Mark Lawrence made a name for himself in the grimdark fantasy subgenre with his acclaimed debut trilogy The Broken Empire. His followup, The Red Queen’s War series, is set in the same world, and the first two volumes, Prince of Fools and The Liar’s Key, have established one of the most compelling protagonists in recent memory, Jalan Kendeth: prince, drunkard, womanizer, hero (sort of).
Jalan’s story comes to an end in the final installment of the trilogy, The Wheel of Osheim, out in June 2016 from Ace Books, and they’ve given us the chance to show you the final U.S. cover. Take a look at artist Jason Chan’s art, following the publisher’s blurb.
All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting back out alive and with Loki’s key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan’s fortune back in the living world.
Jalan plans to return to the three w’s that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate however has other plans, larger plans. The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms, and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end it’s win or die.