Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War #1)
The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler ...more
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Well... I kinda liked it.
One thing I didn't want to do was give you Jorg again in new clothes - I didn't want to put the reader straight back through the emotional wringer and build another defiant young man. But I do enjoy writing in the first person and the Broken Empire feels as though it's big enough to host a few more tales yet. So I give y ...more
Battles are all about strategy, and strategy pivots on priorities. Since my priorities were Prince Jalan, Prince Jalan, and Prince Jalan, with “looking good” a distant fourth, I took the opportunity to resume running away.Replace "Prince Jalan" with "Khanh" in those sentences, and you got me down to a Tee. Which might go a long way towards explaining why I loved the main character so much.
The thing is, I don't like a knight in shining armor. I like them tarnished, covered in mud, or better yet ...more
"I'm a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, let a friend down. Unless of course not letting them down requires honesty, fair play or bravery."
Prince of Fools, the first story in The Red Queen's War trilogy is set in The Broken Empire and introduces readers to Prince Jalan. He is the Red Queen's grandson, just out of his teenage years and his main interests are gambling, lying, drinking, whoring and running away from any form of confrontation ...more
There are special rewards in store here for readers of the The Broken Empire series.
My rating is 3.5 stars.
The Broken Empire trilogy stands as a seminal work in the fantasy genre, a grimdark extravagance which turned many a head. Jorg Ancrath an unforgettable protagonist who changed the genre forever in my mind. Mark Lawrence’s brilliance as a storyteller a revelation. But like all stories, no matter how great, Jorg’s personal journey came to an end, and fans of the series cried out for more! This fascinating post-apocalyptic world too gloriou ...more
Four days ago I decided it was time. I said to myself "Let's start it today Peter, and read it in 15-20 days, to extend the pleas ...more
DNF at 35%. And it took me two whole months to get there.
I'm sorry. I can't do this. Even though I'm in love with Jal. Sigh. It was a beautiful thing, what Jal and I had. It was love at first page. He said:
I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, let a friend down. Unless of course not letting them down requires honesty, fair play, or bravery [...] I’ve always found hitting a man from behind to be the best way to go about thi...more
Edit 10/15 : Rereading my fave parts before FINALLY starting The Liar's Key next week (yes, this book needed vacations time^^)
➸ The day I give a 3 to Mark Lawrence's work isn't a good day in my book. Now, if I refer to the GR scale, a 3 means that I liked it, so it's by no means a bad rating. Anyway, I wasn't blown away and couldn't give it more, sadly. Would I have loved Prince of Fools more if I wasn't such a fan of Jorg of Ancrath? Maybe.
The fact is, even though Jalan and Snorri's journey co ...more
Prince Jalan Kendeth is tenth in line for the throne. His grandmother, the spry 70 year old Red Queen, may have prudently dropped him down the list due to a whole host of his self inflicted bouts of poor conduct. He doesn’t exactly stipulate his disgruntlement, but we get the idea that he believes he might be more deserving of, say, eight ...more
I really had a love/hate relationship with this one!
First, the hate: The main character, Prince Jalan Kendeth, was the type of character I really hated. The entire novel he spent trying to get “away” from what was happening. He was more likely to run away from conflict than anything else. If his new friends needed help he was probably the last one they could depend on. His main focus of the entire book? Find a way to get back home to his gambling, drinking, and women. Find a solution to the con
This quote captures the spirit of Lawrence's latest book, which marks an unbroken and steady ascent to the top of my favorite-fantasy pile. Like Abercrombie, Rothfuss, Brett and Polansky, Lawrence gets better with each book he writes, the experience he provides the reader more nuanced and diverse, while keeping to the mainstays that made his Broken Empire trilogy so amazing.
In Jal and Snorri, we see the familiar pairing of dark-humored prince ...more
That's how many times I attempted this book before it stuck. Three. (Could I be more annoying?)
Each time I picked up the book, I couldn't stand the main character, Prince Jalan. Hated him in fact. Yes, it was written superbly, it's Mark Lawrence for crying out loud. Yes, he was witty and hilarious and I already wanted to write down 10 quotes in just as many pages.
Such as this brilliant social commentary:
“We all practice self-deception to a degree; no man can handle complete hon...more
”Two heroes, one led willy-nilly by his cock, the other northward by his heart. Neither bringing their brain into any decision of import.
Prince Jal has been pretty useless his entire life. He is really a prince of no importance and mainly uses his status as a prince to get laid. However, he is one of the most likable horrible cads I’ve ever read. I loved his entire narrative and every messed up musing that he had throughout the book. He tells you right away everythi ...more
I know the ending
The main problem with this book ...more
Prince Jalan of Red March is the wastrel grandson, and not even an important one, of the mighty Red Queen. The Red Queen, and her mage the Silent Sister, are in the midst of a war of intrigue. She seeks to counter the other members of The Hundred, the Dead King, and even the ghosts of the ...more
I am glad we’ve not heard the last of Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire, even if Jorg’s chapter of the saga has concluded. As far as endings go, that was a necessary and felicitous curtain call, even though I couldn’t be happier with the way things played out. But of course, that doesn’t mean I’ve had enough of this brilliant dark world.
Regarding his latest novel, Mark Lawrence has stated that what did not want to do was gi ...more
but I will never, ever, let a friend down.
Unless of course not letting them down
requires honesty, fair play, or bravery.”
I mean.. i mean how do i not fall in love with him?
He is perfect!
This is a tale of how a cowardly caddish Prince and a noble Viking warrior were joined together by fate to serve a greater and dangerous purpose. A pure narrative enjoyment deserving 5-stars and more!
June 2016: Buddy Read with BB&B - a reread before finishing the trilogy with the release of T ...more
Make no mistake, Prince ...more
But they're handled so well.
We meet our...hero(?) Jalan who is the quintessential rogue. As a matter of fact I think if you look up "rogue" in a ...more
It was filled with humor, i ...more
“Humanity can be divided into madmen and cowards. My personal tragedy is in being born into a world where sanity is held to be a character flaw.”
So how then does Prince Jala ...more
Mind you, in case you've already gone through Jorg's dirty deeds, this is another story altogether, it's different, it's literally on the other side of the pond. I'll try to explain what I mean as best I can.
Whereas "The Broken Empire" series was — I know the author doesn't like the term, but I mean that in a good way — 24 carat grimdark, "Prince of Fools" still has its ...more
I think there is a chance Mark Lawrence had this quote in mind when he conjured Prince of Fools as for me it was enthralling and gripping exploration of courage and fear and how one cannot exist without the other.
We follow a young Prince Jalen as he is swept up in an adventure that is for once not of his own design and, lik ...more
Prince of Fools was a funny and compelling read that kept me interested from start to finish. The story follows Jalan, a shallow, spoiled prince, as he embarks on a journey alongside a ferocious but honourable Viking warrior on a noble quest to a frozen wasteland to rescue his companion's imperiled wife and young son and lift a curse...while trying to find any opportunity to duck out of the whole thing and do some drinking and gambling. And wenching. The pacing in this book was awesome ...more
I’m not in the habit of buying expensive books from authors I’ve never tried before, I usually wait for a price drop on Amazon if I'm interested. But something about the blurb and cover spoke to me and I went for it with this one, which surprised me cuz damn, $10.99 for a kindle book?! I could’ve bought like, FIVE $1.99 books for the price of this ONE! (and I just blew you away with my mad math skillz, I know.) ...more
Want to read, but not sure at the same time.
|Fantasy Buddy Reads: Prince of Fools||12||26||Mar 13, 2017 03:55AM|
|The Not a Book Cl...: PoF: General Discussion (No Spoilers)||28||54||Sep 29, 2016 07:32PM|
|The Not a Book Cl...: PoF: Part 5 — Chapters 19–23||6||35||Aug 12, 2016 03:58PM|
|The Not a Book Cl...: PoF: Overall Discussion and Reviews (Full Spoilers)||18||55||Jul 10, 2016 08:41AM|
|The Not a Book Cl...: PoF: Part 4 — Chapters 15–18||9||107||Jul 03, 2016 10:37PM|
|The Not a Book Cl...: PoF: Part 3 — Chapters 11–14||14||28||Jul 01, 2016 06:47AM|
|The Not a Book Cl...: PoF: Part 2 — Chapters 6–10||21||42||Jun 27, 2016 10:15PM|
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