Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Review of Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire Book 3)-Mark Lawrence

Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3)Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is mostly praise; small part review. After 1 month of false starts, using all my willpower to hold off because this is the last book in my all time favorite series The Broken Empire, I finally finished it. Not since I was a teenager (20 years ago) and read The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings for the first time have I loved a book/series so much! Apart from that, the The Dark Tower Series and The First Law Trilogy were my favorites and I rank The Broken Empire Series above both. This book was a 5/5 in every area of measurement including writing, character and world building(Imagination), plot, and pacing. Emperor of Thorns is so beautifully written and imagined that it is inconceivable to me that any fantasy reader could not find something about it to enjoy. This book is so well written and has so many lines and paragraphs of astounding beauty, clarity, and grace that I had to put it down many times just to absorb what was written and enjoy the moment. Some of these passages can compete with the best I have read in the field of classic literature as can the book on a whole.

I planned a reread since the day I finished Prince of Thorns and even more after King of Thorns, but upon completing Emperor of Thorns I would actually reread this series rather than read anything else; and I have a lot to read! The only thing stopping my reread is what stopped me from immediately reading Emperor of Thorns the day it was released; the knowledge that once I read it, I won't have it to look forward to again in the same way. So I am putting it off for now and plan to read it probably in the spring right before Mark Lawrence new book Prince of Fools comes out. If you plan to read The Broken Empire trilogy, prepare for an adventure. An experience.

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