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Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War, Book 1)
 
 

Prince of Fools (Red Queen's War, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Lawrence
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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

Kurzbeschreibung

From the critically-acclaimed author of THE BROKEN EMPIRE series comes a brilliant new epic fantasy series, THE RED QUEEN’S WAR.

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire fear her as they fear no other.

Her grandson Jalan Kendeth is a coward, a cheat and a womaniser; and tenth in line to the throne. While his grandmother shapes the destiny of millions, Prince Jalan pursues his debauched pleasures. Until he gets entangled with Snorri ver Snagason, a huge Norse axe man, and dragged against his will to the icy north.

In a journey across half the Broken Empire, Jalan flees minions of the Dead King, agrees to duel an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath, and meets the ice witch, Skilfar, all the time seeking a way to part company with Snorri before the Norseman’s quest leads them to face his enemies in the black fort on the edge of the Bitter Ice.

PRINCE OF FOOLS is the first book in the series.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1526 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 369 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0425268780
  • Verlag: Harper Voyager (5. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GLGXMBG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Feiglinge sind die besseren Helden 16. Juli 2014
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Prinz Jalan, Enkel der berühmt-berüchtigten Roten Königin und in der Thronfolge unter ferner liefen, Kriegsheld durch Zufall, notorischer Lügner, Schürzenjäger und Feigling aus Überzeugung, genießt sein Leben, das aus Annehmlichkeiten und Verantwortungslosigkeit besteht. Sein einziges Problem sind Schulden bei einem der Unterwelt-Bosse der Stadt, aufgehäuft durch seine Wettleidenschaft bei halblegalen Arena-Kämpfen, und die Rachsucht diverser Brüder von Schönheiten, in deren Betten er sich hat erwischen lassen.
Dann wird bei einer Audienz der Königin ein riesenhafter Wikingerkrieger als Gefangener vorgeführt, Snorri, der Beunruhigendes über Nekromanten und eine sich erhebende Armee lebender Toter im Norden zu berichten weiß, die unter dem Banner eines untoten Königs marschieren. Jalan interessiert das alles nicht, bis er sich durch ein paar unglückliche Zufälle und schief gelaufene Magie an ebenjenen Snorri gebunden wiederfindet, auf der Flucht aus der Stadt, die er eigentlich gar nicht verlassen wollte. Gegen seinen Willen, aber in Ermangelung besserer Alternativen begleitet er Snorri in den hohen Norden, wo der Wikinger seine Frau und seinen Sohn aus den Klauen der Nekromanten zu befreien hofft. Nicht genug, dass er fortan in Wäldern schlafen muss, und das auch noch ohne weibliche Gesellschaft. Nein, es gibt auch noch eine Macht, die es auf seinen Hals abgesehen hat und der furchterregende Waffen zur Verfügung stehen...

'Prince of Fools' ist der erste Band einer neuen Serie des Autors Mark Lawrence, dessen Dornen-Trilogie (Prinz der Dunkelheit und ff.) mit zum Besten gehört, was die Dark Fantasy der letzten Jahre zu bieten hatte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Einfach genial 29. Juni 2014
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Wieder ein tolles Buch von M. Laurence, spannend, lustig, tolles Humour, coole Verbindungen zu der Trilogie, totales Lesevergnügen, weiter so, kann das nächste kaum erwarten!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another winner from Lawrence 3. Juni 2014
Von Patremagne @ 'A Bitter Draft' - Speculative Fiction reviews and things - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Honorous Jorg Ancr...wait...this isn't about Jorg. Immediately upon the reveal of the title Prince of Fools, comparisons were drawn between it and Mark Lawrence's debut, Prince of Thorns. Doubts were cast as to whether Lawrence could write a non-Jorg character or not. Both of them have prince in the title and both feature an eponymous young prince. Surely they must be the same, right? Wrong. The prince in Lawrence's second series is Jalan Kendeth of the Red March, tenth in line to the throne of his grandmother, the Red Queen. Jalan and Jorg are nothing alike. Where Jorg was an ambitious teenager out for vengeance - and willing to commit all manner of horrors to fulfill his ambition - Jalan is content with boozing, gambling, and womanizing. He's a man with no ambition of his own, a coward and a lair.

The Red Queen is guided by the unseen (except for few, Jalan included) Silent Sister, and she sees a war looming - an army of undead creatures is on the doorstep of the Red March. Jalan, in his content-with-the-world nature, refuses to believe the rumors, as if doing so would make them untrue. Eventually the truth is forced upon him, and Jalan finds himself attached - bonded even, through dark magic - to Snorri ver Snagason, a massive warrior from the frozen north. Jalan's cowardly nature has him riding the coattails of Snorri toward the Norseman's homeland with the hope of breaking the spell that binds them.

Jalan's character contrasts so starkly with Jorg's that it took me a while to get used to Jalan running from any and every conflict he encounters. Where Jorg's psychotic tendencies were utterly fascinating to read about, Jalan's character takes some time but becomes endearing rather quickly in the grand scheme of things. He's a very likable character. Despite being a self-proclaimed coward, he continually shows courageous tendencies, as the hulking Snorri likes to remind him. It's as the late, great, David Gemmell wrote in Legend: "By nature of definition only the coward is capable of the highest heroism." Jalan's denial of his courage is a trademark of Prince of Fools, and it goes hand in hand with the other big theme we're presented with - friendship.

Snorri ver Snagason is not your average lumbering Viking. He's not G.R.R.M.'s The Mountain. He's a surprisingly learned individual and is absolutely more than meets the eye. People jokingly wondered whether Lawrence was capable of writing characters who weren't despicable in some way. Prince of Fools has their answer. Lawrence's beautifully vivid but concise prose does wonders to bring to life the dynamic duo of Jalan and Snorri as their friendship develops throughout the story, and it's actually kind of heartwarming.

Prince of Fools, while not strictly as outright dark as Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy, still contains its fair share of horror (and humor to boot). Creatures known as the Unborn are sent by the Dead King for whatever purpose he desires, and they are significantly more threatening than your average moaning, BRAAIINS-hungry zombie. The horror and darkness that are inherently embedded in the world of the Broken Empire are countered by the witty humor that is created when Jalan and Snorri are together. It's a perfect blend. Prince, King, and Emperor of Thorns all left me emotionally drained. This newest work is equally compelling, but in a different, not-so-draining way.

Fans of Lawrence's debut trilogy need fear nothing when it comes to whether they'll enjoy Prince of Fools or not. There's no slump here. New readers stumbling across Lawrence may find this as an easier entry point than Prince of Thorns, and they certainly can, but the effectiveness of the brief but awesome encounter with Jorg and his Brothers will be lost.

Prince of Fools is a powerful tale of friendship and courage in a broken world, and it effectively cements Mark Lawrence on my list of favorite authors (a prestigious place to be, I assure you).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, as always 5. Juni 2014
Von Mitriel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
As a fan of the Broken Empire series I started Prince of Fools with some mild apprehension. I love the way Mark Lawrence writes, but other people, who already read the book, often used the word `different' to describe it and I didn't like different. I wanted the same, whatever this particular blend was I previously liked so much.

I opened the book and got different. It was a great story, that I started to enjoy from the first moment and with a definite `Mark Lawrence-ness' quietly rumbling deep down at its core, but it left me wondering if the magic will somehow once again reach out of the pages and stun me into falling head over crazy, as before.

And soon enough the book twisted and turned, it changed, considered, conspired until it accomplished its aim and I was utterly captured, the prose overwriting my concepts on beautiful, heart stolen away giggle by giggle, line by line, opened with a secret key, cradling me until the dark caressed my daylights into nights.

At the same time Prince Jalan Kendeth, third son of the Red Queen`s third son, became just as trapped in the legendary Snorri ver Snagason`s eloquent tales, only to find them turning into cold reality around him that would melt him, freeze him, hammer him into a destiny written by a blood-soaked game played behind hidden veils, drawing their lives toward a single point and time upon which a dream may wake from blood and sacrifice.

I found this book a lot more colourful than the first three, every location of the journey painted with attentive, precise strokes of a thousand shades, characters, interactions, even movements felt more vivid, described in a way that leaks the words into pictures, fiction swallowing your reality, opening a door you willingly enter, forgetting your body far behind.

Closing it left me with one of those peculiar moods that you might experience after listening to a captivating melody or watching a sunset. Not something you want to discuss straight away, but preferring to stay quiet, smiling, enjoying and preserving the feelings it created inside.

And now, that I`m ready to speak, my only fear is that I might not find the right words to tell just how much I loved it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome Book! With This, Lawrence Owns the Genre 4. Juni 2014
Von P. Witvliet - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Writing 5/5
Imagination 4/5
Plot 4/5
Setting 4/5
Characters 5/5
Grimdark 3.5/5

My Overall Enjoyment 5/5

Bonus
Humor 5/5

After two months of looking at Prince of Fools (Mark Lawrence’s follow up to Emperor of Thorns and the final book in my favorite series of all time) in my ereader queue, it is finally gone. PoF was my number one anticipated novel of the year so I did not want to read it to soon and I like to savor my favorite authors books. Expectations are high; Mark Lawrence has many fanatical fans, myself included. Before PoF came out, I already thought him to be the best current writer in fantasy, or in any genre, and an amazing and provocative storyteller. Does PoF live up to his reputation and fans expectations? An emphatic and resounding YES! By all accounts PoF is an amazing, wonderful book. And there is a dog in the beginning named Pluto, my dogs name, and a great name for a dog!

First, who does not love vikings? I have been on a major viking reading theme and have probably read 30 or more books about them this year as well as following the excellent show, Vikings. In PoF, Jalen, also known as the Red Prince, ends up with a traveling companion who is a monster of a Viking named Snorri. Snorri is a total badass out for revenge for reasons revealed in the story. Jalan is of royalty and far down in the line of succession, and is very different than any main character I have come across, mainly he is a coward and a liar. The main characters, as well as the other minor characters, are brought brilliantly to life. Jalan could not be more different than Jorg (the "hero" of The Broken Empire series). As in the best books, the characters are believable and you want to see what happens to them. Often, I get halfway through a book and realize I just don’t care what happens to the characters or how the story ends up. This is definitely not a problem here. After each event or conversation, I anxiously want to see what happens next, not only in the story but to the characters. Neither Snorri or Jalan are particularly pleasant persons, yet there is a strong affinity with them. Having been so emotionally invested in the Broken Empire series, when Jalan and Snorri cross paths with some of the Brothers, as well as a certain young prince, I was astounded at what occurred. I set the book down for several hours after that because it was so epic!

The Broken Empire was dark; very dark (some disagree). This is dark as well, but it is insanely humorous and definitely has a lighter feel. Jalan and Snorri’s witticisms and banter are hysterical. It had me laughing out loud multiple times and smiling untold times. Instead of the brutality featured in the Broken Empire, this book has humor. There is action, killing, and violence, done expertly and cleverly, but the humor is what jumps out for me.

The writing is expert. No other writer is as clever as Mark Lawrence. The dialogue and narration are both concise and succinct. There are aphorisms galore. I bookmarked more pages than I can count to go back and read (my free ereader doesn't allow highlighting so this is one book I need to get up a physical copy). I had the idea to insert them in this review but much of the pleasure of reading Mark Lawrence is coming across them in context so I will leave them for the reader to discover.

The plot is thoughtful and suspenseful and at times full of horror. There is magic of a mysterious type and it is very important to this story but not overpowering. We learn a lot about numerous new cities and towns as well as some lore and history of this post-apocalyptic world as Jalan and Snorri travel. We also meet very interesting people throughout the journey and it is always fun to see what Mark dreams up next and what obstacles the characters will face.

With this book, Mark Lawrence shows he is one of the premier fantasy writers of this generation and of all time. I love the Broken Empire world and do not believe I would ever tire of it. No matter what Mark writes, I will be the first in line. But I do hope he continues in the Broken Empire with another series after this one. For now, I can not wait for book two. I recommend this without hesitation or qualification to everyone.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing on Jorg 9. Juni 2014
Von Daniel Brown - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If lawrences previous trilogy was a 5 star book, then this one is a 3. The writing is just as good and I would have managed to get through it on the dry wit alone. However from the point that Jal and Snorri leave Red March until they get to the the Black Fort I became disinterested and thought that the plot was pretty boring. It picks up again at the end but the middle 60% was lacking for me.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mark Lawrence’s newest and perhaps best attempt at proving what a talented wordsmith he is! 6. Juni 2014
Von M. Wanchoo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
ANALYSIS: Last year after finishing off his debut trilogy in grand style, Mark Lawrence left his readers further conflicted about his main character Jorg, the bleak world encapsulated within & how he capped off the story. This incredible review over at Pornokitsch [...] does manage to capture in strong essence why so many readers have been conflicted (as well as in awe of) about this series. Beware though it has major spoilers for the entire trilogy but it along with a majority of Jorg haters draws some conclusions that don't necessarily jive with what the author was aiming for.

In his last book Emperor Of Thorns, Mark Lawrence introduced a pair of characters called the Red Queen and the Silent Sister. Both of whom are too rich to be discarded to cameo appearances and thus we have the Red Queen’s War, the new trilogy set in the same world and time frame as the previous one. Of course this story focuses upon Jalan Kendrath & Snorri Ver Snagason, the former a prince and a distant grandson of the deadly Red Queen, and the latter a Viking slave who is far from his homeland but hasn’t lost any of his mettle in all matters related to blood. The story then unfolds in a haphazard manner as the author intended for our mismatched duo to find out why fate has put them together.

Here’s why I thought that this book was so much better than the Prince Of Thorns. Firstly the characterization, the author nails it with Jalan and Snorri, unlike Jorg who was a sociopath and very hard to sympathize with. In this case the author does a fantastic job as he presents two individuals who are vastly different but are both pleasantly relatable. The second aspect is that here as well, the author further explores the fascinating post-apocalyptic world that he has created. Plus we also get to meet (or glimpse) brother Jorg, and the rest of his brethren. This was a cool way to relive a couple of events from the first book, plus we get to meet characters like Chella, Katherine & her sister. These interactions do add depth to the events that we have read previously.

Now going to the pace side of things and this is another factor that made this book factor strongly against Mark’s debut title. In Prince Of Thorns, the pace was slightly uneven and with the story broken into two timelines, it caused a bit of discord for many a reader. This time around there’s no dual timeline, just a singular straightforward plot that will propel the reader rapidly. But while keeping the plot streamlined, the author hasn’t dropped any quality. The humor in his previous was dark and present whenever possible, with this title however the humor while similarly dark is present copiously and that strengthens this particular story.

The author has thrown in some sharp references to his previous work, the best one I thought was:

“Dropping into a thorn bush can lead to no end of grief!”

Another aspect that I loved was a possible nod to David Gemmell & two of his favorite creations “Snaga & Druss” via the character of Snorri Ver Snagason. Who says this about himself as an axeman:

“An axe for me. Swords trick you into thinking you can defend. With an axe, all you can do is attack. That’s what my father named me. Snorri, it means attack. Men think they can defend against me, but when I knock they open.”

I loved to read about Snorri & the revelations that were laid bare in the latter half of the story really made the book that much meatier. I loved how the author explored these two personas and the transformation they both undergo as the journey culminated into a horrific climax. Lastly the magic system showcased was also that much more clearer than the previous work in the same milieu and I can’t wait to read more about the Red Queen’s struggle against the Dead King.

Mark Lawrence really hits one out of the park with the opening salvo of the Red Queen’s War and for all those left with a sour taste while following Jorg’s odyssey. Prince Of Fools is sure to change your perception if you give it a read with an open mind. For me, I had no complaints with Prince Of Fools besides the tiny fact that I’ll have to wait for a year atleast to read what happens next.

CONCLUSION: Prince Of Fools is Mark Lawrence’s newest and perhaps best attempt at proving what a talented wordsmith he is. Be sure to read this one if you enjoy dark fantasy rife with superb characterization, black humour & a fast paced plot that will leave you hooked till the very end. Mark wins this round and now it's up to the rest of SFF fandom to accept his ascendancy towards fantasy pantheon’s upper echelons.
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