Prince of Fools
Hailed as epic fantasy on a George R. R. Martin scale, but on speed” (Fixed on Fantasy), the Broken Empire trilogy introduced a bold new world of dark fantasy with the story of Jorg Ancrath’s devastating rise to power. Now, Mark Lawrence returns to the Broken Empire with the tale of a less... show more
Hailed as epic fantasy on a George R. R. Martin scale, but on speed” (Fixed on Fantasy), the Broken Empire trilogy introduced a bold new world of dark fantasy with the story of Jorg Ancrath’s devastating rise to power. Now, Mark Lawrence returns to the Broken Empire with the tale of a less ambitious prince
The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sisterunseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendethdrinker, gambler, seducer of womenis one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumornothing that will affect himbut he is wrong. After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long warand the Red Queen controls the board.
Publish date: June 3rd 2014
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Series: The Red Queen’s War (#1)
Prince Jalan Kendeth, is the third son, tenth in line to the throne. He is self-described as a liar, cheat and coward who is nine parts bluster and one part greed, has a gift for lying and sounds the least convincing when he tells the truth. He’ll be the first to run and leave everyone in the dust...
Yet another book featuring an Arrogant, Swaggering Shitkicker, though this one doesn't have a heart of gold. Maybe he did, once, but he clawed it out of his own chest, melted it down and coated lead with it, sold it off, spent the lot on gambling and hookers before falling into massive debt and flee...
Prince Jalen has his life goals firmly in place: coax as many ladies as possible into bed while remaining out of range of any situation that calls for foolish acts of bravery or heroism. All is well until one day Jalen finds himself fleeing for his life from an opera house (surprisingly, it wasn't t...
And I got it. Epic fantasy in a brilliant world. Dark and sinister. But also a lot more light-hearted than the Thorn-triology. Some banter, humor and the worst-best hero ever. It felt quite long and substantial - and other than with the Prince of Thornes I am not sure I want to read on, as Jal's...
This is a purely subjective low rating - the book is well written, and will no doubt appeal to quite a few people who aren't me.Unfortunately, I found the world building confusing (are we in the middle ages or after the apocalypse), the main character whiny and annoying, the magic system poorly fles...