Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Review

Goodreads synopsis
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

My rating: 4/5 stars

In the end it seems we’re just toys, easy to break and hard to mend.

Prince of Thorns follows a young man named Jorg Ancrath who had experienced a tragic event in his past that had shaped him in the most unpleasant and gruesome way. He quite easily could be perceived as a villain in this and any other book. The flashbacks to his past give some backstory to why such evil lies in him and I kind of started understanding why he turned out the way he did. Though Jorg Ancrath took a darker road than most would. He rarely resisted to his urges to kill and spilled blood whenever it wouldn’t set him back too far. He was cunningly smart, determined and oh so lucky (wish I could just borrow it for a while)!

Jorg Ancrath’s band of outlaws turned out to be an interesting bunch. Every single one of them was completely different and dark in their own way. I wished we had been given a little bit more backstory of each of the Brothers because at times it felt too Jorg centered. Though I certainly enjoyed the little excerpts at the end of the chapters that gave some idea of what they were about and made the story much more interesting. I was always looking forward to these smaller excerpts as they were written in such beautiful and almost poetic way.

This is the first book that I’ve read that follows such a cruel character and I found it to my liking. At times I was completely disgusted and just couldn’t believe that a 13 year old child could do the things he did. Which was also the one thing I kind of had a problem with. In my opinion, if he was just a few year older, like 17, I believe that the book would have kept its dark atmosphere and Jorg Ancrath would still be considered young (so nothing would have changed in the way people would perceive the main character). The story would just be a little bit more believable.

I was amazed (still am) with how the atmosphere of the book was set in the very first pages  and after page 15 there were no questions about what kind of book this is going to be. The writing style was quite refreshing and humorous.

The perfumes of lords and ladies tickled at my nose: lavender and orange oil. On the road, shit has the deceny to stink.

Prince of Thorns turned out to be a gripping book that was hard to put down, and the fact that the chapters were pretty short made sure that I tried to squeeze a chapter everywhere I went.

I’d recommend Prince of Thorns to bookworms that enjoy reading darker books or just want to read something refreshing and captivating.

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