Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns

By: Mark Lawrence

Synopsis: When he was nine, he watched as his Mother and Brother were killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be King…

It is time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what’s rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar’s men slaughter his Mother and young Brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him – and he has nothing left to lose.

But treachery awaits him in his Father’s castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?

Format: The Prince of Thorns is the first book in The Broken Empire series. It introduces the young prince Jorg, and follows him in the beginnings of his dark and twisting story. My copy is 319 pages long, published by the Berkley Publishing Group in 2012.

My Thoughts:   This is a book that truly grips you in a mixture of fascination and horror. The main character is fourteen for most of the book (ten in some places and 15 towards the end) yet he does things that most of the treasured villains in popular culture would be willing to even consider. Yet because he is the main character, you find yourself cheering him on through his victories, and worried during his trials. It is intriguing to be behind the eyes of a dark and evil person, even if you can sympathize with him as you learn more about him. It is not often you have a protagonist that is so dark. Which is quite refreshing!

As far as plots go, this one gets you in deep. You are immediately introduced to a very large, yet broken, empire that is embroiled in a battle for ultimate control. Everyone seems to be playing against everyone else in a bid for unimaginable power. As part of this game you have only 100 people who can truly claim the prize. This does not stop dark, magical forces from attempting to control these 100 nobles. The complexity of the politics of the world are amazing, let alone the way the plot flows through it.

Not only that, but the characters give you views into what it is like to be evil, or commit evil actions. They show you vile acts, and how and why they committed them. The characters are what makes this world feel so real, and the characters are what makes the plot so fantastic.

I could go on about this book all day. Save yourself the time, just get it for yourself and experience it!!

Let me know in the comments what you think!

The Uncrowned King by Rowena Cory Daniells

The Uncrowned King

By: Rowena Cory Daniells

Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Piro watches powerless as her father’s enemies march on his castle. A traitor whispers poison in the King’s ear, undermining his trust in her brother, Byren. Determined to prove his loyalty, Byren races across the path of the advancing army, towards the Abbey. Somehow, he must get there in time to convince the Abbot to send his warriors to defend the castle.

Meanwhile, the youngest of King Rolen’s sons, Fyn, has barely begun his training as an Abbey mystic, but he wakes in a cold sweat, haunted by dreams of betrayal.

Format: The Uncrowned King is the second book in The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin series. It follows the children of King Rolen, and what they are doing in these tumultuous times. My copy is 274 pages long and was published in 2016 by Solaris.

My Thoughts: This book picks up right where the first book leaves off, and doesn’t set you back down until it is over. It is the kind of story that always leaves you out of breath and wanting more.

Anytime an author is following more than one character it is challenging to ensure all of the characters are engaging and what is happening to them is important for the story. That being said, this book does it brilliantly. Each time the perspective changes you wish to know what happens to the other character, yet it then enthralls you with what is happening to the next character.

To add to that you have an amazing plot of intrigue and betrayal, where no one is quite who you think they are. It all adds up for a fast paced sequel. I will probably go out right away to buy the next book in the serie, as I can’t tell you how excited it makes me to learn there is more to read on these characters. These characters sneak their way into your heart and head, and do not leave until they are sure you will follow them to the ends of the Earth.

To top it all off, this book goes further into the magic of this world, which is illegal in the country of Rolencia. I don’t want to give anything away, so read this book to find out more!

It is truly fantastic and I promise you will love it!!

Tell me about it in the comments!!

Warheart by Terry Goodkind

Warheart

By: Terry Goodkind

Synopsis: All is lost. Evil will soon consume the D’Haran Empire. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything.

Except what isn’t lost is Kahlan Amnell. Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world forever.

Format: Warheart follows Kahlan’s desperate journey to save Richard, and is the conclusion to the Sword of Truth series as well as the final Richard and Kahlan novel. My copy is 463 pages long and was published in 2015 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. (Tor books is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.).

My Thoughts: It is truly hard to order my thoughts after reading the conclusion to a series I have been reading for a very long time. I have re-read these books over and over, and now they are done. Yet, what a fantastic conclusion to an amazing series.

This book contains the amazing characterization you come to expect from Terry Goodkind. His characters feel so real, and experience such raw emotions that you easily form connections with them. You can relate to them, cheer for them, or even hate them depending on the character. Creating such a strong emotional response to words on a paper is the mark of a true master of writing.

It is all good to have great characters, but what do they do? Well, the author certainly doesn’t leave you high and dry on the plot. You get a fantastic time of learning what you expect, and then how the characters actually solve a problem is usually something different. There is always a change in the solution that requires logical thinking, yet is outside of what you would expect. This keeps you on the edge of your seat, and leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction as the problem is solved.

One of the things I like most of this book is the Wizard’s Rules. They seem to make so much sense to life, and are designed in a way that works together in complex and wondrous manners (The first wizard’s rule appears quite simple but has impacts throughout everything the characters do). These rules, on top of the magic in this world, make for an entrancing read.

The magic in this series is very well crafted. Everything has to be in balance, so there are generally two sides to magic (additive and subtractive). As the series goes on further layers are revealed to magic and how it intertwines with life. It is truly marvelous. The magic entwines with the world so well that it is a true part of the plot by just existing.

Truly a fantastic read, you can’t go wrong with anything in this series. So go check it out and let me know what you think!!