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

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.

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

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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Prince of Fools 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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.    
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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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This was a great read. If you liked his other books you will like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book interesting universe
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