Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, is the first book in the Broken Empire Series and I chose it because I needed a good fantasy to read. I will say I was a little surprised by the main character, Jorg, who was decidedly unlikable, and yet...I kept rooting for him.
As the story begins, we are with Prince Jorg of Ancrath and his merry band of cut throats who have cut a swathe of destruction and death across the lands. Jorg is at first an unsympathetic character, too young to be so cruel, until we discover why. At the age of nine he witnessed the killing of his mother and younger brother by Count Renar's men. Now, five years later, he's ready to have his revenge.
What I liked about this book was the author's ability to make me root for Jorg, who went about killing without the least bit of remorse, even for the innocent. It helped that Jorg's father and his necromancer were worse though it takes a while before we meet them. Still, I liked the book a lot and my only complaint would be that Jorg is a little too lucky sometimes. I would give this book four stars and I will probably read the next book in the series.
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