From the critically acclaimed author of THE BROKEN EMPIRE series comes a brilliant new epic fantasy series, THE RED QUEEN'S WAR. The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire fear her as they fear no other.Her grandson Jalan Kendeth is a coward, a cheat and a womaniser; and tenth in line to the throne. While his grandmother shapes the destiny of millions, Prince Jalan pursues his debauched pleasures. Until he gets entangled with Snorri ver Snagason, a huge Norse axe man, and dragged against his will to the icy north.In a journey across half the Broken Empire, Jalan flees minions of the Dead King, agrees to duel an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath, and meets the ice witch, Skilfar, all the time seeking a way to part company with Snorri before the Norseman's quest leads them to face his enemies in the black fort on the edge of the Bitter Ice.PRINCE OF FOOLS is the first book in the series.
Red Queen's War (1) - Prince of Fools
Red Queen's War , Book 01
2 Reader Reviews
I don’t write book reviews, mostly because I don’t have the time and… well, I couldn’t really be bothered. Not writing this one however, was like dangling a carrot stuffed with hundred dollar notes in front of me and expecting me not to grab at it.
Characters are without a doubt the single most important thing to me in narrative. If I don't care for any of your characters don't expect me to enjoy your book. Looking back at the Broken Empire, Jorg (or poor Jorgy as I like to remember him) quickly became a literary favourite of mine somehow managing to tug at my limited sympathy despite being a colossal arse. I delayed with Fools, I hesitated because I wasn't ready to read a similar character so soon, and secretly, I wasn't entirely convinced that, Lawrence, as brilliant a writer as I perceive him to be, would be able to pull it off to my satisfaction for a second time.
The result? I was wrong, so ashamedly wrong. I couldn't put it down. Not only did I enjoy this as much as the Broken Empire but I loved it even more. I went as far as purchasing the audio book so my time at work wouldn't slow me down (I coincidentally have a new found love for these as well). Jalan became an instant favourite, surpassing my mad love for the characters of the Night Angel Trilogy (sorry Brent Weeks you had a good run). I could completely relate to Jalan and his whimsical cynicism on a level far greater than any other character I've read before, how could I not love him?
There is plenty of humour to go around, as others have previously stated, quite a bit if you catch it and it's handled perfectly without detracting from the seriousness and darkness of the tale. Snorri adds a handsomely brutish balance between the two heroes while bearing a tragic burden of his own. If reminiscing is your thing then you'll also encounter a few familiar faces from Ancrath along the way. No (more) spoilers.
Lawrence continues in Prince of Fools to both inspire and defeat me with his excellent choice of words, phrases and descriptions constantly making me doubt my competence and skill level in the writing of my own saga. I'll get there one day but until then I'll have the Red Queen's War. Bring on next year! I can't recommend Prince of Fools enough for you to understand how much 'enough' is so that you'll read it.
You can ignore everything I’ve written here, disagree or argue it but remember this… I don’t throw 5 stars around lightly, so you should pay attention when I do.