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Publisher's Summary

From the critically acclaimed author of Prince of Fools comes the third volume of the brilliant new epic fantasy series The Red Queen's War.

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 Jal's fortune back in the living world. Jal plans to return to the three Ws that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering.

Fate, however, has other 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. Jal 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 will exert its power. In the end it's win or die.

©2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited; 2016 Mark Lawrence

Critic Reviews

"There are special rewards in store here for readers of the Broken Empire series. Highly recommended." (Robin Hobb)
"Mark Lawrence is the best thing to happen to fantasy in recent years." (Peter V. Brett)
"Marks an unbroken and steady ascent to the top of my favourite-fantasy pile. Lawrence gets better with each book he writes." (Myke Cole)
"Reminds me of when I first discovered Gemmell and Hobb and I can't wait for the next instalment." (David Chadwick)
"The brisk adventure and black magic will leave readers eager for the next chapter in the series." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Lawrence improves with every book he writes and if he keeps on like this, we may have to turn the ratings system up to eleven. Magnificent, and highly recommended." ( Starburst Magazine)
"Mark Lawrence should be commended on another excellent book of The Red Queen's War trilogy that gives enough information to make the reader want more." ( Impulse Gamer)
"The dialogue is a humorous, frightening lullaby that flawlessly depicts this dark, disturbing universe and its meticulously constructed characters, both friends and fiends." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Loved it!

This was an excellent and fitting end to the series. Yet again Mark weaves a magical mix of humor, action and suspense. It definitely doesn't disappoint.

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solid conclusion

Great series and tied in nicely with the Broken Empire trilogy. I'll definitely be doing a reread of the entire series soon.

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  • Debbie Mullen
  • 06-05-16

Mark Lawerence master at writing

Sean Ohlendorf master of telling .Absolutely loved the whole series. Well written well spoken

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  • Shirl
  • 08-31-18

excellent end to an excellent tale.

a great final book in the trilogy. great narration great characters. great tale. lookong forward to further broken empire tales in the future

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  • iain
  • 08-11-18

Brilliant story excellently read

The narration of this book really brings the story to life. It whips along at an exciting pace with horrible things happening to the heroes. Well worth a credit!!

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  • Bobby Bawbaggins
  • 07-29-18

Very Enjoyable

A wonderfully entertaining end to the second series of (audio) books set in the broken empire. I think if you listened to the first two there's no way you can't finish with this.

It's as enjoyable, funny and exciting as the previous books and has a rather fitting end. There's even more world building and a lot more details of the past that are revealed which I particularly like.

I really enjoyed Sean Ohlendorfs performance throughout, he really brought the characters to life. Really enjoyed the whole thing

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  • smallblackflowers
  • 04-08-18

A great story really well read


I have enjoyed the narration and characterisation given by this audio book so very much.

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  • Tara
  • 08-12-17

Absolutely superb

Fantastic story, deep engaging characters, incredible plot twists and the narrator is an absolute legend

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  • Asbjørn
  • 08-07-17

Good Ending

I'm better pleased with the last book than I was with the first. The story flows better - it has more nerve. I'm entertained throughout.

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  • David Boden
  • 10-25-16

Great book

A great end to a very enjoyable trilogy. Was sad when it was finished but will be keeping my eye out for more of mark Lawrence's work in the future !

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  • john
  • 08-21-16

Mark Lawrence does it again!

Loved the way the story continues to intertwine the adventures and fates of Jarl and Jorg

Although this was yet another travelogue the ensemble was both enthralling and full of action

At the completion of this trilogy I was left wanting more and who knows what tricks Mark will produce from his sleeves.

This is a definite must read!

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  • Redwing
  • 08-17-16

Fab narration but the story was inconsistent

After really enjoying the first two books in this series, book 3 in The Red Queen's War series turned out to be a patchy affair.

The way book two ended left an opening for some pretty spectacular fantasy, however what we got was disjointed, clumsily flashbacks woven into 'real time' events.

Lawrence made the mistake of assuming that readers had read all his other work, and introduced characters from his others series, the significance of which was lost on me. Also I'm really not a fan of authors splicing other genres into their books. I believed i was listening to a sword and sorcery fantasy novel when in fact it was 'another genre' wearing a cloak of fantasy

In the end the best thing about this book for me was the marvelous narrator of the audio book Sean Ohlendorf. His voices for the characters gave the story an layer and bought it to life, and he is the only reason i kept listening when the plot started to unravel.

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  • anton
  • 08-02-16

amazing

One of the best dark fantasy novels I have purchased. If your liked game of thrones or joe abercrombie the blade itself you will definately love this!

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  • Lauren VS
  • 09-18-16

Awesome book.

Great final book in the Red Queen's War Trilogy.
Sean Olendorf is a fantastic narrator for Jalan. Excellent to listen to.