Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns by Mark LawrencePrince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Published by Voyager on August 2nd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Royalty
Pages: 384
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Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother’s tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that’s true enough, but there’s something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.
From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.
Mark Lawrence’s debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne.

“I may be running out of options, but running out isn’t an option.”

This book was quite the ride. Very original and intriguing to say the least. Probably the darkest fantasy novel I have ever read.
Going into this book all I knew was that Prince of Thornswas about an anti-hero. But let me tell you, Jorg Ancrath wasn’t just an anti-hero, the dude was plain evil. And when I say evil, I mean EVIL. As in, no redeeming qualities. And you know what? I loved Jorg. Seriously, I tried to hate him and failed miserably. It is no secret that I love anti-heroes and morally grey characters but Jorg was in an entirely different dimension. He wasn’t grey, he was black. And I freaking loved it. Not sure what that says about me but oh well…

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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King by Joe AbercrombieHalf a King by Joe Abercrombie
Published by Del Rey on July 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Royalty, Survival Stories
Pages: 336
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Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…

The fool strikes. The wise man smiles, and watches, and learns. Then strikes.

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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal Published by Henry Holt and Co. on July 7th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Royalty, Action & Adventure
Pages: 470
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Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

It should be noted that I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Kiss of Deception but I found the ending so promising that I really wanted to give this series another chance.
If you loved The Kiss of Deception, don’t let this review make you anxious, I’m pretty sure you will like this one more than the first. If you are like me however, and thought TKoD was very meh then this review is for you. To summarize: I was hoping THoB would remedy many things I disliked in TKoD but that didn’t happen unfortunately.
Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first installment in the Remnant Chronicles series, The Kiss of Deception.

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