King of Thorns

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King of Thorns

By Mark Lawrence

Ace Books, Hardcover, 9781937007478, 449pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

In Book One of the Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence brought to life the morbidly gripping * ("Publishers Weekly") story of a boy in search of power and vengeance. Now, in "King of Thorns," that boy's journey into manhood takes him to the dark depths waiting within his soul
The boy who would be King has gained the throne...
Prince Honorious Jorg Ancrath vowed when he was nine to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother and punish his father for not doing so. When he was fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now he is eighteen and he must hold on by strength of arms to what he took by torture and treachery.
King Jorg is a man haunted: by the ghost of a young boy, by a mysterious copper box, by his desire for the woman who rides with his enemy. Plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he committed, and of the atrocities committed against him when he was a child, he is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, twenty thousand men march toward the gates of his castle. His enemy is far stronger than him. Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight.
But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain all he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle...

About the Author
Mark Atwood Lawrence is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1999. His first book, Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005), explores the early years of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He is also author of The Vietnam War: A Concise International History (Oxford University Press, 2008) and co-editor of The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2007). His articles have appeared in Diplomatic History and The India Review. He is now working on a study of U.S. policymaking toward the developing world during the 1960s and early 1970s. Lawrence teaches courses in U.S. foreign relations history, the Vietnam Wars, and the Cold War. In 2005, he was awarded the President's Associates' Award for Teaching Excellence by UT-Austin.

Praise For King of Thorns

"Definitely a series that will hit with a bang."
Falcata Times

"Mark Lawrence's wonderful prose is vivid without being flowery, succinct without being plain. He pulls you in and doesn't let go."
New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett