This is a collection of fourteen stories of murder, mayhem, pathos, and philosophy, all set in the world of the Broken Empire.
Within these pages, you will find tales of men such as Red Kent, Sir Makin, Rike, Burlow and the Nuban, telling of their origins and the events that forged them. There is Jorg himself, striding the page as a child of six, as a teenage wanderer and as a young king. And then there is a tale about Prince Jalan Kendeth – liar, cheat, womaniser and coward.
To the new reader, welcome to a lawless world where wit and sword are the most useful weapons, and danger lurks as much in candle-lit palaces as in dark alleys and dense woodland. To those who have already journeyed with Jorg, we hope you will enjoy renewing old acquaintances with your favourite characters. ~ Kindle ~
What a treat. As an avid fan of Mark Lawrence work I found this book of short stories a nice way to fill in some gaps, and just generally keep these unforgettable characters alive that little bit longer. Honestly, the Red Queen Wars Series and the Broken Empire series, we’re absolutely amazing and books I could read over many times, and knowing each time I would find something new or a different view of the storyline. So this book of short stories made me smile greatly through reminiscing over beloved characters such as Jorge and Japan, and those who surrounded them in their time, like Makin, Burlow, Red Kent, Father Gomst and many many more.
Each story bright back many memories from their related series, and there were a few that really did seem to fill some gaps in knowledge, but also have the reader a chance to look at the characters in a completely different light. For example, I found myself captivated in the story of Sim and his killing of the Princess whom thought him a storyteller. It’s very different looking at the world through his eyes and strips away a lot of characters innocence.
My favourite tale however, has to be the final story of Jalan Kendeth and his day of losses on a fortune in gold coins. This had me giggling the entire time I was reading and then laughing out loud at the end when Jalan is shown up by the princesses! Fantastic story and so typical of Jalan.
Overall, I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading yet another of Mark Lawrence fantastic works, and am eagerly awaiting future classics in the making. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the previously named series as well as to anyone who likes a fabulous fantasy novel in a dystopian world of strangeness and adventure. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.