Broken Empire
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  • 1
    Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1 | Mark Lawrence

    Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (353)

    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.

    Mindblowing

    Utterly unique, utterly compelling. The best fantasy in years.

    The story bounces back and forth in time which can be confusing. It works, tho..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 March 2014 by Janine (BRACKNELL, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2 | Mark Lawrence

    King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (238)

    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, though 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 though 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.

    "He said", "she said" - ad nauseum

    Yes! - the constant "he said", "she said" every time any character utters a word. More than any other book I've listened to, this is really intrusive ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 April 2014 by Theodor Adorno ()
  • 3
    Emperor of Thorns: The Broken Empire, Book 3 | Mark Lawrence

    Emperor of Thorns: The Broken Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By Joe Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    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 then 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.

    Indelible

    Up there with GRRM & Joe Abercrombie as a fave author. Have listened, twice to the whole trilogy . Fantasy? Sci-fi? Don't categorise, just enjoy the e..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 January 2014 by D. Menashy (Bushey, London United Kingdom)