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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Lawrence Narrator: James Clam Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Broken Empire Series Release Date:
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by Devon Ward | 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 by Christoffer Keisu | 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 by Arro Grimauch | 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! "

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About the Author

Mark Lawrence is a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and he has held secret-level clearance with both governments. At one point, he was qualified to say, “This isn’t rocket science—oh wait, it actually is.” Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY. Married with four children, he lives in Bristol.