The Wheel of Osheim

Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Red Queen's War, Book 3
Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,343 ratings)

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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.

©2016 Bobalinga Ltd. (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Not as good as the first two books.

I found myself getting bored. Too much detail when the reader was smart enough to figure things out for themselves.

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A decent end to an OK series

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.

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The perfect narrator

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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Superb

Loved it from beginning to end. Every chapter left you with a poetic end, yearning for more of the story.
One of Lawrence’s biggest accomplishments in this book is his ability to maintain the cowardice in his character. Absolutely loved the moments where they could have gone the standard route and gave him triumphant moments suddenly regardless of the fact he’s a coward. Morsel by morsel Jalan developed on the page and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

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STANDING APPLAUSE!

This book ties up the trilogy so well. TGR always delivers, and it is just a very fun Trilogy. Definitely going into my top 5 FOR SURE! My first listen from Mark Lawrence, and will be checking out more of his work ASAP!

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the book series is appsolutly incredible, <br />

The book series by itself is appsolutly Fantastic, the Audio version even more so. I listened to all 3 books spell bound, living each moment with the books characters. I would give this audio book series 10 stars if I could

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A fond farwell from the prince of fools.

While it does wander a bit, "The Wheel of Osheim" is a fairly good conclusion to the series, "The Red Queen's War". Being the third book there is a lot of content from the previous books that a listener must remember for most of it to make any sense, but for those who have been paying attention up until this point this book is worth the time.

Prince Jalan is still incredibly cowardly, whiney, narcissistic, selfish and sarcastic, but an audience will love him for the laughter he brings to the story as the main character. The narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds, made audio magic with the entire series to this final entry and it is hard to imagine another person doing a better job.

The story starts off with a bang and we find Prince Jalan doing what he does best; running away. But soon he is once again tied to another epic quest that forces him to make a stand and face his fears...despite his best efforts not to. He is a liar and a cheat, but if anyone can save the world through a bizarre combination of blind luck and panic it's Prince Jalan.

This book recommended for people who already read the first two books of "The Red Queen's War" series and the entire series is recommended to fantasy adventure fans who would love to be entertained by humorously hypocritical main characters.

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William

This was my favorite book in the series. The subtlety of the story Ave the way the magic system works here is really good. Definitely a must read.

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Good Finish After a Disappointing Middle.

Would you listen to The Wheel of Osheim again? Why?

Maybe. If I listen to Prince of Fools again maybe I will listen to it for continuity.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the development of Jal's character arc as well as completion of the plot lines.

Which scene was your favorite?

Jal confronting the Red Queen and the scene where he pays his debt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. When Jal attacks the unborn and screams Undereth.

Any additional comments?

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.

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really predictable ending.

it had so much potential but disappointing in the end. So many characters you never got to see their true motivations.