Prince of Fools

Prince of Fools

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"Hailed as "epic fantasy on a George R. R. Martin scale, but on speed,"* 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 Sister--unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth--drinker, gambler, seducer of women--is 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 rumor--nothing that will affect him--but 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 war--and the Red Queen controls the board. *Fixed on Fantasy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425268780
0425268780
Branch Call Number: FICTION Law
Description: 355 pages : map ; 24 cm

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ladymac
Nov 27, 2017

If you love fantasy, do yourself a favour and read Mark Lawrence. Its full of action, and laugh out loud funny. You will fall in love with the characters, flaws and all. This is an author I will definitely follow.

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h19872330
Aug 22, 2017

This book is incredible. The main character is the sort I'd usually hate but with the way he's written, you can't help but love him. Imagine that - a lovable main character who's a shameless coward! Why is it so great? Not to mention, the humour in this book is amazing. I found myself giggling while reading at least a few times. And yet, there's also nerve-wracking drama. If you're in the mood for a good fantasy book, don't hesitate to try Prince of Fools.

vmccreedy Jun 13, 2015

Not as amazing as his other series. I find the portrayal of Jalan as the reluctant hero a little too predictable, but the main character has a good foil in Snorri.

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