TITLE: Road Brothers
AUTHOR: Mark Lawrence
RATING: 4 stars
CONTENT WARNING: lots of blood, death, violence and some really gruesome parts.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS: Harper Collins NZ sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review
This is a collection of fourteen stories of murder, mayhem, pathos, and philosophy, all set in the world of the Broken Empire.
Within these pages, you will find tales of men such as Red Kent, Sir Makin, Rike, Burlow and the Nuban, telling of their origins and the events that forged them. There is Jorg himself, striding the page as a child of six, as a teenage wanderer and as a young king. And then there is a tale about Prince Jalan Kendeth – liar, cheat, womaniser and coward.
To the new reader, welcome to a lawless world where wit and sword are the most useful weapons, and danger lurks as much in candle-lit palaces as in dark alleys and dense woodland. To those who have already journeyed with Jorg, we hope you will enjoy renewing old acquaintances with your favourite characters.
I THOUGHT I PUBLISHED THIS WHEN I GOT IT… IN LATE NOVEMBER ! BUT INSTEAD IT HID IN MY DRAFTS, SORRY TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN WAITING ON THIS </3
This was the second time I stepped into Mark Lawrence’s worlds, and it was almost as enjoyable as the first time.
Road brothers is a collection of 14 short stories based in the broken empire (with the last one focusing on Jalan not Jorg) and ranged from stories of how he became who he is, to how he gained his band of merry murderous men.
I have different thoughts for each story, but overall I’m giving this 4 stars as that seemed like the most even spot within my specific thoughts. The highest I rated a story was 4.5 ( bad seed & no other Troy ) and the lowest I rated anything was 3 but I rated quite a few that low.
I think that you probably SHOULD read the broken empire trilogy first, and maybe the red queens war trilogy if you’re interested in that too ( spoiler alert, I read the last story of this collection which was about Jal and I didn’t like him ) because the stories are placed in all different parts of Jorg’s life which can he confusing
Personally I really enjoyed my time reading this, because Jorg has always intrigued me. He’s a murderous character with what seems like no regrets. I’ve never really read about him before this, other than seeing quotes and edits of him and I’ve always wanted to know more because I’m a sucker for villains or anti hero’s.
I think if you’re not a fan of gore and grim dark stuff, this might not be for you. Especially story two as there are a few specific scenes in it of gore that are gross. But if you’re okay with gore and murder and darkness, I believe you might enjoy this short introduction into the broken empire world
Until next time,