Heroic protagonists are a dime a dozen. Frodo and Aragorn of Lord of the Rings, Raistlin Majere of the Dragonlance series, Kvothe of the Kingkiller series, Harry Potter, and Shea Ohmsford of the Shannara series strive to overcome the forces of darkness by acting for the good of the world and overcoming daunting obstacles. Their sagas are uplifting and inspiring, and their worlds are better for their strivings.
Prince Jorg Ancrath is not one of those heroes. His motive is pure, calculated revenge. Having seen his mother and little brother murdered before him, he embarks , at the age of 16, on a single minded amoral and brutal campaign of vengeance against his family’s killers, his father (who he also blames for their death) and the tangled web of political cut and thrust warfare waged to keep his father’s kingdom “safe”. He recruits a bloodthirsty band of criminals destined for execution and creates with them a twisted band of brothers who loot and pillage through the Broken Empire. They become his tools to overcome an evil even greater than his own.
The first in the Broken Empire Trilogy, The Prince of Thorns chronicles the journey of an exceptional child in a world of blood and treachery as he rises to his birthright through wit, will and brutal action.