Lawrence brings the Broken Empire series to its devastating conclusion. The path to the throne is broken - only the broken can walk it. The world is cracked and time has run through; leaving us clutching at the end days. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne no matter who stands against me; living or dead and if I must be the last emperor than I will make of it such an ending. This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles; my brothers. Don't look to me to save you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don't follow me. Follow me; and I will break your heart.
King of Thorns
The second book in the Broken Empire series; Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition. To reach greatness you must step on bodies; and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I've walked from pawn to player and I'll win this game of ours; through the cost of it may drown the world in blood... The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First through he must gather his own pieces; learn the rules of play; and discover how to break them. A six nation army; twenty thousand strong; marches toward Jorg's gates; led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds; if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg's game plan.
Prince of Thorns
From the publisher that brought you Game of Thrones... Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy; original; absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother; and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers; quick with knife and sword; and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times; the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that's true enough; but there's something worse out there; in the dark. Much worse. From being a privileged royal child; raised by a loving mother; Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns; a charming; immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife; nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead; but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him. Mark Lawrence's debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery; magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal; and sometimes beautiful; picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.
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