"Kinda Game of Thrones, on crack" - Fork
I hate comparing things to Game of Thrones, but that's how I would sell this book to you. It's probably mostly the fantasy setting they have in common, but there are some other similar themes and I just felt like it had a kind of similar vibe.
It's as if the author scaled back the slowness of the social game in GoT, and ramped up all the great bits we wanted to see more of like The Mountain's raping and pillaging, Arya's revenge story, with additional dashes of magic, scifi and a few very unexpected twists.
I have already read this book, but would love it put it up for Book Club because firstly it's a bloody great book, and secondly it's the first book in The Broken Empire trilogy and in the future we could put the second book up if people like it.
It's not a long book, is quite easy to read and fast paced (after the first bit at least) and just fucking fantastic.
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?
Also, the main guy's name is Jorg. How great is that?
It's not for the faint of heart though. It's quite gruesome and grotesque, with a side-dish of rape and a heavy slathering of tough moral decisions. Don't be scared or confused by all the Brother's names too, you'll soon realise most characters don't stay around too long!
If it sounds up your alley, give it a shot as I don't think you'll be disappointed.