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Empire of Thorns – by Mark Lawrence – A review of the trilogy


Utter gut churning brilliance, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Utter gut churning brilliance, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

I’m being a bit lazy here as I can’t be arsed to review each book individually, I’m too busy trying to write my own stories and get as a good as Mark ‘bastard writes too well’ Lawrence to do that. So I’ve decided that I shall review the whole lot in one go.

Jorg, Jörg, Jörg. What a thoroughly decent and upstanding human being he is. He extolls every virtue held dear to mankind. Charitable to those in need, merciful to those who wronged him, and a champion of woman kind, he strides across his world fighting evil and righting wrongs.

Only he doesn’t. Jorg is an absolute fucking bastard. He’s the sort of wanker you hate, but are too scared to be anything but nice to because he’d kick the living shit out of you and then fuck your daughter. But, in this set of stories, I bloody love him. Mark Lawrence has taken a poor innocent boy who could have been everything in the first paragraph, and then put him through some of the shittiest things I have ever seen a hero go through. That he came through as sane and – dare I say it – well balanced as he is a bloody miracle.

Mark Lawrence’s writing is not PC. It’s not for people can’t fucking bear a bit of pissing swearing in their wank-stained books. It’s not for people who don’t like cruelty to animals. It’s not for people who don’t realise that there really are people like Jorg in the real world. It’s not for people who can’t enjoy a crackingly good grimdark read. If you’re one of those, fuck off. Or, buy the book, cry your hearts out and then write a one star review that will give Mark Lawrence more sales.

Mark Lawrence is a genius of our time and I hate him – but love him, it’s a paradoxical nightmare – for his mastery of the written word. If you’re the sort of person that realises that there are only shades of grey in our world, that people like Jorg really do exist, and who enjoy a well-planned, well-written, well-rounded character that you not only come to understand, but almost – ALMOST I SAID – grow to love, then these books are for you.

Buy them. BUY THEM ALL.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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One thought on “Empire of Thorns – by Mark Lawrence – A review of the trilogy

  1. Damn you, my To Be Read pile is big enough as it is!

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    Posted by shavenwookiee | October 3, 2014, 6:47 pm

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