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The Liar's Key picks up a couple of months after the events in Prince of Fools. Jal and his friends have wintered away in a pub in the north and time's arrived for them to take Loki's Key and begin their search for the door to the underworld where Snorri plans to unleash hell itself to get his family back.
The Liar's Key is a worthy addition to The Red Queen's War. New characters bring greater insight into Prince Jalan and his role in the world, and while the story does tend to bog down a bit in the middle, it doesn't stay slow for long.
I'm moving onto the Wheel of Osheim and the conclusion to this series. If you've read the Broken Empire trilogy, or you're just a fan of epic fantasy, this series is a must-read.
Absolutely bloody brilliant!!! Mark Lawrence has done it again! The Liar's Key was another fantastic read as we follow Prince Jalan on his mis-adventures. I thought I had the storyline picked a few times but I was wrong each time (again), I love that about these books. I read a lot of fantasy and I think both The Broken Empire trilogy and so far both of The Red Queens War books are at the top of the game. This book was a bit more serious and heavier than Prince of Fools and just as enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and go out and buy anything Mark Lawrence has written... seriously if you want to read awesome books with flawed, realistic charters who inhabit an interesting world with plots and sub-plots aplenty these books are for you.
This series is definitely one of the better that i have read. The second is even better than the first book. I love the fact that neither the plot or characters motives are clear which keeps you guessing
Mark Lawrence is redefining to genre. The reluctant hero Jalan, entertains with his inner monologue and penchant for the vices. Much like Flashman, he has a cowardly streak a mile wide, but still pulls of feats of heroics that inevitably (although not always perfectly) save the day.
The back story in the series around the 'Builders' is becoming clearer and provides a fascinating backdrop to the action
Originally read his Fool's series but this one is just as good. I love that the character isn't stereotypically good, that he's selfish, a thief and a liar. I adore Mark Lawrence's dark fantasy series.
really good book.. dark and gritty at times. and I just come to love the fact that the protagonist is a coward and has his self interest in front of him.. would recommend it to anyone who like a fantasy genre..
Slow moving second half compared to the second part of book one. The ending was genius but didn’t offer the closure Snorri (or I) was looking for. The ultimate finale was brilliant though and was so well done I am going straight on to book three without a break. Is he as good as GRRM? I would say no, his writing doesn’t have the same poetic license but it’s satisfying story telling, so what else does a book worn want?