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. Download and start listening now!