Hey Stranger Nation!
I have been utterly lazy since the holidays and I apologize if this review is not as good as the last. I finished this book just before the holidays and therefore needed dig in my brain in order to remember the full story. This review is about the second book of “The Broken Empire” series. Like usual lets start by reading the description from Goodreads.
To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…
The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.
A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.
Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.
Congratulation Mark Lawrence you have created another masterpiece and made an even more fantastic novel than the first of the series. I found that this book ran away from the magic a little bit and showed how Jorg Ancrath really is Intelligent and a mastermind. Also instead of showing secondary character stories in between chapters. The author writes from the point of view of Catherine by showing her journal. I have found most of them good, but found that some of those journal updates where long and boring. Reading this second book will be a war long story, jumping back and forth from the past and present. You will be sad, joyful, excited, and won’t be able to put the book down. I just can not wait to read the third book of the series in order to complete this series of reviews. You should definitely give it a try if you read the first one even if you did not like it. I give this book a big 5/5 rating.