Book reviews: Farewell to Jorg Ancrath

Finished the last two books in Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series. Dark, gritty, and highly recommended!

King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2)King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jorg Ancrath, I just can’t quit you!

Mark Lawrence has done it again with book 2 of the Broken Empire series. Jorg is back, a little more grown up and mature, but still the same Jorg we grew to know and love (or despise at times) in Prince of Thorns. Only now the stakes are higher and Jorg seems to have developed a bit of a conscience. Loved the switching between past and present and the mystery of the box. And I have to say I cheered a bit at the end. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire, #3)Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“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. Don’t think I will not spend 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.”

Oh, yes, I would follow you, Jorg, but only because I’d be afraid not to.

Mark Lawrence has done it again with Emperor of Thorns, the conclusion of the Broken Empire trilogy. Jorg has matured a bit in this last book. He’s married, he’s going to be a father (lots of good reflections on fatherhood in this book), and he seemed a lot more introspective this time around. Maybe it’s because his goal of becoming emperor is within sight, and either he wins or he dies. And it breaks your heart a little because Jorg doesn’t sugar coat anything. Don’t get me wrong, the impulsive, brutal Jorg is still here, and every time you think maybe he’s changed, bam–he’s back into Jorg mode and blood will be spilled. But he understands what he’s done and in this book we see the depths of his pain, even as he makes no excuses for his actions.

I won’t give any spoilers, but we do see more of the empire in this book, more Katherine and Miana (imagine being stuck in a carriage with the two of them!), and more of the mysterious Builders.

When I was about 91% finished I had to stop and put it aside for a little while. Not because I’d lost interest, but because I was sure that things were going to go really badly for Jorg. I wanted desperately for him to find some peace or a tiny bit of happiness. You’ll have to read the book to find out if he does, but I will say that the ending took me by surprise and blew me away. It was perfect. Jorg has definitely taken a place as one of my favorite fantasy characters. And I’m sure if he had his way he’d pick off the other contenders one by one.

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About Cindy Young-Turner

Hippie chick who is still hoping to change the world someday. Author of the fantasy novel, Thief of Hope.
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