The Liar’s key (Red Queen’s War book 2).
5 stars out of 5.
The book blurb:
The Red Queen has set her players on the board…
Winter is keeping Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the longed-for luxuries of his southern palace. And although the North may be home to his companion, the warrior Snorri ver Snagason, he is just as eager to leave.
For the Viking is ready to challenge all of Hel to bring his wife and children back into the living world. He has Loki’s key – now all he needs is to find the door.
As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his – the key into the world – so that the dead can rise and rule.
Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire Trilogy is one of the best fantasy trilogies that I’ve read, everything about it is quality with an amazing main character in Jorg Ancrath, shameless plug time, you can find a link to my review of that trilogy here: Broken Empire.
So, it was with slight trepidation that I read Prince of Fools (Red Queen’s War book 1) as while it stayed in the Broken Empire it introduced new characters and I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy the series as much as the Broken Empire trilogy but I’m happy to say that……I was wrong and enjoyed it just as much and while completely different to Jorg, Jalan is still a great lead character alongside Snorri.
Anyway, I’ve digressed to much so, onto The Liar’s Key, after all, that’s why your here.
The Liar’s key takes place directly after the events in Prince of Fools, following the same major characters and story arcs. For me while dark the overall tone of the book was slightly lighter than the first in the series and we got far more character growth and story continuation.
Both Jalan and Snorri continue to grow as characters and as companions in the book, their bond with each other also continues to grow making for a complex relationship as the two lead characters are the complete opposite of each other. Snorri is a courageous Viking warrior who believes in honour while Jalan is a cowardly, womanising liar, with that description, it’s no surprise that readers would like Snorri however with Jalan’s description you would think you would hate him, surprisingly that isn’t the case and just like Jorg in the Broken Empire trilogy you can’t help but find yourself liking him despite his obvious flaws and personality traits. The banter and interplay between the two main characters is great to read and the author has done a great job writing them as they are both completely different but play of each other so well.
Mention has to go to, Tuttugu, a Viking friend of Snorri’s, though not a main character I really like him.
I really enjoyed this book from the first page upto it’s climactic conclusion, it expanded on the story from the first book and left you wanting more, I’m sure just like myself that there are many readers out there who after finishing the book would have loved to have been able to continue straight onto the next book and find out what happens next!
I really love the Broken Empire world, I’ve been hooked since I first read Prince of Thorns, 5 books in the world ago and with this book the author expands it even more, the lore and mythology are just so good and in-depth.
Mark Lawrence is one of my favourite authors and he has done himself and his readers proud with this book, well written, well paced, great characters, a great story and a great world, it’s top quality fantasy that has left me eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the trilogy in the forthcoming The Wheel of Osheim.