King of Thorns

King of Thorns

Book - 2013
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After finding ancient, magical artifacts hidden in a chamber beneath the castle, King Jorg plots to use them against the twenty thousand members of the enemy's approaching army.
Publisher: New York : Ace Book, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780425256237
Characteristics: 415 pages : illustrations, map ; 18 cm.

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isaachar
Jun 13, 2018

While I really enjoyed the second chapter of the Broken Empire series, I have to agree with other reviewers that Jorg being a tiny (minuscule, almost not noticeable) bit less of a monster this time around didn't work as well for the story. The compelling element of the first story is that Brother Jorg is an irredeemable monster. He does what he wants not because it's right, but because he wants to. This chapter still has him as an evil, selfish, hateful monster of person leading a gang of others at least as bad as he is. Yet this time around, he shows odd signs of 'maturing' around the middle and end of each timeline in this book. Even with that, the story remains hard to put down. And even with the extremely rare moments of decency, Jorg is still corrupted and beyond redemption. I also really enjoyed reading Jorg face Prince Egon, an enemy who's just as much of a villain is he is, only better with a blade. Which is what makes it hard to put this series down. Anyone who has read Joe "Lord Grimdark" Abercrombie's Shattered Sea trilogy will instantly notice similarities. Enough that they could easily take place in the same world (except for the 'not actually magic' system in this series).

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Argavius117
Jun 10, 2014

I was slightly disappointed that Jorg DID become more reasonable (spoilers) but the fight between him and the Prince of Arrows army was well worth the sacrifice.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

I loved this book.

Jorg's development to a more reasonable human being, or at least reasonable by his standards, was well done. The inclusion of the builders equipment wasn't overwhelming and didn't take over the story, I was always left wanting to know more about it but not in an annoying way.
I like a book that makes me work a little to figure out what's going on and the flashback story style kept me paying close attention so as not to miss anything important.
I look forward to finding out how the story is wrapped up in the next volume.

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PeterDenny
May 22, 2014

I found this series to be one of the worse written. I dont know why people rate him so highly but I hated his mixing fantasy with history, character development, continuity etc. I read these out of spite waiting for it to get better and it did some but not enough to salvage it for me. A sub par series with a lame plot and poor delivery. Character development was annoying at best with unlikable and simply stupid characters. Just my two cents but compared to writers like Sanderson, Erikson, Jordan etc he is just bad. YMMV

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love_the_world
Jun 17, 2013

Really Good : )

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BankShot
Apr 13, 2013

Even better follow up to the Prince of Thorns.

JewelMcLatchy Feb 27, 2013

Raced through this second installment and although I can't wait for the next one to come, I'm hoping the author stops after 3-5 and doesn't drag the series out.

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rene1951
Jan 25, 2013

I wish that they had gotten volume 1 in book format, not just e-format.

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kaizay
Oct 28, 2012

awsome series thrilling and a book that will keep you reading.

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love_the_world
Jun 17, 2013

love_the_world thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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