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Al 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 ueen controls the boa Actual Rating 25 StarsIt's times like this I really wish Goodreads had half star options because this one is a true 25 for me I feel like this is a little bit of a it's me not you situation but not so much so that I can convince myself to round up my rating This is a uest story starring self centered uber brat Prince Jalan Kendeth large lovable father figure Viking Snorri Now one of my personal struggles with this set up was that it felt very similar to Disney's The Emperor's New Groove but with Norse mythology And zombies Or maybe the zombies canonically exist in Norse mythology I don't claim to be an expert in that realmAnyway for a lot of people I'm sure that comparison sounds encouraging In some ways it is a good thing but while reading I felt a lot less engaged in this story than I am every time I re watch The Emperor's New GrooveOn the positive side the comedy aspect in this book is S T E L L A R I completely enjoyed Jalan's egocentric sense of humor His number one priority is himself and it was hilariously brilliant to watch him navigate this incredibly inconvenient turn of eventsThe story is cleverly written that was definitely another high point for me I appreciate Lawrence's ability create visuals without become too wordy felt his style of description really fit the humorous nature of the story On the negative side I never felt myself become interested in the plot of the story whatsoever I consistently floated in and out of concentrating on what was happening often only pulled back in when Jalan made a comedic observationThe Norse mythology influence didn't strike me as particularly uniue or remarkable; it seemed like the story relied too heavily on the audience's knowledge of the Norse tales to flesh out the world instead of actually presenting something newSomething that was brought to my attention later that I didn't completely realize while reading is that the setting is actually Earth? Or post apocalyptic Europe? As a result some of the elements included such as Jesus the religious figure some modern idioms ended up feeling uite disjointed from what I typically expect in my Fantasy Kudos for trying something different but this in combination with the Norse influence didn't do much for me in the world building departmentI kept waiting to fall in love with this but unfortunately I never fully connected to the book I'm sure the next installment will be a riot but I'm just not committed enough to the story itself to stick around for the amusement I've heard from a handful of people that this story is enjoyable if you've read Lawrence's series The Broken Empire beforehand so if you pick this up keep that in mind Mustard Seed Magic really wish Goodreads had half star options because this one is a true 25 for me I feel like this is a little bit of a it's me not you situation but not so much so that I can convince myself to Sekrety ewolucji, kochania i swawolenia round up my Devils Gate rating This is a uest story starring self centered uber brat Prince Jalan Kendeth large lovable father figure Viking Snorri Now one of my personal struggles with this set up was that it felt very similar to Disney's The Emperor's New Groove but with Norse mythology And zombies Or maybe the zombies canonically exist in Norse mythology I don't claim to be an expert in that Die ewigen Toten (David Hunter, Band 6) realmAnyway for a lot of people I'm sure that comparison sounds encouraging In some ways it is a good thing but while Jane Goodalls Animal World reading I felt a lot less engaged in this story than I am every time I The Old Myers Place (Halloween, re watch The Emperor's New GrooveOn the positive side the comedy aspect in this book is S T E L L A R I completely enjoyed Jalan's egocentric sense of humor His number one priority is himself and it was hilariously brilliant to watch him navigate this incredibly inconvenient turn of eventsThe story is cleverly written that was definitely another high point for me I appreciate Lawrence's ability create visuals without become too wordy felt his style of description Portfolio Management Formula: Mathematical Trading Methods for the Futures, Options and Stock Markets really fit the humorous nature of the story On the negative side I never felt myself become interested in the plot of the story whatsoever I consistently floated in and out of concentrating on what was happening often only pulled back in when Jalan made a comedic observationThe Norse mythology influence didn't strike me as particularly uniue or I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools remarkable; it seemed like the story Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, relied too heavily on the audience's knowledge of the Norse tales to flesh out the world instead of actually presenting something newSomething that was brought to my attention later that I didn't completely Witcheskin realize while The Witches reading is that the setting is actually Earth? Or post apocalyptic Europe? As a A Year in the Merde result some of the elements included such as Jesus the Jack Glass religious figure some modern idioms ended up feeling uite disjointed from what I typically expect in my Fantasy Kudos for trying something different but this in combination with the Norse influence didn't do much for me in the world building departmentI kept waiting to fall in love with this but unfortunately I never fully connected to the book I'm sure the next installment will be a Splinter riot but I'm just not committed enough to the story itself to stick around for the amusement I've heard from a handful of people that this story is enjoyable if you've Gilchrist: A Novel read Lawrence's series The Broken Empire beforehand so if you pick this up keep that in mind

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Prince of Fools

The Red ueen 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 allThe Red ueen’s grandson Prince Jalan Kendeth drinker gambler seducer of women is one who can 455 StarsThis may be an unpopular opinion but for me Prince of Fools is single handedly better than the entire 'Broken Empire' trilogy Heck it’s even better than ‘Red Sister’ Mark’s newest book and what most of his fans are calling his best work up to datePrince of Fools the first book in The Red ueen’s War trilogy took place within the same world and during the same period of time with Prince of Thorns Mark Lawrence’s debut surrounding the infamous Jorg Ancrath The plot followed the journey of Jalan Kendeth and Snorri ver Snagason both bound together by a curse spell from the supposedly invisible Silent Sister that cursed them to be infused with Light and Dark magic respectively and now they can’t be separated too far or have any physical contacts in order to avoid physical pain or maybe even death Thus began their journey to end their curse together Similar to Prince of Thorns most of the plot in the book revolves simply around them travelling but it was done in a very fun and unexpectedly poignant way at times You can read this book without reading The Broken Empire trilogy first but I must say reading this after Broken Empire increased my experience significantly Don’t get me wrong The Broken Empire is an okay to good trilogy at best imo I have mixed feelings about it but character appearances from any previous series I read will always fill me with joy and this goes for any kind of story medium The experience knowledge and facts I gained from reading Jorg’s story made me glued to the page when Jalan and Snorri met with a lot of characters from Prince of Thorns Jalan’s encounter with Katherine was definitely one of the main highlight of this book for meHowever the main strength of this book definitely lies within both the main characters unexpected blooming friendship Jalan Kendeth is one of the most realistic protagonists in a fantasy books out there We all want to be heroes brave in the face of danger but in reality most of us would probably run and pee our pants shrieking at the top of our lungs This is Jalan in a nutshell He’s a coward womanizer and a drunkard He’ll run away from every danger he faced and for me seeing a story done in 1st POV narrative from this kind of main character is a refreshing and uniue experience “Battles are all about strategy and strategy pivots on priorities Since my priorities were Prince Jalan Prince Jalan and Prince Jalan with “looking good” a distant fourth I took the opportunity to resume running away” Snorri on the other hand is a polar opposite of Jalan He’s a Norseman bent on revenge brave powerful wise and virtuous “When you become a father it changes you Snorri spoke towards the fire’s glow You see the world in new ways Those who are not changed were not properly men to begin with” Picture Snorri ver Snagason hugging his daughter by Pen AstridgeRight from Snorri’s first appearance in a Gladiator kind of fight I’m already hooked on his character and it continues to do so until the end of the book His background revelations told in 3rd POV were done greatly and provide depth to both his character and Jalan’s sense of empathy This is one of the most unlikely starts to a friendship and yet it ended up being one of the best duos I ever read just from the first bookOne of the major problem I had with 'The Broken Empire' were the fact that the world took place in Earth that made me feel like I wasn’t reading a high fantasy book I prefer my high fantasy read to be done on a completely new world This is still the same case because the story took place on the same setting with Broken Empire Red March being North Italy and Bitter Ice being Northern Norway to say the least However it’s of a minor con for me now because of Snorri’s Viking background Norse mythology and Vikings cultures are something I’m a sucker for and to see Mark implement it here is something that I didn’t expect at all in a good wayIn terms of prose this is the first time that Mark Lawrence’s prose worked greatly for me Despite the elegance on the prose reading too much of Broken Empire and Red Sister literally hurt my head especially when it gets too philosophical That problem is completely gone here Jalan’s personality made the narrative fine balance of beautiful philosophical and fun simplicityOverall Prince of Fools is a fantastic start to a trilogy It’s better than all my previous experience with all other Mark’s books and I’m hoping the rest of the seuels continue to deliver at least similar or even better uality If things goes well who knows? maybe there will be a new addition to my 'favorites' shelf You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

summary Prince of Fools

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 ueen has called on her family to defend the realm Jal thinks it’s all a rumor nothing that will affect him but he is wrongAfter escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister J This review contains minor spoilers I'm a liar and a cheat and a coward but I will never ever let a friend down Unless of course not letting them down reuires honesty fair play or bravery Prince of Fools the first story in The Red ueen's War trilogy is set in The Broken Empire and introduces readers to Prince Jalan He is the Red ueen's grandson just out of his teenage years and his main interests are gambling lying drinking whoring and running away from any form of confrontation at high speed The start of the tale sees Jalan being chased by a disgruntled brother whose sister he has just been 'involved' with After scampering away comically and finally finding solace The Red ueen to his exhausted dismay calls an assembly in which she discusses the threat of recent sightings of the dead rising and wrecking havoc perhaps controlled by the Dead King's necromancers and being raised in opposition against Red March and the whole empire It is at this early scene that we are introduced to arguably the novel's most important character Norse warrior Snorri ver Snagason Snorri as he is known to his friends; at first seems like he is nothing than a well chiselled warrior brute Magical circumstances make it so that Jalan and Snorri an unlikely traveling duo have to work together to achieved a prophecised goal they do not truly understand Secondary to this in the grand scheme of things yet Snorri's main focus is to rescue his wife and child from the notorious Sven Broke Oar and Snorri divulges information about his mission to Jalan as the story progresses through late night campfire stories of his past Snorri is like an epic warrior hero straight out of a Norse or Icelandic saga He reminded me a bit of Egill Skallagrímsson Still relating to the similarities to the saga's I have to applaud Lawrence's knowledge and research of this age which is present throughout the tale Nice simple touches such as revering the God's Odin Loki Thor etc but if you look a bit deeper there are a few gems such as the fact that his namesake Snorri Sturluson wrote the Poetic Edda which was a collection of Old Norse poems and Snorri's horse is named Sleipnir This just so happens to be the same name as Odin's legendary eight legged steed in mythology The map of The Broken Empire is highly reminiscent of Europe The tale takes our duo from Red March which is approximately Greece up to the Black Fort and The Bitter Ice which is the euivalent of Northern Sweden or Finland It is uite a trek A large amount of action happens across the journeying such as hanging out with Circus entertainers fighting Undead running through a fiery forest that seems to be alive and also chilling in an inn in Ancrith whilst some young Prince has returned to his homeland after many years absentThis tale is set concurrently with Prince of Thorns I won't say too much but Jalan and Snorri do cross paths with a few of the Road Brothers mostly drunken banter with Snorri and we hear actions described that we know from the above mentioned story such as Jorg's dual with Sir Gallan This story definitely works as a stand alone if someone had not read Lawrence' prior works but layers are added if you have read Prince of Thorns Now bear with me here the world of the Broken Empire is not as well envisaged as certain fantasy worlds created by some of the genre's heavyweights The reason for this is that the world is so similar to our own with the Gods philosophers and map layout as already discussed This adds to the charm of the world so actually works in the author's favour Sometimes in fantasy you lose yourself in a world here we always have one foot in our world and one foot within Lawrence's creation The Broken Empire I hope that makes sense but it is definitely a positive This story is littered with cool lines that relate to our world in this fantasy opus My favourite was an Elephant called Nelly to which Jalan responds something along the lines of what else would it be called? Like the majority of first novels in an epic trilogy or flashback sections are freuent to add weight and depth to the characters These are presented in two distinctive ways Jalan as our 1st person narrative reminiscent of Jorg's internal monologue talks about his past through his thoughts when an event makes him take a walk down memory lane Snorri's backstory as briefly mentioned is him spinning his tale of tribulation late at night to Jalan over the warmth of the campfire with the stars as the backdrop to his tragedy Jalan and Snorri are one of the finest duos I have had the pleasure of reading about They are so different Jalan the majority of the time is scheming thinking of a way to run away however; against his self centred better judgment he and Snorri do become great friends Their relationship is up there with Tehol and Bugg and Legolas and Gimli I was lucky enough to read Mark Lawrence's Red Sister as an advanced review and rated it highly This is different but in my opinion it is just as good for an opening to a trilogy I thought this was stunning and cannot wait to read The Liar's Key James wwwyouandibookswordpresscom

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