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The Liar's Key (The Red Queen's War) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2016
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Praise for Mark Lawrence and The Red Queen’s War
“Mark Lawrence is the best thing to happen to fantasy in recent years.”—New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett
“Lawrence’s epic fantasy is a great summer read, full of humor, revenge, and perils that this warrior-and-coward duo must evade in order [to] save their kingdoms and themselves.”—The Washington Post
“Exciting action and quick-witted dialog make it a fantastic summer page-turner.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Jalan Kendeth is a fine addition to this Loki-like roster of tricksters, knaves, and cowards: heroes and antiheroes we love to hate and hate to love...Mark Lawrence’s growing army of fans will relish this rollicking new adventure and look forward to the next one.”—The Daily Mail
“As richly told as the earlier trilogy: The author makes this place, a post-cataclysm earth of the far future, feel as real as any place you’ve ever visited. For fans of the Broken Empire series and readers who enjoy a good, epic-sized fantasy story (readers of, say, George R. R. Martin), this is a must-read.”—Booklist
“Shrewd Jalan and honorable Snorri make a marvelous team, lightening a very dark story with wry humor. The brisk adventure and black magic will leave readers eager for the next chapter in the series.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Mark Lawrence is a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments. At one point, he was qualified to say, “This isn’t rocket science—oh wait, it actually is.” He is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, and Emperor of Thorns), the Red Queen’s War trilogy (Prince of Fools, The Liar’s Key, and The Wheel of Osheim) and the Book of the Ancestor series (Red Sister).
Top customer reviews
I am getting my one complaint about this book out of the way first. The US cover. I think the US publishers of fantasy books think their books must look dark and dismal. The UK book covers for both Prince of Fools and The Liar's Key are more effective in representing the content of the books. They are fun and beautiful! If I could afford the overseas shipping, I would order my books from the UK.
Now to the important part, the contents. I need more stars to rate The Liar's Key. I didn't think The Prince of Fools could be topped, but Mark Lawrence, did it. Prince Jalan stayed true to his character, witty, charming, cowardly, yet he began a reluctant, subtle change to sometimes thinking of others over his own selfish wants and self preservation.
Like in Prince of Fools, Jalan tries to go his own way of being the devil-may-care rogue but as usual circumstances put him in the middle of an adventure he cannot avoid and in the end he amazes himself, making sacrifices to help his friends who are in danger.
If a story leaves me with a need to read the next installment, it is a VERY successful story. The Liar's Key accomplished that! I must also warn you. The end is an "oh, no!" leaving you wondering and wishing for a time machine to transport you to June 2016.
Bottom Line: I kept me enthralled for days and I am glad I read it but the last few pages after everything "heroic" had been accomplished, while in keeping with the authors depiction of our reluctant hero, was still a bit disappointing. 5 Stars for a wonderful story that kept the reader addicted but anyone who has read The Broken Empire trilogy cannot help but compare and find this one just below that very high mark set by that story.
What I loved about the book:
1) Mark Lawrence is a master at writing first person narratives. For me, reading his prose is like fine artists marveling over the brush strokes in a masterpiece painting. I’m in awe at the narratives construction, the distinct voice of each character, and the very visual action, all compiled into a perfectly synced tale. I’m so happy to know writing is now the author’s full time profession.
2) The plot kept me guessing, and it was fantastic. I assumed the story would follow a neater trail, and it was great to learn I was wrong. The magic played a different role than it has in previous books. It felt new by its very visual representation, layering current action to times and events opened by magic for Prince Jalan.
3) It has the epic fun I search for and crave when I pick up a fantasy novel. I want monsters, magic, interesting characters, battle scenes, friendship, conflict, learning something unexpected, and visiting a world that looks nothing like my backyard. I got all of that and more in this book including robots, old gods, ghosts, angels, demons, and objects imbued with strange power. It reads odd to see all those things listed off and know some authors can’t handle more than three of these things in one manuscript. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
I also wanted to mention how brilliant I think the author’s note at the start of the book is. More fantasy authors need to replicate this tidy summary to avoid annoying chapters of characters parroting the plot of the first book in the series. It would be great to have notes like these added to future novel audio versions as well; they were not included in my audible copy of this book.
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Wow, this was a really long book. I'm giving 4 stars because it just felt a little too long for the story.Read more