I have, at last, had the immense pleasure of reading Emperor Of Thorns, the last book in the Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence.
We pick up where King Of Thorns left off, and we are once again split between two timelines that converge to bring the full meaning of the story together, as well as the addition of Chella’s point of view for a handful of chapters, all to further the story in an interesting and eventful way.
“To reach the throne requires that a man journey. Even a path paved with good intentions can lead to hell, and my intentions were never good.
The Hundred converge for Congression to politic upon the corpse of Empire, and while they talk the Dead King makes his move, and I make mine. The world is cracked, time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days, the future so bright that those who see it are the first to burn. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne whoever seeks to thwart me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending.
This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don’t look to me to save you. Don’t think I will not spend you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don’t follow me.
Follow me, and I will break your heart.”
That, coupled with knowledge from the previous two offerings in the series, should let you know that this final book is every but as sinister, every bit as entertaining, and every bit as wonderful as this terrific series deserves. I won’t spoil the specifc contents of the pages, as they are there for you to discover and love for yourself, but I will say that the ending was inevitable, well-crafted, and absolutely perfect for the charatcers, the story, and the readers. Honorous Jorg Of Ancrath will forever be one of my favourite characters, and his story is one that I can’t recommend highly enough.
Thanks for reading.