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

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

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by Mark Lawrence
 

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International bestselling author Mark Lawrence continues the bold new world of dark fantasy he created in the Broken Empire trilogy with the first book of the Red Queen's War...

For all her reign the Red Queen 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

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International bestselling author Mark Lawrence continues the bold new world of dark fantasy he created in the Broken Empire trilogy with the first book of the Red Queen's War...

For all her reign the Red Queen 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. Content with his role as a minor royal, Jal pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war with the undead is coming, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks that nothing that will affect him. He's wrong...

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey 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—and the Red Queen controls the board.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
A not-so-heroic prince is trapped in a deadly mission that could decide the fate of the kingdom in this trilogy opener set in Lawrence’s alt-European Broken Empire world. Prince Jalan Kendeth, 10th in line for the throne and a self-described coward, has few life ambitions beyond drinking, gambling, and wenching. But the Dead King is raising a vast army that threatens Jalan’s home of Red March. Jalan’s grandmother, the Red Queen, has a secret weapon: a mysterious sorceress called the Silent Sister. Jalan knows the Silent Sister is capable of horrors, but that knowledge doesn’t protect him when he and enslaved Norse warrior Snorri ver Snagson are caught in one of her spells. Bound by magic, the two men become unlikely traveling companions. Shrewd Jalan and honorable Snorri make a marvelous team, lightening a very dark story with wry humor. The brisk adventure and black magic will leave readers eager for the next chapter in the series. (June)

"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.

From the Publisher
Praise for Mark Lawrence and The Red Queen’s War

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

“Lawrence’s epic fantasy is a great summer read, full of humor, revenge, and perils that this warrior-and-coward duo must evade in order [to] save their kingdoms and themselves.”—The Washington Post

“Exciting action and quick-witted dialog make it a fantastic summer page-turner.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Jalan Kendeth is a fine addition to this Loki-like roster of tricksters, knaves, and cowards: heroes and antiheroes we love to hate and hate to love...Mark Lawrence’s growing army of fans will relish this rollicking new adventure and look forward to the next one.”—The Daily Mail

“As richly told as the earlier trilogy: The author makes this place, a post-cataclysm earth of the far future, feel as real as any place you’ve ever visited. For fans of the Broken Empire series and readers who enjoy a good, epic-sized fantasy story (readers of, say, George R. R. Martin), this is a must-read.”—Booklist

“Shrewd Jalan and honorable Snorri make a marvelous team, lightening a very dark story with wry humor. The brisk adventure and black magic will leave readers eager for the next chapter in the series.”—Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
★ 05/15/2014
Being tenth in line for the throne of the Red March is a pretty good gig for Prince Jalan. He has his pick of pretty girls, the wine is always flowing, and he can usually charm his way out of trouble. But he will need more than charm and quick wits to face the hardship coming. There are rumors that the dead are rising, and Jal seems to be one of the few who can see the Silent Sister who hovers over his grandmother, the Red Queen. Caught in a curse from the mysterious crone, Jal finds that his fate is linked to that of an escaped slave from the Norse lands, and the two must travel to the far north to undo the spell. VERDICT Jal is a perfect cad of a hero. Although he cheats and lies and seems as shallow as can be, when push comes to shove he is not a bad man to have at your back (as long as it's in his best interests). Set in another part of the world Lawrence explored in his "Broken Empire" series (Prince of Thorns), the book's exciting action and quick-witted dialog make it a fantastic summer page-turner for epic fantasy fans.

Product Details

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

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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. 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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Prince of Fools 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 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.    
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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This was a great read. If you liked his other books you will like this one.
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Good book interesting universe
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