King of Thorns isn’t just better than Prince of Thorns, it improves on it. Let me explain what that means.
The first book was all about setting up Jorg’s character. I’ve discussed it at length so I won’t do so again, but every reader has a clear picture (though not necessarily the same picture) of who we’re reading about. King of Thorns takes this and plays with it, exploring it to a depth not fully realized in the first volume. You thought Jorg was a complex character? Just wait until you’ve read King of Thorns.
This series is ultimately about Jorg and watching his growth, and King of Thorns delivers. The different scenes, the flashbacks, the way the story was told back and forth between the present and “four years ago” all culminated in a richly wrought tale. The author isn’t as big on wordy descriptions as we’ve come to expect from his genre peers, but the sheer wittiness and wordplay of some of the lines are a testament to his skill and mastery of the craft.
And don’t overlook the plot! It was an improvement too, with the mystery and the cleverness and the big reveals. But it was merely a backdrop through which to experience Jorg. That’s the way I like my books—character first—so I tip my hat to you for that, Mark Lawrence.
PS Emperor of Thorns is en route, and I can’t wait to start reading!