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.
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.
Having listened to Prince of Fools and The Liar's Key, I already knew that Tim Gerard Reynolds was pretty much going to nail this narration. I wasn't disappointed.
I'm rarely very eloquent in reviews about books that I really enjoyed. It comes out all excitement and ridiculousness. I have a hard time putting words to feelings that aren't 'I LOVED IT BECAUSE REASONS!!!'
I'm going to give it a go anyway.
I love characters who aren't all seriousness, at least not the majority of the time. I like characters who are a bit on the silly side sometimes. I think that's why I like Jalan more than Jorg. Jorg is more serious, because he mostly needs to be that sort of menacing presence. Jalan is more ridiculous, because that's just who he is.
That being said, books that make me laugh within the first couple chapters are always winners. So, Jalan unexpectedly falling out of the sky onto scalding hot sand and cursing and flailing around was a great start, as was his obvious love of camels and everything camel-related.
Like I said 2 books ago, I love a smart mouth rogue, and Jalan has an impressive mouth. So many witty things tend to spring from it. As such, I have quoted this book in (not at all) polite conversation already. With many cuss words.
I loved seeing him grow as a character, realize that he can only be pushed so far, and take charge when his city needed him, becoming a total badass when that's what needed to happen. He stood up to his brothers, he stood up to the queen, he mouthed off to the nobility, his entire extended family, the guards and everyone else he could and I loved every second of it.
I loved seeing him and Jorg get sloppy drunk together, and try to one-up each other on tragic childhood memories. Jorg gives him life advice (that culminated in another 'dude where did that come from?!' badass moment). It was interesting to realize that Jalan the unlikely hero is saving the world while Jorg is more or less conquering it at the same time somewhere else.
Getting to see things from Snorri's point of view for a bit was nice, even if the story got me in the feels pretty hard. It sucked having to see them say goodbye to each other. Unlikely best friends are awesome.
Everything wrapped up nicely. Jalan is Jalan even right up to the end. Full circle ending up pretty much exactly where he started in Prince of Fools. You could have had camels! But nooooo.
Anyways, I loved it. Because reasons. :)
this is the last Mark Lawrence series I waste my time with. I had to give up on his last series after the second book, this time I made it 5 chapters into the third book of the series before I had to give up. his characters aren't endearing enough to carry my suspension of disbelief through their moral wavering and seemingly incomprehensible decisions.
I can't remember laughing out loud at any other fantasy story, and I did it several times during this book and it's two prequels. They are witty and smart. Jarland is the best kind of protagonist (accidental) and Snori is a great sidekick. I read A LOT of fantasy and I don't think I've ever been entertained like this. The story isn't necessarily the type that leaves you on the edge of your seat, but I found myself really attached to the characters and wanting to find out what they would get into next. If you are looking for a great fantasy story that doesn't take itself so seriously then this is the book/series for you.
Such great narration is hard to find. Worth a listen for that alona. A fitting end to a good story. perhaps not better than Jorgs story, but is fun, universe building, witty and you have to love Snorri!
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