Mark Lawrence was born in Champagne-Urbanan, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. He went back to the US after taking a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College to work on a variety of research projects including the 'Star Wars' missile defence programme. Returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. He says he never had any ambition to be a writer so was very surprised when a half-hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a global publishing deal overnight. His first trilogy, The Broken Empire, has been universally acclaimed as a ground-breaking work of fantasy, and both Emperor of Thorns and The Liar's Key have won the Gemmell Legend award for best fantasy novel. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.
When he was nine years old, Prince Jorg vowed to avenge the murders of his mother and brother and to punish his father for failing to do so. Now, at 18, King Jorg rules in his father's place and must concentrate on holding his kingdom against invading armies who greatly outnumber his own forces. When he discovers a hidden chamber beneath his castle, Jorg realizes that he possesses the means to wield great power against his enemies, if he dares to take the risk. VERDICT The first volume of Lawrence's trilogy, Prince of Thorns, was an Internet sensation before it saw print. This new installment in the life and times of Jorg Ancrath features the true coming-of-age of a warrior king. Reminiscent in tone of Glen Cook's "Chronicles of the Black Company" series, this dark and gritty fantasy adventure should please fans of military fantasy and no-frills action. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
'An excellent writer.' George R.R. Martin
'Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and
drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner. Absolutely
'Excellent - on a par with George R.R. Martin'
'[A] morbidly gripping, gritty fantasy tale.'
'Lawrence's poetic prose is amazing, far and away the best of
the modern fantasy authors'
PETER V. BRETT