I’ve just had the absolute pleasure of reading King Of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence.
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…
Picking up four years after the events of Prince Of Thorns, it’s Jorg’s wedding day – and the day that a six-nation army stands at his gates. The tale then splits to alternating sections of present and 4 years previously (shortly after Prince Of Thorns). We follow Jorg’s path as he deals with Fire and Death, the two opposing forces. We meet his relatives from his mother’s side, and are reacquainted with old freidns and foes. It culminates in a terrific final few chapters that leave plenty intrigue for the eagerly-anticipated Emperor Of Thorns.
An excellent book, following one of the greatest anti-hero’s you’ll ever read about. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Please, take the time to enjoy it.
Thanks for reading.