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Mark Lawrence

Written by Jeremy. Posted in Tales from the Bookcase

Author’s Website: Mark Lawrence

This poor bastard doesn’t even know he’s made our stalking list, which may be a good thing, for us, considering he is a scientist working on artificial intelligence. And if he does, then we’ll be putting on our tin-foil hats and ramping up our vpn’s. So if you plan on stalking his works, you might want to be a bit careful. Use cash, an alias, and concealing clothing. Just saying.

A friend of mine who frequents the fantasy realm picked up the Broken Empire Series, and instantly thought of me. I love main characters that are borderline evil, or are conflicted enough to think they are. I didn’t find the entire series until attending a release party at Barnes & Noble with a friend. She was off being sociable and silly with other Cosplayers, while I began prowling the bookshelves stalking my next fictional character. It didn’t take long, and I found the Broken Empire trilogy, and the new fictional love of my life, Brother Jorg.

Nothing says read me like an opener like this:

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…


Prince of Thorns (book one), sets the stage for what appears to be Jorg’s ambitions, but we soon find out there are stories within stories, plots within plots, and motives within motives. You end up venturing and wondering just as Jorg does, are his actions and ambitions truly his? Or are they the orchestration of someone behind the scenes else pulling the strings?

King of Thorns covers more ground by starting off with a few years later and the outcome results of the end of Prince of Thorns. But mostly it unravels past events that are plaguing Jorg, and are leading up to the present. Here I had to put the book on pause because I wanted to really analyze some of the events going on to get a stronger feel for what they are leading up to. Jorg seems scattered and there are some holes that need to be filled, not just for me but for Jorg as well.

The Broken Empire Trilogy

Prince of Thorns
Synopsis: Collected From Amazon.com

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 brier 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?

Haven’t gotten to Emperor of Thorns yet, (finishing King of Thorns tonight!), but getting there. One thing is for sure, this is a series that I wish wouldn’t have ended in a trilogy.

But even so, there is another character waiting in the wings… Prince Jalan Kendeth.

Where Jorg is mercurial and ruthless, Jalan, from the synopsis’s I’ve read, the complete opposite in the The Red Queen’s War Trilogy. I can’t wait to see what his story unfolds.

The Red Queen’s War Trilogy

Prince of Fools:
Synopsis from Amazon.com : 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 Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—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 it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him.

But he is wrong…

We’re Back! Madder & Badder Than Ever!~ Sort of~

Written by Jeremy. Posted in News & Updates

Welcome Back! As you can see, there have been some major changes to the site; mainly because someone, (not mentioning any names … Jason), tried to do something and wiped out all our files. So, here we are, back to square one.

The good news is we have all new content and a few recovered articles and graphics for you to reminisce over. Pickin’s are slim right now, but we are working on bringing you more content and interactions. Patience is a virtue! We are more concerned with quality over quantity.If you have a suggestion for the site, you are more than welcome to pitch a few ideas by contacting us.

We ran out of time for our own deadline. No worries though! We will be pushing out more updates and adding the rest of our junk in the trunk this week.

Below is when you can expect some new articles from Nik’s outtings:

The Springer Opera House’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show Review’ – November 3rd
Nik goes to ConJuration (Review) – Nov. 8th

The rest of the site should be fully operational by November 18th!

For now, enjoy our articles, play nice in our Muggles the Gathering Forums and consider helping out around here. Yes, for the first time in ten years we are looking for contributors and guest writers.

Hope you enjoy!

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