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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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  • charles
  • Edison, NJ, United States
  • 06-28-15

Never disappoints

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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A Different Novel Then we are Use to

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.

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5 star listen

Easily this authors best book by far. The ending was perfect. The third book will have a lot to live up to. But I'm not too worried.

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Best day ever!

This book cracks me up while maintaining a reasonable plot. Worth the credit and time.

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Even better than the first

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!

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Squandering Good Characters

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.

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an original take on a would be protagonist.

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

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This series is a laugh a minute

So far this has been a most enjoyable series, the main character is a trip, and Tim Gerald Reynolds, by far my most favorite narrator, livens up the story making this one if the funniest series I’ve read sin quite some time. A great read.

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The continuing adventures of a loveable coward.

Like all of Lawrence's novels, The Liar's Key maintains constant humor and wit without sacrificing the darkness, gravitas and stakes of the world. The main characters play off each other wonderfully just like last time, but in this installment we get a much welcome increase in depth and plot complexity.

This one is extremely unpredictable and really fleshed out the "Red Queen's War" that the first barely touched upon. This is also the first Lawrence novel to not be centered around a road trip, but to instead have a more inventive and interesting structure. Prince Jalan goes on an ethical journey more than a literal one, and you're never quite sure which side he'll end up on. He's a man pretending to have honor and integrity so often that he sometimes even fools the reader.

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I love you Tim

Since I need 15 words, Tim Gerald Reynolds is an amazing narrator and was a great fit for the role.