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Palahniuk pulls this shit too, but at least he does it well. Lazy writing. Lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy. It's like filming a trainwreck and p Cw: rape Well, I did it.

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence book review

It's like filming a trainwreck and presenting it unedited because Oh man look at it! It's Art! It's Edgy! But it's honestly lazy and ineffective and there's just way better stuff out there than this. Let's start with the main character. I am not protesting the use of rape as a plot device, however sickening I might find it personally. I am protesting the fact that rape, a special kind of evil, is downplayed to benefit the protagonist's standing among his men. This book starts out with the plundering and burning of some small town in the country.

Jorg is seen giving several less-than-stable orders to his men about what exactly they can do about the absence of material wealth, and points them in the way of several farm girls. Cue rape scene. The one star is not because of Lawrence's sheer honesty and brutality in portraying the total psychopath that people even as young as fourteen years old can become from a bad childhood. His honesty was But why is it that every white male author writes shit like this literally for the sake of being edgy and cool?

This was senseless, baseless — there was simply no point. Why am I expected to be sympathetic to the main character when he pulls shit like this?

Which is total bullshit, of course You know what would be gritty historic realism? GoT has battles and armies marching all over the place. Or a village getting wiped out by cholera? Or typhus, polio or plague epidemics? And the same goes with rape, goddammit. Anyway, let's move on to the other characters. What other characters? Jorg IS the main character, but, I mean, seriously, it's almost as if the most important supporting characters around him were just plot devices in living flesh and bone and nothing more.

No development.

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Totally flat. Existing to only complement the already-gritty-edgy-omgimsocool vibe of the main character. Don't they get any development? At all? We have her stand there as Jorg starts to strangle her near the end. That's what you do to her. Here we have that recurring motif of violence against women, where every girl is either raped or beaten and don't exist in this insipid, too-edgy plot in their own right.

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Thanks, Mr. In case you couldn't figure it out, I do not recommend this book.


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Apr 22, Terry Brooks rated it it was amazing. They are two of three, with the third not yet published. I have read the first and am halfway through the second. As a fantasy tale, Prince Jorg Ancraft's story is quite extraordinary. It begins when he is 13 and already a stone cold killer with a horrific past. This is a dangerous and risky protagonist for any author to put forth, but Lawrence does it with verve and confidence. It is like a train wreck from which you cannot look away.

This is a story that you cannot put down. Every time I said to myself - and it was often - "Oh, he's not going to go there" or "he's not really going to do that," he did. A hard-edge tale of survival and conquest in a brutal medieval world well told and very compelling, it is different than anything I have ever read.

View all 3 comments. Aug 24, Peter rated it it was amazing. I decided to take the arc along with me to Worldcon in Reno, with the intention or reading it by the pool I am still not comfortable taking an expensive eReader poolside. Boy, am I glad I did.

Prince of Thorns had me by the balls in the first chapter. I found myself stealing time to read just a page here and a page there, and whenever a rare block of time opened, I commandeered it in the name of PoT. Read the whole book in less than a week. This used to be nothing, I would read two books a week in high school and college, but these days even a standard pp paperback can take me weeks to finish. Too much to do. There are no wasted words, each is beautifully chosen.

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His world, too, is a wonderful blend of medieval and post-apocalyptic fantasy. After seeing mixed reviews and controversy, I expected PoT to be a lot more violent and disturbing than it actually was.

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence

I think my own books are fairly tame compared to what goes on in the really real world, and yet there are plenty of reviewers who would have you think they are one long rape scene. Fool me once, reviewers, shame on you. But you may find yourself having a little sympathy as you get to know him. Blink, and you might even find yourself rooting for him to succeed. View all 12 comments. Shelves: owned-physical-books.

I have problems with almost every aspect of the book excluding the MC and prose. Every last one of them. Kill them all. Kill their mother, kill their brothers, kill their children, kill their dog. Not to mention that all conflicts in this book seems too convenient for him to solve and the infamous enemies he faced more or less have an IQ so low to even be considered a worthy enemy. I find myself reading the book almost completely devoid of intensity excluding one or two scene. Picture: Chibi Jorg by peastri Another great thing about the book is in its prose.

You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you'll find an edge to cut you. I want the books I read to have other compelling characters rather than one only, the more the better. This is achievable despite the 1st person narrative, Kingkiller Chronicle for example, for a book solely focused on Kvothe, there are tons of other great characters endearing for the readers despite their brief appearances, Simon, Auri, Devi etc. I really hope the sequels to this book to have more great side characters to care for.

Interior Artwork from Broken Empire Omnibus edition by Jason Chan Despite the faults I have with the book, Jorg and the prose itself manage to pushed me to read the book in 2 days not something to be proud of though, the book is really short and from what I gathered so far, this book is more like a setup for the next two books.