As a big fan of Mark Lawrence I’d already bought two copies of this in hardback, so I was hoping it would pass muster! The original Broken Empire tril..Show More »ogy formed my favourite fantasy novels over the past couple of years, so obviously I was hoping for something of as high a standard. I’m happy to report Prince of Fools promises a second trilogy equally as strong.
The two main characters comprise a “cowardly rogue” Flashman type, coupled to a “larger-than-life” Viking warrior. The author manages to avoid creating the clichés these characters suggest they could become. Although there are plenty of amusing situations the novel is by no means the comedy I’d been hearing it might be – it’s still dark, though maybe a shade or two lighter than the “Thorns” trilogy. As in that series, it is pleasing to pick-up on the echoes of “the builders’ world”, plus it’s fun to get reacquainted with some familiar dramatis personae, albeit from a different angle. The plot rattles along at a fine gallop, coming to a satisfying ending, though by no means a conclusion. The prose is full of the trademark Lawrence aphorisms his past novels were crammed with. Narrator Sean Ohlendorf does a fine job BTW; it's not his fault if it's slightly jarring to hear characters from the first trilogy speaking with different voices this time around (Watch Me.....).
Should you read (hear) the previous trilogy first? I say yes, you’ll definitely enjoy this vastly more if you do and anyway, at this stage I still consider that trilogy unsurpassed. But, roll on volume two, it’s still all to play for and I would never bet against a beserker Viking....
Mark lawrence gets better and better loved the price of thorns books and the red queens war trilogy are even better ! He makes you care about all the ..Show More »protagonists and sucks you into this weird world he has created. Worth a listen !