Prince of Fools, The Red Queen's War: Book One had all "the hallmarks of [Mark Lawrence's] storytelling and writing style which made The Broken Empire trilogy such an incredibly addictive read" (Bibliosanctum.com). Now The Liar's Key continues the story of the unusual fellowship between a rogue prince and a weary warrior....
After harrowing adventure and near-death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki's Key, an artefact capable of opening any door and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire - including The Dead King. Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living. And as Snorri prepares for his quest to find death's door, Jal's grandmother, the Red Queen, continues to manipulate kings and pawns toward an endgame of her own design....
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Very enjoyable, always kept me guessing, as to what sort of disaster he will get Into next and what sort of ridiculous predicament he will have to deal with.
All in all fantastic stuff
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This book cracks me up while maintaining a reasonable plot. Worth the credit and time.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
Mark Lawrence does it again. He writes an antihero that teeters on the brink of us as readers hating and loving him at the same time. Jal is very different from Jorgg from the thorns trilogy, but he is still not the typical hero we are use to in a fantasy novel. His antics continue in this second novel of The Red Queen's War trilogy, and if anything they are more outrageous and hilarious then before. However, this novel does not have the pace of the story in the first novel, there is more setup time and a little less action. However, the plot is intricate as always with many different forces playing for position on the game board. One must pay close attention to keep up with what is happening, and the small hints that are dropped for events to come. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, but I do believe that parts of the ending were kind of predictable and it does suffer from middle novel slowness in a trilogy. Despite these problems it does end with a bang and leaves me anxiously waiting for the final book. Also, the narrator does a spectacular job with the novel, and captures the character of Jal perfectly, making him more hilarious and reddiculous. I would definitely recommend reading this novel and I hate the fact that I have to wait another year for the next installment.
I laughed through the whole first book and this one is the same. Weirdly, I almost think the lead character is more anti-hero than I did on the last book. Whenever he pulls through and does something he ought to, it's by accident or some selfish reason but I still root for him every time.
There's a part in the middle without Snori that got a little boring, but it picked back up shortly and I was on the edge of my seat through the entire last third.
Very good series. It's going to be agony waiting for the next book!
the first book in the series made it seem as if Jal was going to evolve into something better than what he was,a complete dope, obsessed with his fickle title of nobility, but in this one he keeps holding on the point that he is something greater than his actions. this is the first book that I have read where are the narrator's journey through this very intricate and complex world where the secondary characters evolution is more interesting than the main character's. the word and characters you are so interesting I couldn't put phone down, i look forward to the next book
This story alone is an incredible journey, full of adventure and all the love, friendship, drama, horror, comedy & cowardliness? That comes with it.
However, what truly makes this book come to life is Tim Gerard Reynolds narration. I found my self lost within his many voices, each unique with its own variations.
As a fan of fantasy novels, i highly recommend this book to any and all.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
Mark Lawrence had the idea of squandering all the delight readers found in his fantasy odd couple by taking them on a pointless quest. Bad idea.
I wonder if I'd love this series as much if I'd read it instead of listened to this narrator telling it to me.? This audiobook is not someone reading a book to you. The narrator is reliving it for you.
I wish there was more of the other main characters voices in this second book. They add great flavor in the tales. but it still keeps me laughing and listening.
BTW: You must read these in order. it's more like one long tale than separate books.
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