Today’s review is the last book in the Broken Empire series, Emperor of Thorns.

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About the book:

The path to the throne is broken – only the broken may walk it. To reach the throne requires that a man journey. Even a path paved with good intentions can lead to hell, and my intentions were never good. The Hundred converge for Congression to politic upon the corpse of Empire, and while they talk the Dead King makes his move, and I make mine. The world is cracked, time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days, the future so bright that those who see it are the first to burn. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne whoever seeks to thwart me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending. 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.

About the author:

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’. Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.


A stunning conclusion to the Broken Empire series. This book like the other two, (Prince of Thorns, King of thorns) Is easily one of my favorite books. The culmination of one of the greatest fantasy protagonist Characters ever, Jorg. A wonderfully surprising, and worthy ending to this trilogy. If you have followed through the first two books, it should not shock you that Jorg does not give you the ending you might expect. It is however, an ending that makes perfect sense. As with the first two books Mr. Lawrence’s poetic prose in his story telling, Jorg along with all the other strong characters, and the Fantasy/Sci-Fi worldbuilding are all in this book as well. As I sit here thinking back on this series I am sad that the ride is over, but happy for the experience. Everyone needs to go out and get these books. I am excited to read Mr. Lawrence’s new series The Red Queen’s War, set in the Broken Empire, with new characters. The Prince of Fools is the first book. Very excited! Overall this was a fantastic series, by a great author. I will put these books proudly on display, on the self next to Tolkien and Martin.

5/5 Stars

5/5 Stars to the series

Next review is Prince of Fools, first book in the Red Queen’s War. The conclusion to Mark Lawrence week.

Thanks again everybody! James  mightythorjrs – Fantasy/Sci-Fi book review.

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