Synopses & Reviews
The City is ancient, layers upon layers. Once a thriving metropolis, it sprawled beyond its bounds, inciting endless wars and creating a barren wasteland of what was once green and productive.
In the center of the City lives the emperor, a man in his prime though he should be very old. Some grimly speculate that he is no longer human, if he ever was. A small number have come to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the war is to end the emperors unnaturally long life.
From the mazelike sewers below the City to the blood-soaked fields of battle, the rebels pin their hopes on one manShuskara. The emperors former general, he was betrayed long ago and is believed to be dead. But he has survived, hiding from his immortal foe. The time has come for him to engage in one final battle to free the City from the creature who dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land drenched in gore.
“This book is brilliant.” --Galaxy Book Reviews
“[A] morbidly gripping, gritty fantasy tale.” --Publishers Weekly
“The best book I’ve read all year…[Lawrence] pulls you in and doesn’t let go.” --New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett
“Prince of Thorns deserves attention as the work of an iconoclast who seems determined to turn that familiar thing, Medievalesque Fantasy Trilogy, entirely on its head.” --Locus
Praise for Mark Lawrence and Prince of Fools
and#8220;Mark Lawrence is the best thing to happen to fantasy in recent years.and#8221;and#8212;Peter V. Brett, international bestselling author of The Daylight War
and#8220;There is no doubt this is a Mark Lawrence noveland#8212;pick it up and you will immediately see the hallmarks of his storytelling and writing style which made The Broken Empire trilogy such an incredibly addictive read, replete with his darkly droll humor and very quotable dialogue. Fans wonand#8217;t be disappointed.and#8221;and#8212;Bibliosantcum
and#8220;Prince of Fools is Mark Lawrenceand#8217;s newest and perhaps best attempt at proving what a talented wordsmith he is. Be sure to read this one if you enjoy dark fantasy rife with superb characterization, black humor and a fast-paced plot that will leave you hooked till the very end.and#8221;and#8212;Fantasy Book Critic
“An astonishing book.”—James Barclay, author of the Legends of the Raven series
“Exciting, intelligent, emotional.”—SFFWorld
“Gemmell proves more than capable of standing on her own with this powerful epic fantasy…Richly textured prose and settings distinguish this novel, and fans of grimdark fantasy will hope it spawns many sequels.”—Publishers Weekly
“Every chapter ends in another question, making it nearly impossible to put the book down…The characters complexities are a marvel, making them relatable and believable.”—RT Book Reviews
“[Gemmell] is an excellent writer…A gripping climax and wonderful multidimensional characters…A new and very powerful voice in the world of fantasy.”—Parmenion Books
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?
BOOK ONE IN THE BROKEN EMPIRE TRILOGY
"Prince of Thorns deserves attention as the work of an iconoclast who seems determined to turn that familiar thing, Medievalesque Fantasy Trilogy, entirely on its head."--Locus
When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of 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?
First in a brand new series from the author of The Broken Empire Trilogy.
The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sisterand#151;unseen by most and unspoken of by all.
The Red Queenand#8217;s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendethand#151;drinker, gambler, seducer of womenand#151;is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks itand#8217;s all a rumorand#151;nothing that will affect him.
But he is wrongand#133;
About the Author
Stella Gemmell has a degree in politics and is a journalist. She was married to the internationally acclaimed and bestselling fantasy novelist David Gemmell and worked with him on his three Troy novels, concluding the final book, Troy: Fall of Kings, following his death in 2006. Stella lives in East Sussex and writes in what was once the dairy of a fifteenth-century farmhouse. The City is her first solo novel.