King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorns Mark Lawrence

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

I found these pages scattered, teased across the rocks by a fitful wind.



Plot

A six nation army marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a shining hero determined to unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.

Faced by an enemy many times his strength, Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan…


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Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy

Unfettered

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

About

When Shawn Speakman fell seriously ill with cancer and was unable to pay his medical bills, he asked his friends to help out with a story. This is the anthology that resulted from it, with the proceeds going towards paying those bills.

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Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

Book Review: Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence


Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★

I am a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, let a friend down. Unless of course not letting them down requires honesty, fair play, or bravery.



Plot

Jalan Kendeth, Prince of the Red March, is not a hero. He is a coward and a liar. Unlike his grandmother, the feared Red Queen, he does not care for war or politics. His goal is to squeeze as much fun out of his life with as little work as possible.

But then he finds his fate entangled with that of Snorri ver Snagarson, a warrior from the North who is determined to go back to the Bitter Ice to safe his family from an army of the undead.

Bound by strange magic, they travel through half the Broken Kingdom, the Dead King’s agents on their tail.


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Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns Book Cover


Rating: 4.5 Stars

Ravens! Always the ravens. They settled on the gables of the curch even before the injured became the dead.



Plot

When Jorg, Prince of Ancrath was a child, the men of Count Renar murdered his mother and his little brother. He could only watch, helplessly, held fast by the thorns of the Hook Briar, biting deeper into his flesh with every move.

That day and those thorns changed Jorg. He leaves his father’s castle and joins a group of murderous outlaws, burning and pillaging as they go. But Jorg has bigger plans: He will be king. Then he will end the Hundred War and become emperor of the Broken Empire.


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