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The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

What a great read this turned out to be.  I was completely engrossed and fascinated. Jorg Ancrath starts of as a young prince who wants to get his throne back, get back everything he has lost and most importantly get revenge and he is prepared to do anything to achieve his aims. The thing is that Jorg Ancrath is a despicable violent bastard. He does things that should curdle your blood. But despite all of it, Jorg's voice is compelling. I couldn't help but put myself in his shoes. For most of the trilogy I was Jorg Ancrath even through his dastardly deeds(especially through his dastardly deeds). There was a part of me that couldn't help identifying with his ruthless streak of getting what he wants no matter what the cost. I have yet to find another character who embodies "The end justifies the means" more than Jorg Ancrath. The world itself set on an Earth of the far future. (Similar to the dying earth series by Jack Vance and Book of the new sun by Gene

A case for reading the middle book in trilogies first

I have been experimenting lately with reading the middle books in a trilogy before the first and the third and I have been impressed with how much better the experience turns out. I haven't been able to figure out why this works better but I have a few guesses. Usually people say that middle books are the most boring parts of a trilogy but I have found that this experiment has completely changed my perspective. The first book in the series usually has the world building and the buildup of the story so the beginning is usually boring or not as riveting as one would like it to be. Once you get to the middle book all the stuff has happened so you are in a space where the characters have grown with the events and are more mature. It turns out our brains are incredibly elastic and fill out some backstory for the characters and their motivation. The figuring out is a lot of fun and every reveal is fantastic. Also usually during the first books a writer is finding his voice, the shape