Emperor of Thorns Was a Sharp One

*No spoilers!*

emperor of thornsI’m an endings person. I’ve mentioned this before- I’ve always thought there’s no point starting well and ending badly. That cathartic chord of a well struck conclusion is where it’s at for me. And I’m not the only one that thinks this- series are often judged on their endings- so there was a lot of pressure for this book, the last in a so-far excellent series, to deliver that perfect final note.

And boy- what an ending this was! To say that the tempo was raised in this book would be an understatement. So far the journey had been mental, but even then there was no way to see where the road was heading. The direction it took was on another plain (quite literally- it is fantasy after all). With more than one twist of the knife, this story skewered my heart and dragged it up through my throat. Every wild turn gave me palpitations. Lawrence said in the afterword that he wanted to end this series on a high- and by god did he do that. (And by high I mean: mind-blowingly, soul-crushingly good)

As you all know by this stage, I love Jorgy. But what was a marvellous addition to this book was having sections dedicated to the villainous Chella. Yes, that’s right, this book has villains to offset its anti-heroes. It added another dimension to the book.

And like always, it was amazingly well written:

“The scars of the briar mark me, a calligraphy of violence a message blood-writ, requiring a lifetime to translate”

“Careless words scattered like broken glass for the Brettan to pick a path through. Chella came to Kai’s aid before he cut himself”

“I’m only an echo and I feel only an echo of the love he would have had for you. But it’s a very loud echo.”

I mean that just speaks for itself!!

Rating: 5/5 bananas


Do you like this series? Are you planning on picking it up? And which book do you reckon ended especially well? Let me know in the comments?

38 thoughts on “Emperor of Thorns Was a Sharp One

  1. I borrowed prince of thorns and had to return it to it’s owner before I could finish. I’ve been meaning to grab a copy but never got around to it. Now I have to! Sigh. This sounds like it’d be worth the many pages.

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  2. Prince of Thorns is in my library and seeing how well this finale is doing, I’m ready to finally start the book. I’m excited! Great review!

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  3. This sounds so cool! As a self-proclaimed avid fantasy reader, I’ll have to check it out!
    Lovely post, and, by the way, I really love your rating system:)) Much more inventive than mine, haha.


  4. One of my fave trilogies… which you probably knew already but so happy the ending delivered for you, as well… you just made me want to reread the three books… And those quotes just reminded me all those times I stopped reading and though- hell! This is quality!

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  5. I haven’t read this series, but it’s on my TBR. I have loved reading your reviews and the reviews of some other bloggers I trust– however, I wonder: Is this trilogy particularly violent? I don’t mind violence if it’s mild or poorly described, but details and graphic violence are a big no for me. Lawrence seems to be known for his graphic violence, too.

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    1. Ah thank you so much!! Hmm I don’t recall it being especially graphic- but I’m not especially good at noticing those sort of things. Maybe try the prologue as a sample and see what you think? Sorry I couldn’t be more help

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      1. Hahaha. I will definitely try that out! Don’t fret about it– most people don’t notice how violent things are nowadays. It’s amazing how numb we are to it. Most authors are easy to identify as graphic or not fairly quickly, so the prologue should work!

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  6. Aahhhhh so glad to see your love for this series. I also agree: The ending is where it’s all at. No beginning can save an ending hahaha Definitely looking forward to reading this series!! Great spoiler-free review! 😀

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  7. Oh wow, so glad this final book is amazing, I’m extra looking forward to continuing the series now!! And I 100% agree with you, endings are so important, there’s nothing like an awesome, cathartic finale to leave you glowing and eager to shower it in stars (or bananas 🙂 ). I can often forgive a poor beginning, but I can rarely forgive a terrible ending.

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