KING OF THORNS
This masterful trilogy continues in book two, where we follow an antihero from youth to manhood. Stunning prose abounds in Lawrence’s descriptions of the monstrosities of war and in his brutal, beautifully narrated scenes. In spite of its 400-plus page count, the novel moves quickly and skillfully. The Broken Empire books must be read in proper order to understand and enjoy this amazing narrative.
During the nine years since his mother and brother were murdered, Jorg has ascended from prince to king — a journey littered with blood and bodies. To keep his kingdom in hand, he’ll need to deal with unlikely allies, old enemies, new foes and mysteries of his past that aren’t what they seem. Still steeped in magic and malevolence, he carries past scars both visible and not. As he matures from boy to man, he’ll need everything in his arsenal to defend his throne and defeat those who would take it. The cost will be high. Can he succeed, or will he once again be a prisoner of thorns? (ACE, Aug., 464 pp., $25.95)