Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – Review
Immediately lost a review point from me because it used the phrase “game of thrones”, but apart from that, it was well-written, and I found myself drawn into the character of Jorg, his darkness and the apparent zombie threat lurking in the corner of his kingdom. The “magic” went a little unexplained, but I enjoyed the fantastical elements. As a 13-year-old mass-murdering rapist, Jorg will not appeal to everyone and it will be hard to form an attachment to him, but he can be an enthralling character nonetheless.
But, one thing nearly made me put it down, and that was (view spoiler)[the plot point introduced that showed it is not our distant past, but our immediate future, and that Jorg is living in a post-apocalyptic Europe (hide spoiler)]. I don’t know why it that was so off-putting for me, but I felt it detracted from the strength of the narrative and add a degree of implausibility.