PRINCE OF THORNS
A brilliant and at times brutal start to an epic trilogy by a debut author who makes his mark with a huge exclamation point. The characters shine, especially enigmatic Jorg, and the plot will make you shiver. Lawrence’s dialogue is masterful in its horrific beauty and enhanced by the narrative. This barbaric coming-of-age story is a must read for all fantasy lovers but will appeal to all readers with great imaginations.
At age 9, Jorg helplessly watched his mother and brother viciously murdered. His savior: the hooked thorn bush that kept him still as he watched the carnage that ended his childhood, his innocence and perhaps his sanity. Stuck in his father’s castle, Jorg escapes the post-attack captivity he feels and embarks on a journey that changes him forever. Four years on the bloody and war-ridden road of revenge later, and followed by his band of “brothers,” he decides to return home to the father who still incites fear in him. But when he gets there will he find a loving father or a hated foe? (ACE, Aug., 336 pp., $25.95)