“When cutting out a heart-and I speak from experience here-expect to be crimson head to toe.”
This is the first book in Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire trilogy, and my first-ever Mark Lawrence book! And fuck, it was awesome! It’s a first-person narrative, and centers on Jorg Ancrath, a 14-year-old prince, coming of age on the road with his merry band of murderous and treacherous brothers. This book is dark, no doubt about that. Jorg is quick-tempered and violent, and is a bit more of a doer than a thinker. Jorg tends to react first, and then worry over the consequences later.
The story is full of bleak humor, which takes a bit of the edge off the grim events. It definitely feels like the first book of a trilogy. It’s easy to see much bigger events being set into motion. Overall, I was a big fan. I understand there was/is some controversy over the handling of violence towards women in this book, and I’m certainly curious/cautious to see how that’s handled going forward in the series. Readers should at least be aware that it’s part of the violent & bloody landscape here.
There are also some very atypical things happening in this book (I won’t go into spoilers), almost like a strange little puzzle to solve in the way back of your mind as you read. Again, very impressed with Prince of Thorns, and can’t wait to continue on with this series.