Posts Tagged With: Broken Empire Series

Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence Review

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I can’t truly express how thankful I am this series ended on a high note, a sad note, but an extraordinary note nonetheless.

 

So much wisdom, so much pain; so much to learn, yet nothing to gain.

 

The wheel of life turns and our sins rise to meet us; our own thorny scars stretch across the planes to greet us.

 

Yet who’s to say what truth we’ll meet on that day?  Will it be a heaven or hell we’ll find as we make our own way?

 

Which is the dream and which is the echo?

 

Till next time,

~T.L. Gray

 

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Passion vs. Indifference

Passion vs Indifference

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“Some men are too dull to feel what might happen. Others torture themselves with maybes and populate their dreams with horrors more terrible than their worst enemy could inflict upon them.”
― Mark LawrencePrince of Thorns

This is one of the reasons why I’m a Mark Lawrence fan.  There are baubles of wisdom such as this all through the Broken Empire series.  While I zip through his books on a first read to discover what happens plot-wise and character-wise, I then slow down, take my time and meditate on many of the passages, such as the one listed above, and really sit back in awe at his wisdom.

This phrase has been rolling around in my brain for a few days because I find myself once again at another crossroad, with another huge decision to make, and teeter back and forth concerning my choices.

I’m guilty of doing everything described above.  At times, not because I’m dull, but perhaps because I’m numb, I can’t even form the words in my mind or heart of what might happen, so I feel and think nothing, pushing all thoughts away.  Then other times, many times really, I lose sleep worried over all the possibilities of what could be successful, and terrified by all the fears of what could be disastrous.   Welcome to humanity.

However, if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose the latter, because I’d rather feel fear and uncertainty than nothing at all.  Indifference, in my opinion, is the worse state to exist.  Anger, hate, fear, hope, love and anticipation are all varying degrees of passion.  I’d rather be passionate, even if it’s passionately wrong, than be passion-less, indifferent, or dull.  I might as well be dead.

Till next time,

~T.L. Gray

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