The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

The Broken Empire Trilogy is a dark and gritty fantasy book series written by British author Mark Lawrence. This trilogy takes readers on a journey through a brutal and unforgiving world, where the protagonist, Jorg Ancrath, seeks power and revenge in a post-apocalyptic setting.

AuthorMark Lawrence
GenreDark Fantasy
Number of Books3
Publication Years2011 – 2013

Main Characters

  • Jorg Ancrath: The central character, a cold-hearted and ruthless prince on a quest for power and vengeance.
  • Making: Jorg’s trusted advisor and friend, who shares in his ambition and brutality.
  • Katherine: A key figure in Jorg’s life and the source of some of his motivations.
  • Nuban: A scholar and one of Jorg’s companions.

Themes and Motifs

  • Power and Ambition: Jorg’s relentless pursuit of power and his willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve it.
  • Revenge: The driving force behind Jorg’s actions, seeking retribution for a personal tragedy.
  • Morality and Ethics: The series explores complex moral questions in a world devoid of traditional ethics.
  • Survival: A harsh post-apocalyptic setting challenges characters to survive against all odds.

The Broken Empire Trilogy in Order

S no.Book’s NameYearBook’s Price
1Prince of Thorns2011Check Price
2King of Thorns2012Check Price
3Emperor of Thorns2013Check Price


  • Critical Reception: The trilogy has received acclaim for its compelling antihero, dark and immersive world-building, and thought-provoking themes.
  • Reader Reception: It has gained a dedicated following, particularly among fans of grimdark fantasy.

Trivia and Fun Facts

  • Mark Lawrence’s writing style in this trilogy is known for its vivid and often brutal descriptions.
  • The Broken Empire Trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and the ruins of our contemporary world can be found throughout the series.
  • Jorg Ancrath, the main character, is often cited as one of modern fantasy literature’s most memorable antiheroes.

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