One word. Amazing.
Never have I read a book that made me love the anti-hero more. Then there was the prose. The blurb alone hooked me. “Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother’s tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that’s true enough, but there’s something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.”
The book follows the exploits of a broken boy who intends to become king. He has no qualms and no illusions about the cruelty of life and lives as such. Be warned, if you have something against rape, murder, pillaging, death, in other words, if you’re squeamish this isn’t the book for you. Go read some Potter.
However, if you like a book that doesn’t shy away from the evils that men have wrought, this is for you. Lawrence writes in such a way that leaves you hanging on the edge of every word. He bleeds life into his characters, even the ones that are dying. You sympathize, you hate, you love, but the biggest part is, you understand. At least, I did.
Oh, the book has plenty that’s magic, but with the way it’s written there’s no need to explain it. The cleverness of the battles both small and larger are well shown. The way he works his descriptions to his character and world are sublime.
Look, I could go on, but I won’t. If you want a book that’s about characters, life, and an anti-hero that you would love to hate, but you just cannot. Go get this book. If you want an amazing read, period. Get this book.