Emperor of Thorns by
Mark Lawrence is a satisfying conclusion to the bloody and darkly humorous world of the
Broken Empire, in which Jorg must choose whether to put aside his pride and ally with his
father, Olidan of Ancrath, to heal the world and return the dead to their rest, or remain
proud and independent and watch it all burn.
Mark Lawrence has built a world with intriguing, complex characters and
Jorg is great fun to watch: confounding his enemies at every turn despite seemingly
impossible odds, deploying allies like tactical missiles in battle and "polite"
conversation. And it's hard to fault Jorg some of his evil when unleashed against such a
cast of corrupt and greedy men (and this is before we get to the zombies!) in service of
protecting his admittedly twisted concept of innocence.
Mark Lawrence's ultraviolent anti-hero will be sorely missed.