Monday, May 18, 2015

Book 52: Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence

The main character in this book is a guy so grim that you cannot like him, unless there's something seriously wrong with you. You would not want to meet him in broad daylight, much less a dark alley or isolated place. And definitely not if you're a woman.

Our reader stopped reading after the 13-year old narrator butchers a farmer then rapes and murders his daughters. For some reason this paragraph turned her off the book completely:

"How old are you?" that fat farmer had wanted to know. Old enough to pay a call on his daughters. The fat girl had a lot to say, just like her father. Screeched like a barn owl: hurt my ears with it. I liked the older one better. She was quiet enough. So quiet you'd give a twist here or there just to check she hadn't died of fright. Though I don't suppose either of them was quiet when the fire reached them…

She admits the book made her think of the opening scene in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Conan the Barbarian. Instead of reading more, she dug out her copy of the movie and watched it instead.

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