Category: Writings

On writing Prince of Thorns

  The below guest post from Mark was originally posted on the Clarion Foundation‘s website and it’s so brilliant that I often point people at it. It was posted there such a long time ago (2011) however that I always have this slight trepidation when I click on the link: what if it’s not available anymore?…

Grey Sister Teaser 3

  “There are many poisons that will induce madness but none perhaps quite so effective as love. Sister Apple carried a hundred antidotes but she had drunk that particular draught of her own free will, knowing there was no cure. Thorn and briar tore at her, the ice-wind howled, even the land opposed her with…

Grey Sister Teaser 2

  “And with that push Abbess Glass set a new game in play, one domino falling into the next. So many pieces to fall, so many chances to fail. No one but her understood the game yet, but that didn’t mean she would win it. A thrill of fear ran through her. But the ice…

Grey Sister Teaser

  “When a child is given to the Noi-Guin it is sacrificed to the dark. Some few may survive the training but the adult who then descends the fortress walls on a moonless stretch of night a decade and more later will be a different person. They will have been cut free of any allegiance…

The Hidden Meaning in The Wheel of Osheim (SPOILERS!)

The following piece was written by Reddit user Hampus-Andersson and originally posted on r/fantasy. I found his thoughts quite interesting and so I’m reposting them here with his permission. It contains spoilers for the Red Queen’s War trilogy, so obviously don’t read this post if you haven’t read the books yet. Agnes . “Lawrence manages…

The Lost Library

Originally posted on The Hopeless Vendetta:
By Mark Lawrence Four walls, black with the memory of the fire that took the roof. Cold now. Even the stink of char is gone, rain-washed into the gutter. The building is haunted, naturally, how could it not be? What ruin that watches the world from dark windows is…

Blood of the Red

Blood of the Red is an old school dungeons and dragons story Mark wrote before Prince of Thorns, around 2001, posting it as he wrote it in his online writing group. It’s epic fantasy, featuring a bard as its main character. Although he has no immediate plans, he might at some point in the future…

Lately

  Lately I’ve been looking, At the litter, windblown, in the street, At the weeds, thrust green from this crack, that crack, At the skies that come and go and come, The seasons turn, Beyond my catching. . Graveyard walks where years trail fingers across headstones, This one leaning, drunk on duty, a soldier of…

Non-fiction quotes (part I)

I selected a handful of non-fiction quotes from Mark that I really liked. The first four are from various blog posts that I also recommend (links are added to the titles) . “So write because you enjoy it, but write with passion, be honest, write like your life depends on it, tell your secrets to…