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Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night.

All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse. From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve him a future with all hands turned against him. Mark Lawrence's debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.

©2012 Mark Lawrence (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critiques

"Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two in the morning page turner. Jaw-dropping." (Robin Hobb)
"This is a lean, cold knife-thrust of a novel, a revenge fantasy anchored on the compelling voice and savage purpose of its titular Prince. There is never a safe moment in Lawrence’s debut." (Robert Redick, author of The Red-Wolf Conspiracy)
" Prince of Thorns got hold of me from page one and didn’t let go until I finished it on my second reading session on the second day. There’s humour here, gut-wrenching realism, high adventure, something that might be magic in the story, and certainly is in the telling of it. It was almost as if the shade of David Gemmell had returned, somewhat nastier for the experience. Thoroughly recommended. Thanks Mr Lawrence." (Neal Asher)

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  • Global
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  • lum
  • 21/08/2012

Dark, violent, sarcastic and unapologetic about it

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Prince Jorg was faced with the murder of his mother and brother and it transformed him and his world view. He is not a “BATMAN” out to save the world, but just one more “BAD MAN” living in it but not giving in to it. Equipped with his own unique ultra-morals he makes his merry way and to hell with those living or dead who cross him.

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  • Global
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  • Kurelic Robert
  • 06/04/2018

A fine grimdark tale

Quite refreshing spin on the fantasy genre but slightly annoying in terms of protagonist superluck

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24/01/2018

Great, fresh and unique.

Narrator gives a very on point portrayal of the main character. A very gripping story if you enjoy a protagonist who is quite crazy, ruthless and unpredictable. Great book overall, but at times feels a bit rushed, especially the ending.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 12/08/2016

A cunning, cruel and ruthless protagonist.

Joe Jameson's captivating performance is the reason I finished this book in record time, though his accent may present an obstacle to non native English speakers.

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  • Costumer
  • 06/02/2016

good and bad

entertaining, fast phased, interesting, but messy, lacks a climax, don't know if ill read the next book, at least not yet.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26/01/2014

If you are tired of the stupid heroes, come here

What did you love best about Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1?

that there is no stupid hero who has to save the day just cause they are "good"

These kinds of dark books are hard to find, im hoping to be able to dig up a few others because i heavily dislike the save the world because evil is bad crap.

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  • J. Hoare
  • 14/02/2013

A dark violent tale

I was starting to worry that audio book delivery of fantasy titles would never be as enjoyable as wading through a paperback. However I am pleased to say that the combination of Mark Lawrence's tale and Joe Jameson's narration has reassured me that audio book fantasy can deliver a quality product.

This is a dark and violent tale of an angry young man with no fear. The story twists and turns as we learn that what is on the surface is not always the real story.

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  • Ivan
  • 15/09/2012

A real surprise

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I expected more of the same cliché fantasy characters and plots. This is far from cliché. I loved the dark, human, aspect of the lead character. Also, the back story is very interesting. More of it develops in the second book and hints at real complexity in the story.

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  • Eivind
  • 27/08/2012

Humerous kid anti-hero

Young prince travels with a gang of cutthroat mercenaries raping and pillaging through a war-torn world divided into a hundred tiny kingdoms all run by kings whose brutality is only surpassed by their cruelty and greed. So our hero is not really a likeable fellow, he is a little evil vengeful brat to be quite honest. But he is also at times a quite funny and not to mention a clever fellow. That and the fact that we are early on introduced to the event that made him such a monster helps us understand him somewhat, combined with the fact that everyone else seems like such complete bastards and we end up cheering for him anyway.
He is clearly traumatized, ensorcelled even, but he keep going. Brutally so. Now there isn’t really that much violence in this novel. Oh, they speak of violence all the time as they threaten each other or reminisce, but it is more a book about trauma and vengeful thoughts than and a true action novel. It is dark though, there is no hiding that. Dark and at times quite humorous:

“Most men have at least one redeeming feature. Finding one for Brother Rike requires a stretch. Is 'big' a redeeming feature?”

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  • Geert
  • 25/10/2013

Hmmm... morbid and far fetched

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This was beyond saving for me I'm afraid. This story was boring in it's eccentricity. Just didn't do it for me.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story starts out kinda promising but soon turns morbid with a semi humorous twist. Hard to describe it. It's so over the top that I had trouble listening any further beyond the first couple of hours.

What didn’t you like about Joe Jameson’s performance?

Very UK, the man is a voice magician. But he made the unbelievable story only more far fetched and for me that resulted in sort of a turn off.

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  • Korbinian
  • 10/02/2016

Etwas andere High Fantasy

In "Prince of Thorns" folgen wir einem Prinzen im Exil, der sich einen Namen machen und seinen Thron zurückbekommen will. Es ist eigentlich die klassische "Ein-Auserwählter-auf-seinem-Weg-zu-großen-Taten"-Geschichte. Nur waren in bekannten Beispiele wie "Prinz Eisenherz" die Hauptcharaktere immer hochmoralische Gutmenschen mit großem Herz und einer beinah naiven Ideologie.
Hier haben wir einen quälenden, mordenden, arroganten Superschurken. Und es macht so viel Spaß ihm zuzuhören. Vor allem da Joe Jameson in wirklich gut zum Leben erweckt. Und der nordenglische Akzent rundet es großartig ab.
Beste Szene: Ein Engel bietet ihm den Eintritt in den Himmel an und er antwortet mit Verachtung für Gott und seine Schergen und kommt mit Gewalt wieder zu Sinnen. Classic.

Und als Kirsche auf dem Eisbecher kommt manchmal durch, dass das ganze eigentlich in einer postapokalyptischen Zukunft spielt. Quite the ride.
Einziger Minuspunkt ist, dass es auf Dauer manchmal etwas viel wird und man etwas anderes braucht, bevor es wieder denselben Spaß macht. Ansonsten sehr zu empfehlen.

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  • Kitvaria
  • 15/01/2014

Kann man, muss man aber nicht...

Ich kann mich hier meinem Vorredner nur anschließen - mich hat die Geschichte einfach nicht gefesselt. Weder die Hauptfigur konnte mich begeistern, noch die Handlung. Jorg blieb die ganze Zeit über irgendwie "zweidimensional" nenne ich es mal - der Charakter kam für mich einfach nicht rund rüber.
Die Geschichte selbst hat es mir auch nicht wirklich angetan, weder der Handlungsstrang, noch besondere Ereignisse, noch besonders spannende Momente konnten mich in dieser Welt fesseln. Zu Ende gehört habe ich es nur, weil ich gerade keinen WLan Zugang hatte im mir was anderes runterzuladen...

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  • Julia Jäger
  • 29/01/2013

Enttäuschung

Prince of Thorns ist eines der wenigen Hörbücher, die ich nicht zu Ende gehört habe. Ich bin auf dieses Buch als Empfehlung zu Joe Abercrombie gestoßen, hätte mir aber wahrlich Besseres erwartet. Ich kann mich nur schwer mit dem Protagonisten, Jorg, anfreunden. Dieser ist als Antiheld konstruiert, seine Persönlichkeit scheint mir aber nicht ganz durchdacht. Für seine gerade einmal 15 Jahre hat er einige seltsame Eigenschaften und kann mir zu viel, ist mir zu brutal. Hört man ihm bei seinen Erzählungen zu, würde man ihn wohl eher an die Vierzig, eher aufwärts, schätzen. Auch die Welt, in der die Geschichte spielt, ist zwar interessant, aber unrund. Ritter und Schwerter und Könige und Schlösser, die einmal Wolkenkratzer waren. Eine kleine Abweichung von den Fantasyromanen, die man sonst immer liest/hört. Könnte interessant sein, ist aber unausgereift und lückenhaft.
Mein Fall war das Buch nicht - ist aber auch Geschmackssache.

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