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  • More grim and dark than grimdark

    There are heroes who will stop at nothing. There are anti-heroes. Then there is Jorg. As wider events across the kingdoms unfold, Jorg must face up to his past in order to survive the present, and make a future for himself and his band of Brothers. In any other series of books, Jorg would be the villain of the piece. A prince of one of the hundred kingdoms, he is the leader of a violent gang despite being only a teenager. He demonstrates a complete lack of compassion and pursues his goals with a single minded ruthlessness that is unusual even by the standard of 'grimdark' fantasy fiction. But in Lawrence's very capable hands the reader will be rooting for him, despite his highly questionable motives, morals and actions. The narrative follows two lines, the 'present' and the events of four years previously when Jorg first took up his life of robbery and violence, with other flashbacks into his deeper past, exploring just why he is the way he is. The characterisation is superb, and the description of the fantasy world Jorg inhabits is spellbinding. As the odds he faces mount, Jorg simply becomes more cunning, more devious and more deadly. If he can't win within the rules that the world has set, he simply changes the rules to suit himself. There is also a terrific streak of black humour that runs throughout the book, which somewhat lifts the tone. This does show a little as a first novel. The writing is maybe not as fluent as the subsequent works and sometimes the story wanders a little before getting back on track but, just like Jorg, it does what it sets out to do. If you like your fantasy full of happy elves and heroes prepared to risk all for a noble cause this probably isn't the book for you. If you want to read about someone who will stop at nothing when he is pushed to the limit then this may well be what you are looking for. Rating: Plenty of graphic violence and sexual references throughout

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  • Interesting read

    Fairly good,interesting anti hero.

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  • Dark

    This book was a bit dark. It was an ok read with lits of flash backs which i don't really like It seems that writers in books and tv like to use flash backs to give a prolouge or to fill out the story which anoys me. But it was still understandable.

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    Great book am reading the next.:-)

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  • The Broken Empire Trilogy

    The author has a slightly unusual writing style and I almost stopped reading the first book . However I'm very glad I persisted, as it grew on me, book by book and ended up being one of the best series I have read. The central protagonist was, at times, reminiscent of Michael Moorcock's Elric. So if you like an unusual story with a strong anti hero, I thoroughly recommend this series.

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