Prince of Thornsby Mark Lawrence
Synopsis:When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. At thirteen, he led a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king…
It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what's rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar's men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him-and he has nothing left to lose. But treachery awaits him in his father's castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?
I am starting to realize that I really am one of those people that picks a book based on the cover; with Prince of Thorns it was even worse. I saw the cover for book two (yes this is a series) and decided book two simply looked amazing and so in order to read it I needed to read book one hence Prince of Thorns. This book took me by surprise. The main character Jorg is 14 and quite frankly I would have never believed he was so young aside from the fact that he tells you he is 14 and Jorg is not one to lie about anything. The author does an amazing job with Jorg. Jorg is violent, ruthless, calculating, fearless, and full to the brim with a desire for revenge that borders on obsession but even though he is all those things and seems to have no regard for human live (aside from his own) you still are rooting for him to win and conquer the world and his own demons. Prince of Thorns is a fairly quick read full of action, adventure, and violence with many twists and turns that leave you wanting more. But be warned it is also a fairly dark book and if you are at all squeamish about blood or violence I do not recommend picking this book up.