Emperor of Thorns : Broken Empire

  • by Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by James Clamp
  • Series: Broken Empire
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jorg would be emperor. It is a position not to be gained by the sword but rather by vote. And never in living memory has anyone secured a majority of the vote, leaving the Broken Empire long without a leader. Jorg has plans to change that - one way or the other. He’s uncovered even more of the lost technology of the land, and he won’t hesitate to use it. But he soon finds an adversary standing in his way, a necromancer unlike any he has ever faced - a figure hated and feared even more than himself: the Dead King. The boy who would rule all may have finally met his match....


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What did you love best about Emperor of Thorns?

Everything. I absolutely adore this series, I love the character of Jorg and even more I love how Mark Lawrence continually move the story from current to 4 or 5 years ago. It entirely brings together the man he was and the man he is and why he makes the choices he does.

What other book might you compare Emperor of Thorns to and why?

I have few absolute favorite books in the fantasy genre that reach an epic status in my mind, definitely the king killer chronicles, blood song and the way of kings. I would say Mark Lawrences series also creates the epic feel of a world with its own customs and way of life, gods ands myths that my adored epic series do, however, because Jorg is largely the sole focus of the series and all other characters continuously only carrying minor roles, I think this book does slightly fall short in that. I almost wish Mark Lawrence would have had separate books for each of Jorgs years, but then I suppose to have lived even more years with Jorg, the ending would have been absolutely devastating. For the series he wrote and the length, the ending was perfectly chosen.

What does James Clamp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This narrator does an EXCELLENT job! I didn't even think twice about getting the audible book as opposed to reading it. He uses different voices/inflections for the different characters, even does a fantastic girl voice!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The antics of Jorg would continually make me chuckle and smile. Smile that he was so completely genius and brilliant in his scheming.

Any additional comments?

If you like slightly dark humour, blood shed, or just want a book to get so absorbed in that you lose yourself entirely. Get this series, get it, live it, love it. Mourn it once its over.

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- Just Marvel Me

A very fitting climax to a great series

Where does Emperor of Thorns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At position 1. You finally understand Jorg, and learn about his traumas. You really feel for him, although he is a complete bastard in most of the book. There are some really strong scenes, and they put events in the previous books in a new light. I also really like the non-sentimental way lifes of main characters are handled. Take brother Michael for instance, after surviving great trials, he gets hit by an arrow in a random skirmish. And that's kind of the end of that. Death and changes come quickly, and no one is immune. The story arc was very well thought out as well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Jorg, In this book, one comes to understand why he is as he is. He is maturing, and for the first time starts to question himself in more fundamental ways, Rike is unfortunately not as visible as before.

Have you listened to any of James Clamp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. Good performance, although I preferred the narrator in the first two books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Lomazzo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books