Sunday 21 October 2012

What's my line?

I've got one more set of these to give away. Free. Gratis and without charge. Internationally. I'll even sign them on sticky labels inside.

To enter just put you favourite line (up to 3 consecutive sentences let's say) in the comments and a winner will be chosen at random midnight (UK time) Halloween (31st October).

If you're lazy you can find quotes other folk like here and here!


  1. Hey Mark! :) Here's my favorite quote from Prince... But you already knew it, didn't you?

    "It's what I am, and if you want excuses, come and take them."

    And this is one of my favorites from King, I think:

    "I missed that purity in myself. Only yesterday every choice came easy. Black or white."

    I think it shows a great deal about how Jorg is changing, and how it's suiting him (or not).

    Thanks for this wonderful chance!

  2. "That's right, you have just been royally f*cked." It makes me giggle every time I think of that line!

  3. From King of Thorns (spoiler alert to those who have not read it)

    "We changed the constants. Just a little. Strengthened the link between want and what is. Now not only is the tree both fallen and unfallen--if the right man wills it so, with sufficient focus, the fallen tree will stand. The zombie cat will walk and purr."

  4. There are more than a few lines from PoT that made me laugh a lot. This one for some weird reason made me lose my shit.

    ""What in feck's name was the point of stealing a horse if I have to drag the damn thing up the slightest incline we meet?"
    "To be fair, Prince, this is more by way of a cliff," Makin said.
    "I blame Sir Alain for owning a deficient horse.""

  5. Hi Mark, this is my fav quote from Prince of Thorns. This quote makes some story that left behind a long time ago showing up.

    “"Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you'll find an edge to cut you. Each day the memories weigh a little heavier. Each day they drag you down that bit further. You wind them around you, a single thread at a time, and you weave your own shroud, you build a cocoon, and in it madness grows. You sit here with your yesterdays queuing at your shoulder. You listen to their reproach and curse those that gave you life. I know what you want. You want an end."”

    1. What's the meaning of "you'll find an edge to cut you"

  6. I have so many favorites so I'm listing a few from each book.


    "I don't like to get angry. It makes me angry."

    "Churchmen, eh? Love one minute, forgiveness the next, and then it's eternity on fire."

    "Hold to a thing long enough, a secret, a desire, maybe a lie, and it will shape you."


    "They say that time is a great teacher but unfortunately it kills all its pupils."

    "There's something magical about a departed headache. It's a shame the joy fades and you can't appreciate not having one every moment of your life."

    "Trust is a fine thing but try not to build plans upon it."

    "Brother Maical's wisdom lies in knowing he is not clever and letting himself be led. The foolishness of mankind is that we do not do the same."

    Okay I'll stop now! I have so many more! :)

  7. “Tell me tutor, is revenge a science or an art?”
    Prince Jorg

  8. From Polish edition: "Zabójstwo to zwykłe morderstwo, tyle że odrobinę bardziej precyzyjne. Brat Sim jest precyzyjny." [“Assassination is murder with a touch more precision. Brother Sim is precise.”]

  9. I have many favorites, but this has particular relevance lately -- "Sometimes I feel the need of an avalanche within me."

  10. “When a game cannot be won, change the game.”

  11. " I’ve got one castle, one knight, a queen and a king on my side of the board. But, there’s six boards against my one side. Surely that’s against the rules? Why am I complaining, I’ve never been one for rules, or played nicely with others."

    1. this one will have to count as a fail as that's not a line I ever wrote!

    2. That would be my fault! I wrote this in a review for 'King of Thorns'!

  12. So many great lines in these books. But I really love this one.

    “In the end it seems we’re just toys,easy to break and hard to mend”

    Something about that line makes me shiver.

  13. I'm currently reading King of Thorns and I clearly remember this quote from a few chapter ago. Bless Jorg's evil heart.

    /// Spoiler Alert ///

    Chapter 20:

    "I think she passed on a hundred-year-old message telling me to lie down and let the Prince of Arrow have his way with my arse."

    Epic. Simply epic.

  14. So many great quotes on your books. But, my fav one is (my mood booster atually) :)

    "You've got to hunt your fears, Gog. Beat them. They're your only true enemies."

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway Mark :)

  15. “There’s something brittle in me that will break before it bends.”
    ^this resonates for some reason

    bonus quote:
    "the Nuban carried judgement with him"
    (my favorite character)

  16. OldeYellerCat October 24 10:57 P.M. Page 22 King of Thorns Watch him play and run and laugh, and he seems too at ease to be a crack in the world through which all the fires of hell might pass. Watch him burn though, and you will believe it.

    1. We have a winner. Email me an address and the goodies are yours. (empire_of_thorns at

  17. Honestly, it has been a while since I read Price of Thorns. Though I do remember reading some lines I loved, none of them pop in to my head at this moment.

    However, from King of Thorns, there are oh-so-many. As you are only asking for one line, I'll go with;

    "There's something about a fight that makes you forget your troubles.
    Mainly it's that all your troubles are suddenly very small in the face of the new problems swinging your way with sharp edges on them."
    KING OF THORNS: Page 280

    And, of course, I cannot forget Taproot. "Watch me!"

  18. Mam (a fan in Bangkok)27 October 2012 at 08:01

    After some thought, I selected these (one from each book):

    '"We wrap up our violent and mysterious world in a pretence of understanding. We paper over the voids in our comprehension with science or religion, and make believe that order has been imposed. And for the most part it, the fiction works."

    "Only yesterday every choice came easy. Black or white. Stab Gemt in the neck or don't. And now? Shades of grey. A man can drown in shades of grey."

    Not easy to pick of your many great lines.

  19. "You can only win the game when you understand that it is a game. Let a man play chess, and tell him that every pawn is his friend. Let him think both bishops holy. Let him remember happy days in the shadows of his castles. Let him love his queen. Watch him lose them all. "


  20. My favorite Quotation is: One nail will bring back memories of childhood. Another will make hin rage, or sob, or laugh. In the end it seems we're all just toys, easy to break and hard to mend.

    ... Every now and then this line cross my mind and I have to smile.


  21. "Some people are scared of spiders. I'm scared I immolation. Also spiders."

  22. To be honest, the one that I remember as being quite ticklish was,
    "Burning to death has always been a worry of mine. Call it a personal foible. Some people are scared of spiders. I'm scared of immolation. Also spiders."

  23. "Most men have at least one redeeming feature. Finding one for Brother Rike requires a stretch. Is 'big' a redeeming feature?”

  24. I've grown, but whatever monster might be in me, it was always mine, my choice, my responsibility, my evil if you will.

    It's what i am, and if you want excuses, come and take them.

  25. I loved the imagery in this quote, though it is a little long: "In memory I study the light on her face, beneath the glow-bulbs of the Tall Castle, beneath the cemetery trees. I envy those patches of sunlight, sliding over her hair, moving unopposed the length of her body, across her cheekbones. I remember everything, I recall the pattern of her breath. In the heat of Drane's kitchen I remember a single bead of sweat and the slow roll of it, down her neck, along the tendon, across her throat. I've killed men and forgotten them. Mislaid the act of taking a life. But that drop of sweat is a diamond in my mind's eye. 'Hello, Jorg.'"

  26. The monsters came when the light failed.

  27. So many cool lines in the books, so hard to chose. From Prince of thorns:

    I never liked Father Gomst. He'd been telling me what to do since I was six, most often with the back of his hand as the reason.
    "Run, Prince Jorg! Run!" old Gomsty howled, sickeningly self-secrificing.
    So I stoof my ground.

    and from King of thorns:

    Makin to Jorg: Is this going to be one of those times when you pretend not to have a plan until the last moment? And then turn out to really not have one?

  28. All done - winner selected at random (Olde Yeller Cat)

    Many thanks for the entries - love to see which lines hit home most.

  29. "Watch me!"

    Will be on the lips on everyone once the TV Show airs ;)