Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence — book review

Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. HarperVoyager ‘14.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Prince Jorg, heir to the throne of Ancrath, lost a brother and a mother in the worst way. Estranged from his father’s kingdom as a child, he now has new brothers under his command, not of blood ‘ but he commands loyalty nonetheless. With his rabble of dangerous and often hard-to-control killers, Jorg journeys back though his past to reap revenge on the people who took away his family.

He is not yet a man grown but Jorg knows exactly what he wants, or at least he thinks he does. Count Renar, the man who killed his mother and brother, is the main target, and Jorg will do whatever it takes to get to him. But darker forces are stacking up against the boy. Faith, betrayal and powerful magic weave more challenges into his quest and there is more than just revenge at stake.

Hailed as the British answer to Game of Thrones, Prince of Thorns is certainly bloody enough and its protagonist cruel and interesting enough to draw comparison. There is something powerfully disturbing about a bloodthirsty 14 year old hell-bent on revenge, and I had to read on; this is a page-turner for sure. The gore is interspersed with well-controlled prose and literary references that drive an intelligent and compulsive narrative. No doubt a series to be followed closely.

Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. HarperVoyager ‘14.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Prince Jorg, heir to the throne of Ancrath, lost a brother and a mother in the worst way. Estranged from his father’s kingdom as a child, he now has new brothers under his command, not of blood ‘ but he commands loyalty nonetheless. With his rabble of dangerous and often hard-to-control killers, Jorg journeys back though his past to reap revenge on the people who took away his family.

He is not yet a man grown but Jorg knows exactly what he wants, or at least he thinks he does. Count Renar, the man who killed his mother and brother, is the main target, and Jorg will do whatever it takes to get to him. But darker forces are stacking up against the boy. Faith, betrayal and powerful magic weave more challenges into his quest and there is more than just revenge at stake.

Hailed as the British answer to Game of Thrones, Prince of Thorns is certainly bloody enough and its protagonist cruel and interesting enough to draw comparison. There is something powerfully disturbing about a bloodthirsty 14 year old hell-bent on revenge, and I had to read on; this is a page-turner for sure. The gore is interspersed with well-controlled prose and literary references that drive an intelligent and compulsive narrative. No doubt a series to be followed closely.