Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
While this book might appear to be one of those love/hate things, I have to admit that Jorg, the character I love to hate, is awfully compelling.
Sure, he's a right bastard and he'll never mince words when the sword of the blade will do the job quicker, but beyond that, he's all about RESULTS. He never takes half-measures. Whether it's about living life, saving people, or murdering ANYONE who gets in his way, be they loyal or antagonistic, he never, ever, takes half-measures.
I admit I love that about him. Sure, it means he'll kill everyone and anyone to get what he wants, but he NEVER goes back on his word. Of course, that is only a promise he makes to himself, and he has enough pride and bloodlust to put satan to shame, but it makes for a very compelling story.
And then there's all the pure awesome going on with the worldbuilding: a broken future world after the bombs drop and something interestingly quantum opens up the door to belief and expectation altering reality, an amassed army of the undead ravaging this future medieval world, and even high-tech simulacra of men's minds trapped in machines.
It's a heady mix and it's totally grimdark, but more than that, it's deliciously fun.
Let's hear it for Jorg! He's a horrible man but damn, at least he never does anything by half-measures.
Apparently, neither does Mark Lawrence.
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