Reading Recommendation: Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns
I read Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns a while ago and I still can’t get over how GREAT this book is, so of course I had to recommend it on my blog:
When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. At thirteen, he led a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king…
It’s time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what’s rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar’s men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage.
Life and death are no more than a game to him-and he has nothing left to lose. But treachery awaits him in his father’s castle. Treachery and dark magic.
No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?
Also, although I have yet to get my hands on it, I’m looking forward King of Thorns:
The boy who would be King has gained the throne…
Prince Honorious Jorg Ancrath vowed when he was nine to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother-and punish his father for not doing so. When he was fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now he is eighteen-and he must hold on by strength of arms to what he took by torture and treachery.
King Jorg is a man haunted: by the ghost of a young boy, by a mysterious copper box, by his desire for the woman who rides with his enemy. Plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he committed, and of the atrocities committed against him when he was a child, he is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, twenty thousand men march toward the gates of his castle. His enemy is far stronger than him. Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight.
But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain-all he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle…
I have to admit that when I saw these books at chapters it was the cover art that attracted me – and it is very beautiful – so I hunted down the cover artist and he is none other than the uber-talented, Jason Chan. If I have any say in the process, I want him to be the one to design the covers for Dagger of the Sun.