Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence

26 Sep



Prince Jorg has seen all too much in his short years. Having witnessed the rape and murder of his mother and young brother, while going through his own torture, something inside the young boy has snapped and since a child he has had nothing on his mind but revenge.


I want to start off this review by saying that I truly wanted to love this book. I had heard so many great things about it but it fell a little short for me. I liked it but I couldn’t say it would make any favorites list, all I can truly hope for is that the following books get better.

Issue number one, I could not connect or even care for (either love or hate) the main character Prince Jorg. I honestly felt nothing for him the entire book. It was almost like Lawrence made me feel as if I was the sociopath. I knew this kid was doing things that were evil but I also knew there was something so broken about him that he honestly didn’t care. I almost wish he would have enjoyed the things he was doing so I could hate him but it all seemed to be a means to an end.

Second issue, so I couldn’t connect with the main character, usually there is at least one character that I can say, “I like her” or “I like him”… or, in the case of Joe Abercrombie “I hate you all and you all are pieces of crap”. I just wish there were some kind of emotional response to the book. But it left me going “Meh…”

Third and largest issue, there seemed to be no real motivation for anything done in the novel. Jorg’s whims being apeesed? A spoiled prince always getting his way no matter the outcome? I just didn’t get that his revenge could carry him as far as it did. Maybe I missed something but it just didn’t pan out in the end for me.

But enough ranting, I liked it, I will read the rest of the series but I do hope these issues are addressed in the next book…

Favorite Quotes:

“Tell me, tutor,’ I said. ‘Is revenge a science, or an art?”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Cowards make the best torturers. Cowards understand fear and they can use it.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Most men have at least one redeeming feature. Finding one for Brother Rike requires a stretch. Is ‘big’ a redeeming feature?”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Anything that you cannot sacrifice pins you. Makes you predictable, makes you weak.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Lucifer spoke thus. Pride took him from heaven, though he sat at God’s right hand.’ Her voice grew faint, the hint of a whisper. ‘In the end pride is the only evil, the root of all sins.’
‘Pride is all I have.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“You got responsibilities when you’re a leader. You got a responsibility not to kill too many of your men. Or who’re you going to lead?”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“The way to break the cycle is to kill every single one of the bastards that fucked you over. Every last one of them. Kill them all. Kill their mother, kill their brothers, kill their children, kill their dog.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we’re born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you’re strangers. Maybe that’s what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.” I looked into my own darkness. I knew what it was to be trapped, and to watch ruination. “Each day the memories weigh a little heavier. Each day they drag you down that bit further. You wind them around you, a single thread at a time, and you weave your own shroud, you build a cocoon, and in it madness grows.” The lights pulsed beneath my fingers, ebbing and flowing to the beat of my voice. “You sit here with your yesterdays queuing at your shoulder. You listen to their reproach and curse those that gave you life.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“It never pays to walk blindly. Especially not in your own castle where familiarity hides so much – even when we have the eyes to see.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“It was a defeat, resorting to crude threats in a game of subtlety, but sometimes one must sacrifice a battle to win the war.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“She gave me a smile that left me wondering if I wanted to slap it off her, or kiss it.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns


The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie

The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

The Warded Man – Peter V. Brett

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