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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
Prince of Thorns  - Mark  Lawrence
Prince of Thorns incredibly underwhelmed me as a reader. Let's get it out of the way that of course this is an opinion, by no means fact. But I do intend to provide a strong argument as to why I believe in my opinion.

I will forgive the first 50 pages, which let me down with their rougher quality prose. The prose on the whole turning out to not be a strong point to the book overall, though some suggest it improves in later books and it's never kept me from liking a book. I will also admit that the premise did not appeal to me on the whole, not being a fan of the whole move towards the grim/dark type of fantasy novel.

The first problem is, for me anyway, Mark Lawrence didn't quite have the right type of skill to keep me invested in this novel as a reader. In many ways, with how extreme Lawrence has taken this it seems designed to sell. Not that that in itself is a negative - all authors write to sell books to a degree (they want people reading them after all!). But to me, this came across as a little artificial, as if the author purposefully went out there to write a book populated with vile characters and little moral fibre. Which I think reflects a lot as to where society are going, with beliefs in the non-existence of evil and so on. And oddly, the way it was done left me feeling...nothing and empty.

I cannot give this one star in honesty, due to the fact that to give it one star would be to state there was no value in this book. I feel that the very fact that Lawrence could write a novel which featured such a villainous character as the hero and cause the reader to appreciate him, was in itself skilful. The fact that the pages kept turning as I read with the frenetic pace, once I warmed to how the novel worked, was also a positive.

I would recommend this novel to those who like villainous protagonists. Who like misogynistic narrators who kill, steal and rape (basically Jorg's a younger, more unbelievable version of Alexander the Great). As for me, I don't particularly care for vile characters when the only point to them is to be vile. It's why I didn't care for another well written but depressing novel in [b:Gone Girl|8442457|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1339602131s/8442457.jpg|13306276]. It's why I don't care for some of G.R.R Martin's novels - when it is emphasised. Because to me characters are defined as having particular characteristics for a reason and I don't know that I can fully see that reason. Maybe I will in the following novels...