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Review of During the Dance by Mark Lawrence

Review of During the Dance by Mark LawrenceDuring the Dance by Mark Lawrence
on 2014-07-31
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 9

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A short story (2000 words)

A story of love, loss, and the dance in between. Absolutely not a romance.

I’ve think I’ve said it before, and if I haven’t, let me say it now: I’ll read anything Lawrence writes. I might take a while in between his books, but I will devour everything. Those breaks are needed because Lawrence writes emotionally charged books. Ones that dig their thorns in you and never let go. Yes, I realize what I did there. Apparently, Lawrence can do the same with a story that takes about five minutes to read.

I didn’t cry—I’m usually not a big cryer—but just because I didn’t tear up doesn’t mean this wasn’t an impactful story. It’s too short for me to go into details. With the time one would take to read this review, they could simply download it for free and read it themselves. Matter of fact, I suggest doing that right now. If you’re not a fantasy fan, don’t worry; there are no dragons or evil wizards. If you are, you’ll still love it. If you hated Lawrence’s The Broken Empire series, give this a try. I promise there’s no character performing immoral acts. It’s just a simple story of loss done brilliantly. I’d recommend this to everyone. Everyone.

About Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.

Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.

The Prince of Thorns is his first published novel. It is the beginning of a projected trilogy following the fortunes of Honorous Jorg Ancrath.

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