Giveaway: King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

A few weeks ago I reviewed King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence and gave it a 9/10 (and I also reviewed the first book in the Broken Empire series, Prince of Thorns, and gave it 9/10). Well guess what? Mark has offered up some signed paperbacks of King of Thorns for bloggers to give away. Isn’t that awesome?

NOTE 15 June 2013: This contest is now closed.

So I will be hosting a competition to win a signed paperback from Mark Lawrence. I will also put up a Kindle edition for second place. How can you win, you ask?

All you have to do is answer the following question:

The Broken Empire series is set in a Europe 1000 years after nuclear war destroyed modern civilisation, and some of the buildings from our time have survived, adapted for new use in a world that has forgotten most of what has come from the modern era. What kind of an impression might a landmark from our time have on Jorg and his contemporaries and why?

(The landmark doesn’t have to be in Europe, just constructed or formed within the last few centuries.)

To enter, reply to this post by 23:59 British Summer Time Friday 14th June (almost exactly one week from now) and I will pick the winners and post an announcement here on Ally’s Desk. I’ll contact the winners to get their address/email and notify Mr Lawrence of the first place, signed paperback winner and he’ll send them a copy.

Good luck!

Update as of 8 June: I was mistaken in thinking this was UK only. I was wrong! Enter from wherever you are worldwide. The above has been changed to reflect this.

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21 thoughts on “Giveaway: King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

  1. I think one of the interesting landmarks that could have a profound affect on Jorg et al would be the Atomium in Brussels. Anything of a scientific nature such as this landmark would be highly irregular in the world that Lawrence created. I believe that seeing the strange shape of the Atomium could invoke a superstitious and cautious reaction from Jorg, in a similar way to the voice recognition panel underneath Castle Red in the first book. It could well be that the arrangement of the spheres on the landmark may be taken as a spiritual symbol by some of the brothers, and it may provoke arguments, which would of course lead to violence due to inflammatory nature of the group. If this were not the case however, it could be that the unusual arrangement of the spheres and their bonds may be interpreted by Jorg as a sign that it is he who will be destined to reunite the empire and essentially bond the warring states together. Therefore it could either have a destabilising effect on Jorgs band of brothers, but also could fortify Jorgs determination and self belief in what he strives for. The only thing that is certain is that atomic science has no place in their world, and so the true symbolism of the landmark would be completely misinterpreted.

      1. I think CNN once labelled it Europe’s strangest building? Its already quite unusual, but the juxtaposition between that and the world that Jorge has grown up in would be massive!

  2. I think the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA would freak – them – out. At first they’d wonder if the hot west-coast sun made an otherwise impenetrable iron fortress melt slightly, before permanently solidifying again. But then they’d scratch their heads and wonder why half of the structure was left completely untouched by the heat, remaining square as a merlon.

    Then Jorg would assume that the Builders had a hand in this piece of magical architecture, and would subsequently try and find his way in in order to use it for strategic purposes against the rest of the world – slowly building up to the tenth instalment in the series called Supreme Universal Master of Thorns. However, after finding his way into the cavernous tiered main hall of the building he sees it for what it really is. And so does the rest of his posse.

    Strained silence ensues.

    Jorg reaches into his pack, lifts something out.

    Suddenly he springs up unto the stage, homemade lute in hand, and begins his critically acclaimed rendition of “Stab, stab, stab”. After only a moment’s pause the rest of the brothers join in, and a merry good time was had by all.

  3. All I keep thinking is the the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri would be terrifying. Gateway to the West, or necromancer’s summoning portal? I can just see some kind of weird circumstance where Chella escapes to the midwestern United States and uses the Arch as a portal to summon a dead army for a final faceoff with Jorg… Hurm.

  4. I also rate both of the first two books 9/10 and am anxiously awaiting the third book, which, being the ending all, will make or break the series for me 🙂

  5. Imagine the puzzlement at the London Eye ferris wheel. Did people live in these “rooms?” Or was it a form of conveyance, rolling down the Thames? Was it packed with units of soldiers, rotating so that reinforcements could pour out consistently from one spot? Or perhaps it was an enormous type of cage for displaying truly heinous criminals? We don’t find a big cultural interest in birdseye views of city scapes until the late 18th and 19th centuries (with the arrival of panoramas, air balloons, etc.), so the fact that such a massive structure was only for leisure and entertainment might be very strange to people living with a different level of technology.

  6. I think that Jorg coming across the Burj in Dubai (currently the tallest building in the world) would be interesting.

    His first impression would be that the Builders became so bold that they even attempted to conquer the gods.

    (For Fun) I decided to throw down MY impression of what HIS impression would be : )


    The spire rose broken and jagged clawing pathetically at the searing, relentless sky above. The edifice, could be seen from miles away, taller than anything I had ever seen, stirred something deep within me.

    The Builders had shaped the world to their will, if Foxler was to be believed, they had conquered the world, the very fabric of reality.

    Before us stood evidence of that statement, of the insatiable greed and ambition that filled the cold, calculating hearts of those from so long ago.

    The world wasn’t enough, they lusted for something greater, the Gods themselves.

    A grim smile spread across my face, I would succeed where they failed. I will build a tower of skulls and bones and strike the gods from their thrones.

    “Come brothers, we’ve some gods to slay.”

  7. As stated above, I think Jorg should come across Burj Khalifa in Dubai (where I live). It’s such a wonder. I think it would cause his great fear.


  8. Very recent, but the Shard in London could prove quite a startling find. It’s an enormously tall glass skyscraper. Its height would confound Jorg, and I imagine he’d both wonder at who could make such things, and dream of being able to make them himself.

    However, it might provoke a Tower of Babel feeling, that those who could build such a mighty edifice would then destroy themselves in the hubris of their power.

    1. Jorg does know the Bible; Babel is certainly something he might think of. A little while ago I visited a couple of sites in London where the company I work for was building residential towers, and you could see the Shard from both though miles apart. It’s inescapable.

  9. Okay, after three tries, let’s see if I can post without loosing my comment in the way (internet and me aren’t in talking terms this week, it seems):

    It is still under construction, but I think Jorg should chance upon the site for the ALMA project. I can just imagine his reaction, trudging up a mountain (and oh, how he loves to climb!), air thinning once he’s 5000mts up, and then suddenly facing a field of 66 giant white bowls, each as big as a small fortress. What if they were still operative, as some tech still is in his day? They would rotate slowly, all of them in perfect sync, their eyeless gaze tracking something Jorg himself couldn’t see, day and night, never tiring, never resting. He’d probably wonder if the Builders imagined they could spy god with their artificial, giantic, alien eyes. He’d probably wonder if they succeeded. He might ponder whether he could do it, too–and whether he could conquer heaven as well once he did.

    That’s my serious answer. I’d really like to see his reaction to that one, and I think he’d be–well, not overwhelmed because he’s Jorg, but you get my meaning. Just for kicks, though, I’d like to see him taking a roller coaster ride 🙂

    Thanks so much for offering this chance! It was lots of fun to think about this question and to see other answers to it 🙂

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