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Author: Mark Lawrence Narrator: James Clamp Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Broken Empire Series Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781464048289
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In book one in the Broken Empire series, Mark Lawrence brought to life the gripping story of a boy in search of power and vengeance. Now, in King of Thorns, that boy’s journey into manhood takes him to the dark depths waiting within his soul.

The boy who would be king has gained the throne.

When Prince Honorious Jorg Ancrath was nine, he vowed to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother—and punish his father for not doing so. When he was fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now he is eighteen, and he must hold on by strength of arms to what he took by torture and treachery.

King Jorg is a man haunted: by the ghost of a young boy, by a mysterious copper box, and by his desire for the woman who rides with his enemy. Plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he committed and of the atrocities committed against him when he was a child, he is filled with rage. Even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, twenty thousand men march toward the gates of his castle. His enemy is far stronger than he. Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight.

But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic—Jorg is not certain. All he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mark Lawrence’s wonderful prose is vivid without being flowery, succinct without being plain. He pulls you in and doesn’t let go.”

    Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Definitely a series that will hit with a bang.”

    Falcata Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/18/2014

    " Much better than the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon | 2/14/2014

    " I give 5 stars, because there aren' t any more to give. My favorite 'new' author now. His use of language borders on poety. While reading I catch myself looking around, unable to believe I'm the only one experiencing it. I have never thought I'd be saying anything like this before, but anything else wouldn't be honest. I wish he had more books in the marketplace, so I could rush out and read more of his writting. Obviously, I am looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christoffer | 2/5/2014

    " Better than the first book, which took too long in developing the character into someone you'd like to read about. Sure, he was pretty badass - but I didn't like him in the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arro | 1/31/2014

    " The PoV and prose sells this for me - and that's even before going into the character 'The King' Honorous Jorg Ancrath. It's different, and no it's not for everyone. If you want shining heroes on horseback riding in to save the day...go elsewhere. If you want bloody minded blackhearts willing to do whatever to get their way...then read on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/31/2014

    " Well. A definite step up from the previous book (better character development and interesting situations, primarily). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 1/20/2014

    " I rarely review anything, and I always aim to keep it short. The characters fantastic. The language is beautiful. The story is grim and compelling. I eagerly await the third book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerome | 11/5/2013

    " Quite simply awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlettdrawers | 10/31/2013

    " Awesome. Pure Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/4/2013

    " Awesome book, i really enjoyed it and found it absolutely captivating. I must have for all fantasy fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 3/30/2013

    " I've grown fond of Jorg's sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/10/2013

    " Too bad Mark cannot write these as fast as they are read. Could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2013

    " Amazing book, love this world and its characters. Its a horrible cruel world that makes perfect sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heath | 10/17/2012

    " I just could not get into this book. It is written well and it has some great one-liners. But those few great lines are not worth reading this entire book, at least not to me. It's a hit and miss. Either you love it or it just does nothing for you. Good luck. "

About the Author

Mark Lawrence is the author of fantasy novels, including the Broken Empire trilogy, the Red Queen’s War trilogy, and the Book of the Ancestor series. He is also a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments.

About the Narrator

James Clamp is an award-winning voice actor, earning his first AudioFile Earphones Award in 2011. Originally from London, he currently lives in New York.