Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence (Mild Spoilers)
5 Stars , Reviews / December 5, 2013

This is not quite a spoiler free review. I discuss my reaction to an event early in the book that is often mentioned in reviews.   When I picked this book out, it was before I found the online fantasy community that I now turn to for recommendations and reviews. This is a book that I pretty much just stumbled upon because my library had it available as an ebook. Most of their selection consists of Paranormal Romance and Young Adult and this looked to be neither, so I checked a couple reviews on Amazon and decided to download it. I’m not sure what I expected, but it was likely not what I got. This was my not first taste of “grimdark” but somehow, it seemed the darkest and most shocking and I absolutely loved it. My reading history was dominated by horror, not fantasy and while this is not classified as horror, it does have the same dark overtones and the feeling that characters are not as safe as you might get in horror books. It had many of the elements of fantasy (that were still new to me) and brought in some of the feelings and tones of…