Hailed as "epic fantasy on a George R. R. Martin scale, but on speed" (Fixed on Fantasy), the Broken Empire trilogy introduced a bold new world of dark fantasy with the story of Jorg Ancrath' s devastating rise to power. Now, Mark Lawrence returns to the Broken Empire with the tale of a less ambitious prince.
The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all.
The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it' s all a rumor - nothing that will affect him - but he is wrong. After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: He and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war - and the Red Queen controls the board.
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In the Prince of Thorn's (POT) series, readers (whether you liked the book or not) were fascinated by a protagonist that most people did not really feel ok about liking. The character drove that book and the same happens in this book, but with an exception. The characteristics of this protagonist drives this book, but the writer did not try to make him another POT, but rather created a totally different personality that made me laugh many times throughout the book. I actually liked this book better than the POT.
Sneak past the dragon and slay the princess!
Refreshing. An understatement.
Prince Jalan and the viking Snorri, unlikely companions, become entangled through sorcery. In their quest to rid themselves of one another, a remarkable thing happens. A friendship blossoms. Oh, and there's also a great fantasy plot to boot.
Not quite as "grim-dark" as "Prince of Thorns", "Prince of Fools" was still edgy and perhaps more humorous than its predecessor - at least that was my take. Both series are redirecting the genre into less explored regions. To say they are "refreshing" is an understatement.
Buy these audiobooks! The narrations are superb and even if they aren't your cup of tea, they will leave a lasting impression.
Jalan, of course. Though Snorri was quite fantastic as well.
I laughed a lot. Our anti-hero is not as dark as the Prince of Thorns, though he still has his edges.
Wow! Awesome! Well done Mark Lawrence! You did it again!
Jalan. Jorg. Both stand firm in their own characters. One a coward the other callous. Both heroes? Or something else.
One of the most entertaining novels I've experienced in a very long time. The protagonist, Prince Jalan, is everything a reader would hope for in a cad. He's a coward, liar, womanizer, drinker and seemingly a fool. Unbeknownst to him, he is about to be thrust into quest with a Viking that is his polar opposite and is unable to weasel his way out of it. While there are a number of dark moments, some of them sadly poignant, I couldn't help chuckling at Jalan's reaction to anything that would require him to take responsibility or, gods forbid, place himself in danger.
Excellent writing by Mark Lawrence and superb narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
It caught me from the first with it's sense of humor, and kept me going with a delicious lead character and his un-looked-for side-kick. I wish there were more in this series.
Flashman, very tongue-in-cheek, clever, witty, with a strong plot and interesting settings.
There were too many to single one out.
Yes, and I did listen very quickly, and wished there was a volume II.
Very unlike his Prince of Thorns.
Engaging Entertaining Enthralling
Prince Jalan. Never has a shallow, self involved, character been so entertaining! Of course, if Prince Jalan had never escaped his limited existence - as he was first revealed to us, I would have probably found him tedious.
The central character Prince Jalan. Tim Gerard Reynold's performance conveyed the nuances of this well written individual, to praise worthy heights; he breathed life into Prince Jalan, & the rest of the book, that I think would only have been matched by my vivid imagination feeding directly from the words themselves.
I think the book as a whole is very well written - the story is of a level where no one point stands out, leaving the rest to have been "lacking". Wherever I was up to, I was engaged; neither wanting to go back or impatient to rush ahead.
Like waking from a vivid dream; remembering the details, is almost secondary, to the tantalising feelings you are left with, as the images dissipate.
An excellent audiobook, which I will happily listen to again! I am definitely investing in the other books by this author - Mark Lawrence, & investigating other books narrated by Tim Gerrard Reynolds.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
I would have to say when the Prince Jalan came to the realization that Snory was his friend. It was nice moment in a action packed book.
Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater lol. It takes a chapter or two or three to get used to his voice as a new character if you have heard Tim before. The Narrator is most excellent. "dude"I read normal books but its never as much fun. Reading takes all my attention. And granted some audible books do require almost all my attention most do not.
I choose to treat my self to a book when doing mundane tasks. But I could see someone listing to the book in one sitting.
Nice solid book. It was missing some figurative magic somewhere. I cant really place it. So I don't feel right giving it a 5 star. I almost want to say parts of the book felt slow and others felt to fast. The other thing is, I really liked the Prince and Snory, but I wanted to love them.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence is a very interesting and exciting read. Unfortunately, I read the Broken Empire trilogy before i read this book. The problem is that The broken Empire trilogy is in my opinion one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. This book is very good and is by all means worth reading. It contains Lawrence's usual deep and well thought out characters and his magnificent story telling abilities. The simple problem is it is very difficult to make another character as good as Jorg from the previous trilogy. I really like the new main character Jalin, but he just doesn't fascinate and horrify you at the same time like Jorg did. Despite this problem the overall story was interesting and enjoyable to read. The narrator in my opinion did a fairly good job with the story, although all the vikings seemed to sound the same to me. As a whole, i liked the story very much and fully intend to buy the next book, but don't be too disappointed if it isn't as good as Prince of Thorns. i give it 4 of 5 stars.
The interplay between the two characters and their two inner spirits made this surprising fun and a unique read
He did a marvelous job with all of them!
Good story with some laugh out loud moments. The author avoids the usual cliches and writes a thoroughly enjoyable book.
Its like some is telling me story. Better than TV or Movies.
Good story well written, well read. Funny and entertaining. I will no doubt read the other books as well.
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