Paperback, 399 Pages
Adult/ Dark Fantasy
By: Mark Lawrence
“Tell me, tutor,’ I said. ‘Is revenge a science, or an art?”
After reading and loving Lawrence’s Impossible Times series earlier this year, I decided to start reading his other books. This is also a known controversial series in the adult fantasy world and I always stand somewhere in the middle when it comes to those. I like to think of myself as a fair reader and I succeed in seeing what people liked or hated in those kind of books.
The story is a revenge story revolving around Prince Jorg who lost his mom and brother when he was younger (He is still young in this book, 13-14 years to be more precise) and he is kind of traumatized and trying to reach their killer facing his father the king through this adventure.
The writing is good, I already knew Lawrence has good writing from reading his other series and I think he grew as a writer from what I have read so far or maybe he is a better science fiction writer than a fantasy one. I was confused at some points and I faced this reading the other series and I searched a bit through my friend’s reviews and it looks like I was not the only one who was confused. I wouldn’t count it against the book because these were small parts that I was confused in!
“Few things worth having can be got easily.”
Jorg is not a likeable character and I don’t think he is intended to be one. But I had some problems with him anyway. First, he was only 13-14 years at the time of this story and there were flash backs from when he was 10 years old and since I work in the pediatrics department now, I couldn’t take him seriously because I can’t think that a 13 years old would be that dangerous and evil no matter how you try to show me that. He was unnaturally strong, he was a rapist, a thief, a murderer and the excuses that were given for all of that were not convincing. I also thought the secondary characters did not have much page-time and thus I couldn’t say I had strong feelings toward them.
The world-building also was a bit surprising for me, I always thought the story takes place in historical settings so it was shocking for me to see a computer demanding a password, that’s when I understood it is a post-apocalyptic world! There was not much exploring for the world and magic but I think it has potential.
The plot did not bring much to my reading experience, I thought the book would be a bit more creative and action-packed but that was part of my disappointment as it wasn’t. I always am reading faster when I am approaching the final chapters but that was not the case here. I was just trying to finish the book which kind of sucks! I also should note that I did not believe it was that dark. I have read less notorious books which impacted me more from that aspect!
“Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.”
Summary: I thought the book was okay and average and I was expecting more. The characters were not the best, the writing is good but sometimes confusing and the plot is not that unique. I still believe Lawrence is a good writer because I saw his potential and that’s why I am gonna continue book 2 in this series and then jump into his Book of the Ancestor’s series!