Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War Series #1)

Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War Series #1)

by Mark Lawrence

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ISBN-13: 9780425268780
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: Red Queen's War Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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).

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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

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Prince of Fools 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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
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
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 3 months ago
Love the series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I have to confess that this is only the 3rd book by Mark Lawrence that I have read. I'm such a yutz for waiting this long. After reading the wonderful story of Nona Grey in Red Sister and Grey Sister, I just needed more. Fortunately I had Prince of Fools in my nook library waiting to be read. It is a great gift in deed to be able to write with different voices. Lawrence is a master. For as serious as the Sister books are, Prince of Fools was equally irreverent. Jal Kendeth is that darker, cleverer side we all have deep down but keep it way, deep down. What's even better is see the growth of his character and dare I say the friendship he has with Snorri. A larger than life, tragic figure in his own right. Throw in Vikings, Valhalla and Loki's key and you have quite the story. Now to find out what comes next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page-turner! On to the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Lawrence is a constructor of smells, a fabricator of diversions, an orchestrator of wind. Sound jumps from his word processor, images restrict the landscape into air dried shriveled things of unimport. His story breathes, ask for more of his meanderings from any bookstore, any media outlet you can find ...and fall into a dark place, that begs to be lit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is rare these days to find books by authors that have makes you laugh, keeps your attention through out book, putts forth thoughts that most people dare not express, gradual character building but stays true to their core AND writing style that you can touch, taste and feel. I even went back to read it again and still made me turn pages with the same curiosity. Loved it, this series as well as the Broken empire
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Nessa_231 More than 1 year ago
Great read, can't wait to read the next book in the series to see where this journey will take them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had a little of everything, humor, action, magic, a quest & sorrow. ***spoiler the only reason I didn't give it a 5 was bc it was never explained IF people could see the silent sister or not. I also have enjoyed his other series.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
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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.
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Great read you can see some insperation from david gemmell in this highly entertaing read.
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