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Summary

From the critically acclaimed author of Prince of Fools comes the second volume of the brilliant new epic fantasy series The Red Queen's War.

"If you like dark, you will love Mark Lawrence. And when the light breaks through, and it all makes sense, the contrast is gorgeous." (Robin Hobb)

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 hell 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.

©2015 Mark Lawrence (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"There are special rewards in store here for readers of the Broken Empire series. Highly recommended." (Robin Hobb)
"Marks an unbroken and steady ascent to the top of my favourite-fantasy pile. Lawrence gets better with each book he writes." (Myke Cole)
"Reminds me of when I first discovered Gemmell and Hobb and I can't wait for the next installment." (David Chadwick)
"The brisk adventure and black magic will leave readers eager for the next chapter in the series." ( Publisher's Weekly)

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A step up from Book 1!

So, I’m very much in the minority not being utterly in love with Mark Lawrence’s The Broken Empire Trilogy - too dark for me - but I could tell the writing was excellent so decided to give this second trilogy a try.

The Prince of Fools kept me entertained, but not enthralled, so I downloaded the second instalment with more of a “let’s see how it goes” attitude, rather than a “I can’t wait for this!” attitude...........turns out that this was the clincher to convert me to a fan :) What a book! What a story!

I felt this one had more cohesive rhythm than the first, with plenty of characters to love a lot more than Jalan Kendeth, who I have a strong love/hate feeling towards, and for me these were the crucial elements to keep me listening and keen to find out where this was going.

The writing is absolutely superb, with plenty of clever comedy and poetic turn-of-phrase intermingled with each other and the narration is some of the best I’ve heard, comparable to Steven Pacey, Nathaniel Parker and Sean Barrett, all of whom I think are masters at bringing a story to life.

Off to download number three.....

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If only....

Audible allowed more than 5 stars. In my opinion, the Red Queen's War trilogy is one of the best fantasy series of this century. Genuinely excellent stuff, combined with superb performances by Sean Ohlendorf. Simply excellent.

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awesome

unusual characters that you can't help but love with a story line full of action, twists and turns and unforseen circumstances. the character really delve into certain elements of human nature. and to top it off the story has a healthy dose of humour to make it a very awesome story.

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eager anticipation

Am lovin' these books,and I'll be startin' the third in about 10 minutes,maybe I should have listened to his first series first though,Lawrence is up there with Abercrombie and McClellan.

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Fantastic writer. amazing narrator.

Mark Lawrence is on another level. cant get enough. also I hope the narrator does more audio books. great voice.

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Another great listen

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 protagonists and sucks you into this weird world he has created. Worth a listen !

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this author can do no wrong

great performance. engaging characters. a story with plenty of meat on it. I'm off to get the next one right away.

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Awesome.

This fantastic story just keeps getting better with a great character arc for Main protagonist.

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Fabulous

I've read others by this author .. I'm at once attracted and repulsed by the content, the humour flawed characters are addictive- I found myself disgusted by the Jalan but wished him to be a better man, he rarely is and then he surprised you!! I would recommend this author but do t be expecting g the typical fantasy read it's funny sad, and appalling all at the same time.. Fantastic!!! I've listened to the audio book in this case really well done.

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Page turner!

The second instalment of the Red Queens War continues to excite. I love the occasional link to the Prince of Thorns however it is just a slight touch which is a good thing. Jal is very predictable and sometimes very annoying however this is his character. Great read and cannot wait for the next book. I think I will read the next book myself.

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  • Michael
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Can't wait till next summer!

What made the experience of listening to The Liar's Key the most enjoyable?

Unusual protagonist

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jarl: his flaws are refreshing, compared to other fantasy books where the protagonist is an amazing hero who does what's right every time.

Which scene was your favorite?

the end

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this.