From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the thrilling conclusion to the Red Queen's War.
Mark Lawrence's "epic fantasy" (The Washington Post) continues as a reluctant prince returns from the bowels of Hell to engage in his greatest battle yet - among the living and the dead.
All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting back out alive and with Loki's key is all that matters. Loki's creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan's fortune back in the living world. Jalan plans to return to the three w's that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate, however, has other plans - larger plans.
The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it's stopped. When the end of all things looms and there's nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end it's win or die.
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Maybe. If I listen to Prince of Fools again maybe I will listen to it for continuity.
I liked the development of Jal's character arc as well as completion of the plot lines.
Jal confronting the Red Queen and the scene where he pays his debt.
Laugh. When Jal attacks the unborn and screams Undereth.
Good ending to the overall story. The second book disappointed me but this was not bad. Still some of my criticisms of the second book stand. Kara does not fit in. I feel her character is shoehorned in to include a female protagonist and placate feminist audience. Compare it to the Red Queen's character. She fits right in. Same with Lady Blue and Silent Sister. Kara serves no purpose.
All in all I just didn't like The Red Queen nearly as much as The Broken Empire. As the protagonist, Jalen just could not hold a candle to Jorg. Humorous at times, but I mostly wanted to slap him for his spineless whining. Maybe Jorg ruined it for me. His char was so brutal when necessary that to do a 180 with Jalen was a bit much to take in.
When we first venture into chapter 1 we find find our fearful hero Jalan wandering somewhat fracturessly <-(is a word?) between the Sahara desert and the nothingness of Hell, enduring one torment after another just trying to stay alive. Honestly, I was so confused with this unfolding start that I was fearful that Mark had misplaced his muse on book 3.
I'm pleased that I continued since after Jalan found his way out of Hell, the novel took off like a loosed trebuchet going from one exciting scene to the next near-death encounter and finally culminating with one of a rare nail-biting endings that I've experienced.
What is really fascinating is how Mark blended Norse mythology with Snorri playing an uber-Beowolf along Greek Mythology with Jalan playing a farcical Odysseus with bits of Christianity and even added some godless Nietzsche "Will to Power" magic. If that weren't enough, as if an ode to the Bard himself, he even included some welcomed quotes to pull off this fantastic story.
This is my first written review ever. I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It was an amazing conclusion to the story and the performance was great as always from Tim, but more than that I have never laughed so much at an audiobook in my life. I have listened to all of books by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Salvator, etc... And this series is now my favorite. The characters are just so well written and engaging. Loved it and will probably listen to it again here very soon.
In a book the ending seems to be the hardest part satisfying readers who have grown attached to characters is hard to do. Mark Lawrence did a good job and left me with a smile at the end.
This story was awesome! my only real gripe is that the ending felt a little halfhearted and rushed. I'm not quite sure what about it made me feel that way though. I think it just might be that there was almost no epilogue, and I feel that the final book in a trilogy as amazing as this one should have a decently long enough epilogue so that you can say goodbye to the characters.
First book took a bit to get into, but after the first couple chapters I couldn't stop. The entire series is gold! Great performance, great writing. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy. Some "magic" but not overwhelming.
I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend. The story is excellent but the voice acting done by the narrator takes away from the story.
Other books in the broken empire series
Just narrate the book instead of trying to do different voices for each character. This is not a young adult novel.
This book made me laugh often.
I really enjoyed all three books in this series. They're good when developing Jalen's story, but great when Jalen and Snori are together. I've also had some bad experiences with endings to series that I've otherwise enjoyed and I must say, this ending was perfect!
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