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Summary

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. 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.

©2013 Mark Lawrence (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner. Absolutely stunning... jaw-dropping" (Robin Hobb)

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great character. rubbish ending. narrator superb

love the character. story brilliant right until the end. where it just becomes honestly awful. basically from the final fight onwards. you'll really enjoy it up until that point. but it does feel a bit like everything brilliant and then he decided to do the whole ending on a rainy day in Norfolk

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  • D. Menashy
  • Bushey, London United Kingdom
  • 27-01-14

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 exceptional writing and wonder at how the whole trilogy's arc comes to a neat and fitting conclusion that actually provides satisfying closure.

Joe Jameson's brilliant narration is a joy in itself, his voice for Jorg is so fitting, plus he manages to come up with such apt and varied voices for the myriad of other characters. Would love to hear his take on A Song of Ice and Fire...

In short, these 3 books resonate in your mind long after they've been finished. They simply glisten.....

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enthralling

this triology was one of the best plots that kept me amazed and wanting more

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Simply great

I really dont like giving all 5ves but in this case I have no choice. An epic story (in all three books) with a main character that is a fantastic rendition of an anti-hero. anti climaxes mixed with great twists. A fantastic reader who manages to pull you into the world. These books are some of the best fantacy I have read in a while and makes me want more.

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Fabulous

This is the last in the series and you really have to listen to / read the previous two: not because this book won’t stand on its own, it will, but you’ll miss how the main character develops over all three.
I loved this series and have had to make an exception to my rule of not going back to re read or listen to fiction

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Almost

This is the conclusion in a 3 book story that at times promises much but too rarely doesn't deliver. It builds and builds at times and you think or you hope that its going to kick off but sadly no.
After finishing the series l felt slightly let down, going in I was hoping for something similar to the Blade Itself series of books by Joe Abercrombie, however its nowhere near the same quality.
A very average read/listen and definitely not worthy of a second.

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Good series but a slightly poor end

I think the final edition of this trilogy is where Joe Jameson came into his own.

However, I couldn't help but feel the final battle was an opportunity wasted. The story was always about more than the battles themselves however the book had been building to that final moment.

Overall a great trilogy

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Great

I'd give this audio book 4 1/2 stars really, but as the ending of the whole trilogy which I enjoyed enormously it gets a 5. A great end to the whole story and the narration is excellent. I feel Joe Jamerson got better as the books went on. Obviously if you liked the first two audio books you'll no doubt like this too, so there's not much to say apart from thanks to author and narrator for providing such an enjoyable experience.

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Amazing

Loved these books. Brilliant story I was fully engrossed in. Brilliant characters, great plot, well narrated. Was so sad when it ended. You can't go wrong if you give this one a go

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Earth shatteringly good.

If u like Michael Sullivan or robin hobb or Brandon Sanderson then u are in for a real treat u will prob finish the entire series in less than a week and sacrifice a lot of sleep
This is one of those for fantasy lovers that when u are finished u wish u could delete your memory of it and listen to the whole thing with fresh ears again and again
I will be watching this author very closely for new works
I hear there is another trilogy and it has a lot of the characters so that's my next listen
This and the seven isles series are the best listens I've had so far this year and I don't normally take the time to review although I have over 100 fantasy titles in my audio library

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-17

Verry good

Was a little short on action in the end but, it was a superb ending to the series..

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  • Kristian Mosti
  • 30-03-17

A good, dark and original story.

I just wish there was more, but then again I feel as though it finished just the way it was supposed to. Definitely recommended, it's well worth listening to.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 11-10-16

A disappointing ending to a great saga.

I can't say that I enjoyed the final chapter of the Broken Empire trilogy. While I found the first two books absolutely fantastic, this third one falls completely short of the expectations I had.
It feels like the author is beating around the bush most of the time and then dumps a rather quick and unsatisfying ending based around a twist I saw coming from a mile away.

I devoured the first two books, but this one took me forever to complete. Again a great performance by Joe Jameson, but he alone cannot fix the disappointment that was this book.

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-02-14

Good listen but disappointing ending

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The story follows from the previous books. Sometimes the flipping back between the present and the past seems excessive. Most of the loose ends are tied together. The ending was broadcast well in advance. It didn't quite happen as I would have expected (which was that Jorg's convictions were manipulating reality to produce the dead king, especially since the guilt of hanging in the thorn bush and not saving his brother/mother is an underlying issue throughout the series). In the end the actual ending was a bit deficient. and the equality of dream and reality doesn't quite explain how the link between conviction and reality is 'fixed' at the end.

In any case the book is worth listening to, especially after the other books.

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  • Joel
  • 10-10-13

Surprisingly good

Series started poorly. The book overly and uncomfortably and too realistically focused on the brutality and misery of defenceless children and random murder. However by the end of the series it all made a point. This series is definitely above average and worth the read. Perhaps this author will be worth future consideration in any new series.