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Book Review: King of Thorns

King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2)King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Today on the blog I’m reviewing King of Thorns, book two of the Broken Empire Trilogy, by Mark Lawrence. Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars. [Side note: my rating system is out of 5 stars, but I will rarely give a book 5 stars.]

Prince Jorg of Ancrath is now King Jorg of Renar, having stolen the small kingdom from his uncle at the end of the first book. Like the first book, this one follows two time lines: the present day, which consists solely of the happenings of Jorg’s Wedding Day; and four years ago, which spans a year or more, showcasing events that happened after Jorg took over Renar. The present day has the now eighteen-year-old Jorg getting married to the twelve-year-old spitfire, Miana (my favorite character in the trilogy). It would be a joyous day, except for the fact that tens of thousands of the Prince of Arrow’s soldiers are hold-up outside Renar Castle ready to burn the place down. The Wedding Day timeline follows Jorg as he tries to defeat Arrow’s army. The four years ago timeline picks up shortly after Prince of Thorns left off. Jorg is King of Renar, but finds being King to be a bit dull. He and his road brothers venture out into the broken empire with their new titles and what unfolds are the events that lead up to the Wedding Day.  Continue reading Book Review: King of Thorns

Book Review: Prince of Thorns – Book 1 of the Broken Empire Trilogy

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1)Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While on my weekly stroll through Barnes and Noble last month, I picked up a trade paperback copy of Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence simply because I liked the cover art (it was simplistic and straight forward–a cloaked boy standing on a pile of bones). I read the blurb on the back, and since Game of Thrones was about to have its season finale, I purchased Prince of Thorns to help quench my thirst for medieval violence.

After glancing through some of the Goodreads reviews I noticed that people either loved or hated this book. I read the book in two days (the entire trilogy in three weeks), and give it 4 stars. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to read a Game of Thrones type story narrated exclusively by the one main character (no head-hopping in this book).  Continue reading Book Review: Prince of Thorns – Book 1 of the Broken Empire Trilogy

Book Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I give The Maze Runner between 3 and 3.5 stars. It gets 4+ starts for the overall concept, plot and world building. But only 2.5 stars for writing quality, character development and story structure.

I felt that the voice was bland, overly passive and highly repetitive. Most of the characters were one-dimensional, which made it hard to distinguish who was who. Most of the Gladers seemed highly interchangeable as characters, even the Keepers. Only Thomas, Minho and Chuck had any depth. Terasa had the opportunity for depth, as the only girl in the crew, but she was as one-dimensional as the rest. As a result, I couldn’t really connect with the characters at all. Not being able to connect with the characters made reading The Maze Runner a bit of a chore.  Continue reading Book Review: The Maze Runner

Book Reviews

I’m not really a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I am keen on the idea of mid-year resolutions. Since we have reached the mid-point of 2014, I have resolved to blog more. One way I plan on keeping this resolution is by posting reviews of the books I am currently reading. I just finished James Dashner’s The Maze Runner  and will post my review tomorrow. Most of the books I review will be speculative fiction (since that is mainly what I read and write). I’m starting with a traditionally published novel (actually, the first few reviews will be of books from big publishing houses), but plan on reviewing self-published and small press books as well. If I stick to my plan, you can expect a new review every two weeks.