Prince of Fools

Prince of Fools

4.5 20
by Mark Lawrence
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

First in a brand new series from the author of The Broken Empire Trilogy.

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…  See more details below

Overview

First in a brand new series from the author of The Broken Empire Trilogy.

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…

Editorial Reviews

"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 requires honesty, fair play, or bravery." Those words introduce us to Prince Jalan Kendeth, the central character in Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy, but even they are not complete: Jalan is also a heavy drinker, a gambler, and a well-known seducer of women. With all those traits in tow, the tenth in line for the Red March throne seems an unlikely hero in the coming war against the vast and ruthless army of the Dead King. A tantalizing series starter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101630938
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
Red Queen's War Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
12,268
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Mark Lawrence and THE BROKEN EMPIRE TRILOGY:

 
“Mark Lawrence is the best thing to happen to fantasy in recent years.”—Peter V. Brett, international bestselling author

“A hard-edged tale of survival and conquest in a brutal medieval world well told and very compelling, it is different than anything I have ever read.”—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series
 
“Dark and gritty.”—Library Journal
 
“Epic fantasy on a George R. R. Martin scale, but on speed.”—Fixed on Fantasy

Meet 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. He is the author of the Broken Empire Trilogy (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, Emperor of Thorns).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Prince of Fools 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such an outstanding read. Obviously, if you're a fan of the Thorns series, this is for you. Quite an interesting take on the genre, but a couple suprise visitors make this book extremely worth the adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to like this story but just couldn't make myself like the character. Jalan is a terrible person and it is nearly unbearable to listen to him wine and complain the entire book. Snorri is liable enough but the entire reason these two meet and have to quest together seems unlikely and forced. I spent half the book trying to understand why Snorri was even in Red March. It seems unnecessary for him to have been there in the first place and the book continues on with one unlikely or even unnecessary event after another with absolutely no resolution following what I think was the climax. It feels more like the author is writing this book just to get a book our rather than taking time to create a world and tell a tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I've read in a long time! Action packed and had me laughing from page 1 to the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prince Jalan is a self-professed liar, cheat, and coward (just to hit the highlights). He demonstrates and identifies his lack of virtues on numerous occassions, with splendidly self-depricating humor. Even when he finds himself bound to an honorable man, by a horrible curse, he makes no real effort to change--though he's perfectly willing to take full credit for any of his own accidental acts of heroism. The story itself takes place in a fantasy setting, however there are lots of little things that suggests that this is actually taking place in our distant future; where technology and science have long since been replaced by magic and mythological beings.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
 Very good fantasy read. The main character Jalan is engaging – written with a lot of first –person side humor about his personal flaws -- consistently referring to himself as a coward and noting his ability to successfully bed women and avoid confrontation.  The world created is well-written and big and complex enough to allow for subsequent episodes for the main characters.  Non-cliff-hanger ending, but definitely more to be revealed.   I was initially put off by the place-naming trend of actual European towns and geography, but it is a minor annoyance.  This book compares favorably to works by Scott Lynch -- a little more complex than Michael Sullivan, but not as full-blown as Wheel or Thrones.  I was unable to get into the Broken Empire Trilogy by this author, and may need to try again.    
Anonymous 10 months ago
This just wasn't the book for me. I truly was forcing myself to read it, when I finally just had enough. I think the idea behind the story is good, just poorly executed, in my opinion. Each time I thought, ok now we are going somewhere, I would be let down. Couldn't figure out if this was past, future, or current time. Just was not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think whoever wrote this is a pretty funny dude cuz this book is very very funny. There are some weird things in this book but other than that its hilarious and has zombies and necromancers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this book because it's different than what I would normally read. I didn't think I would like it but I loved it.
hectorcartel More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can you go wrong when you pair a cowardly prince with a large Viking? Thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is filled with equal parts humor and action. If you like fantasy you are going to like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. If you liked his other books you will like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read you can see some insperation from david gemmell in this highly entertaing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book interesting universe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago