Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1)

Write on: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 by  in Archive Read 3912

I've read some gritty fantasy recently. I've read Monarchies of God. I've read The Black Company. And I've read The Grim Company. But none of them features as grim a gang as Jorg and Co. 


It's hard to believe a fourteen year old boy committing atrocities of such horrendous enormity. Killing without conscience, killing and killing and just killing. I mean, does this guy ever get tired of killing. And then there's the gang. I wouldn't last an hour in their company: I'd quickly get my throat slit by Red Kent, or better still, a crossbow bolt in the gut by the Nuban... 

The book is written G.R.R Martin style: dirty, violent and raw. Our protagonist is no heroic chivalrous Richard Cypher/Rahl. He's more of the father-gutting Tyrion type, with an aversion towards the bright side of life.

The story is great, without being particularly outstanding. Plot didn't take too long to ignite: something to be expected from a relatively short epic fantasy read as this. The major flaw here will be the magic. It seems confused and disorganised, not properly explained. I think the book would have done better with less magic. I also liked the part where the author uses elements of the real Medieval world such as the papacy, Jesus, Rome, Latin and even as far as Shakespeare!

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