Review: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns by Mark LawrencePublisher: Voyager (August 2, 2011)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. At thirteen, he led a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king…

It’s time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what’s rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar’s men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him–and he has nothing left to lose. But treachery awaits him in his father’s castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?


Jorg is 13 going on 14 at the beginning of the book. He’s brilliant with strategies and capable of leading a band of men (boys), leaving death in their wake. But from time to time you can tell he’s still just a child. He talks good talk, but it sounds like the talk of a very smart child trying to make right the wrongs with even more violence.

Normally I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks but Lawrence does a good job keeping up the action even as he shows the reader how Jorg ended up as he is in the present. I also like the creative way that he starts most chapters with a line or two about the characters. Fun facts the reader doesn’t need to know but are interesting nonetheless because it helps to create a better understanding of the minor/ supporting characters.

The premise is interesting. But there’s just so much violence. It’s violence on top of even more violence. It’s not enough to get me back into the next book, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good read. If you’re looking for a bloody adventure to lose yourself in, then this is it.


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