Prince Of Fools by Mark LawrencePrince Of Fools by Mark Lawrence

Prince Of Fools

byMark Lawrence

Mass Market Paperback | May 26, 2015

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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.

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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 ...
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Title:Prince Of FoolsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.81 × 4.25 × 1.13 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Pleasantly surprised by this book; it made me laugh out loud more than a couple times. The main character is very well developed and likeable, the plot is intriguing even if it lagged a little in the middle, and the writing is good. I liked it, I liked it a lot. Plus, I think the cover is gorgeous. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny The book started with a bang, lagged in the middle, and finished well. Great characters, awesome plot, and witty writing. Want to read the next books.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyable I enjoyed the story however I should of read the Jorg series' first since it was hard to follow at times
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantasy I had not read the Jorg series from Lawrence but I don't think that detracted from my enjoyment of this book. But there wasn't enough here for me to continue the series.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could be my favourite book... EVER... And I have been reading scifi/fantasy for 15+ years! Hilarious, quote-worthy, light-hearted at times, but soul-gripping at others. I have read it 3 times since I bought it but I still can't wait til the next time I read it!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different sort of read from Lawrence, but it may just be a stronger, more well-rounded tale Mark Lawrence's The Broken Empire was something of a grimdark masterpiece, a fantasy trilogy with a dark protagonist, set in a time of post-apocalyptic darkness, and filled with acts of dark conquest. It wasn't just dark, it was violent and cruel in its execution - gloriously so. Anybody who expected The Red Queen's War to be more of the same is in for a shock. Both trilogies share the same deep, dark roots, but each has twisted and grown around its own unique protagonist. Make no mistake, Prince of Fools is indeed dark, but in a very different sort of way than its predecessor. Here, the darkness goes far beyond dark fantasy, beyond even grimdark territory, and into a realm that approaches pure horror. It's spooky, it's creepy, and it's entirely unsettling. There's the Silent Sister, a grizzled old sorceress, blind in one eye, whom everybody fears, but only a select few can see. There's a mysterious old Uncle, crippled and shut away in the highest tower, left there to slowly rot away. The Dead King figures prominently here, a sinister force in the underworld who is, as it turns out, is even more directly at odds with Jalan than Jorg. Then there are the Unborn . . . infant children, brought back from the grave through necromantic sorcery to serve the Dead King's plans. They are just as unnatural and unsettling as you might expect, but more fearsome and far more of a threat than you can imagine. As for Jalan, he is an entirely new sort of character for Lawrence, a pompous, immature, debauched young coward who prefers his conquests in the bedroom or in the gambling halls. He's entirely aware of his own failings - to the point of being self-depreciating - and more interested in living in the moment than anticipating any grand sort of end-game. "Humanity can be divided into madmen and cowards. My personal tragedy is in being born into a world where sanity is held to be a character flaw" Having said that, there's a core of moral and emotional strength to him, a reluctant brand of loyalty that makes up for any of his failings. As exceptionally good as he is at running away, however, Jalan is not a man to be cornered. There's a hidden warrior, trapped deep inside, who gives lie to his modesty about being an accidental hero of Aral Pass. Immediately endearing, in a scandalous sort of way, he's many of the things Jorg was not, and all of them likable. In terms of the story itself, this is less the epic conquest of The Broken Empire and more of a straightforward, personal quest. It's the story of two men, Jalan Kendeth and Snorri ver Snaggason, linked together by a dark curse, and propelled along by Snorri's need to avenge the betrayal of his clan and the death of his family. At times, it approaches the edges of a buddy comedy, with some genuinely funny moments shining deep within the overpowering darkness of the tale, as the two mismatched champions must fight their way across kingdoms - including Ancrath - on their way to the frozen north. Chased by the magic of the Silent Sister into the very arms of the Dead King's minions, these are two men quite literally trapped between a rock and cold, hard place. For those wondering where Jalan's story fits into Jorg's original story arc, the two occur simultaneously. In fact, there are a few moments where their paths almost cross, including a fantastic scene where, after being brought to his knees by a well-placed kick from Katherine Ap Scorron, Jalan finds himself agreeing to Queen Sareth's request that he rough up this bully, this boy-prince named Jorg. All puffed up and proud of himself, sure that the stories will forget the fact that the man he bested was just a boy, Jalan quickly turns tail and flees the city the moment he learns that this boy killed the king?s champion in single combat. I wouldn't say this is a happier book by any means, particularly given the fate of Snorri's family and the sense of doom hanging over our two protagonists, but it is a lighter one - at times. Lawrence sprinkles a little more easy humor throughout the tale, particularly in Jalan's narration and his conversations with Snorri, the barbarian from the north. It plays very well against the dark core of the tale, and serves to provide the reader with some much-needed emotional relief. Having said that, Prince of Fools demonstrates the same deft touch with combat and betrayals that readers will remember from The Broken Empire, with the standoff upon the ledge of a frozen mountain topped only by the final climax within the Black Fort in terms of thrills. A different sort of read from Mark Lawrence, but still immediately recognizable in terms of style and storytelling. It's more of a straightforward fantasy tale, with little of the Builders influence that was so pivotal to Jorg's tale, but with that strong undercurrent of horror I mentioned earlier. It remains to be seen, of course, how Jalan will ultimately compare to Jorg, but Lawrence is to be commended for taking a chance, stepping aside from what (and who) readers know so well, and finding an exciting new way into his world. Some readers may find Prince of Fools doesn't have quite the same biting edge, but it may just be a stronger, more well-rounded tale. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-11-03

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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