The Liar's Key
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 ...more
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I'm a big fan. That Lawrence guy writes just like I would if I could be bothered.
This is my longest book to date, just over twice the word-count of Prince of Thorns, and I had a lot of fun writing it ...more
It pained me to say this but The Liar’s Key is sadly, an unworthy sequel to 'Prince of Fools' for me.
I am clearly in the minority here with my rating and opinion. I gave Prince of Fools a 4.5 out of 5 stars, it’s in my opinion, Mark’s best work up to date. The Liar’s Key is almost the exact opposite of that situation.
The plot of the book started 6 months after the end of 'Prince of Fools' and it revolves around Loki’s Key or in other name, The Liar’s Key, a key that’s capable of openi ...more
The Liar's Key is the second book in Lawrence's The Red Queen's War trilogy. I adored Prince of Fools which followed Jalan's escapades across The Broken Empire and therefore picked up this book as soon as I could.
The survivors from the quest to the Black Fort are Jalan, Snorri and their fat honorable Viking friend, Tuttugu. They have within their possession a magical key, known as Loki's Key and this can open any door, yet there is a lot more to this artifa ...more
It’s official; The Liar’s Key is probably my favorite work by Mark Lawrence to date, surpassing even my love for the entire Broken Empire trilogy. It’s also stronger than its predecessor Prince of Fools, which I rated highly as well, but I was never able to shake the feeling that the first book of Prince Jalan’s adventures was still missing a little something – it didn’t read as fluidly as it could have, perhaps. However, ...more
“Still, children hope in ways adults find hard to imagine. They carry their dreams before them, fragile, in both arms, waiting for the world to trip them.”
The general plot arc of The Liar's Key was exactly wh ...more
It is an impressive continuation of Prince of Fools.
What I liked the most about it was the addition of the flashback. I could not wait to know more about the Red Queen and I was so thirsty for that knowledge.
The book really works on the balance between Jalal and Snorri with a couple of new additions (view spoiler)[ and Tuttugu, until his death, a very difficult moment for me really (hide spoiler)].
Hennan is an amazing, clever, scarred and funny l ...more
Home-there's a magic word. I hadn't fully appreciated it on my first return but this time I would be going home the rich and conquering hero and I'd damn well enjoy it. After all, did I not say: 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.
Consistency! That's the finest virtue a man can possess. Somebody famous said that ...more
The world-building really took off in this one after some promising signs in the first book. I really liked how the current state of the world is set against the back-drop of the fallout from a nuclear war (the "day of a thousand suns") and how civilization is shown to have been slowly and painfully re-built. I a ...more
The full-length review: SUPER AMAZEBALLS!
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of THE LIAR’S KEY. (Oh, who am I kidding? I engaged in uncontrollable, trance-like begging, in the manner of a pathetic, grovelling type of berserker. I threatened Mark Lawrence that I would write Viking-inspired songs about him and sing them in the amalgamated style of Taylor Swift, Fifty Cent and Placido Domingo. That did it. Never underestimate the lengths a reader would go to for a belov ...more
This isn't so much a review as a few rambling thoughts before I finish the trilogy.
It's interesting to compare Jorg of Ancrath with Prince Jalan. No doubt Jorg is the darkest of men, but he never pretended to be anything else. Prince Jalan is a vain fool. On this re read I found Jalan a lot more annoying. Lawr ...more
Snorri has Loki's Key and is determined to use it to go through Death's Door and find his family. Jalan decides to tag along for the journey since Snorri's quest will take him past Red March. Not that the pair have escaped the war between the Red Queen and the Lady Blue. Agents of both sides seek the key for their own purposes.
Like the first book this ...more
To say that I am disappointed in this book is a gross understatement due to how I adore PoF, I rated the first book 5 stars and its one of my favourite books. When I started PoF I couldn't put it down till I finished it, sadly its wasn't the same with this book. I fell asleep more times than I could count while reading this, at first I thought it was tiredness before I realised t ...more
The world is expanding, and new characters are introduced. I do love me some trolls :)
The blood magic and flash backs that Jalan is having are fascinating, and I love Karra, Cara? (Sorry I did the audiobook so I'm not sure on spelling), is a great character. I'm coming to love Snorri more and more, although that's not particularly surprising, he was my favorite in the first book as well.
I was telling myself I was going to wait a few weeks to finish this book because ...more
If you read the first book the second is more of the same.
After the advertures of the first book, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in the possession of Loki's key. A magic key that will open any door, and I mean any door. Jalan just wants to go home and return to his old life. Snorri wants to open the door to Hel and go find his family.
Same as with the first book Jalan is not my favorite character. When the "hero's" first thought in a fight is to run I rea
Jalan was never meant to be Mr. Perfect, to the contrary all his charm depended on being a cowardly, selfish and opportunist sc ...more
As the sun is setting on the Broken Empire, shading dreams into reality, there is still a little time left for laughs, there’s still a margin for a handful of clever tricks and foolish hopes, there’s still a crack to let the last rays of joy in before it slowly closes around each step leading down to ...more
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 i ...more
The sad truth is that I don't feel happy if I do not read. I am not productive, I can barely work and my hands start to shake. Fortunately or not, my job is to read - and after that to translate what I read. The trouble is that even when I become lost in translation for hours at a time, I still must greet the next day by reading a book. Over the past decade or so I've read thousands of novels, so I've become jaded and rare is the book that can tickl ...more
Despite it not being quite as amusing as Prince of Fools, I still really liked this book.
I know that one or two of my friends on GR felt let down by this book but I disagree. I hear what they're saying, and I agree that there were parts that maybe could have been cut down a bit but I liked the direction of the story just fine.
The section where Jalan is basically just gambling in Florence was a little unnecessary but it was all part of the big-picture so I don't mind that. A ...more
Yeah, as if my own expectations weren't already high enough!
The thing is, early on, I will admit to a few shadows of do ...more
I did all that before sitting down to read The Liar’s Key. I know it’s a bit bonkers but that’s what you do when you’ve been anticipating somethin ...more
"BANG. BANG. BANG.
This whole nightmare had started with Astrid pounding on my door, dragging me from a good dream. Every part of my return had been about the opening of one door or another. It had been a mistake to open that first door too. I should have stayed in bed.
And yet . . . "
In book two we find Jal where we left him with Snorri and Tuttugu; at the Three Axes in Trond ... trying to make the best of the situation at hand ... with Astrid, Edda, He ...more
I loved Jalan as a character in this book, he is truly fun to read and his development was a joy to see. Jalan is a liar, a cheat, a gambler, a womanizer and a self proclaimed professional coward. As a result the man has boundless talents for running away from danger, he'll do anything to stay alive, sacrifice anyone as long as he escapes harm. The fact that he is not restricted by 'rules' such as loyalty, heroism or morality makes his job even ...more
So, anyway, I might be back in the next days in order to write a proper review. In case I don't (which is very likely), know I enjoyed this novel heaps. Otherwise I wo ...more
Jalan starts the adventure in bed, asleep, while Snorry is loading his ship ready to embark on his new quest. Needless to say, they adventure together, make friends, enemies, discover more about the undead and Jalan's royal relatives.
Lawrence didn't plan to be an author and we can only be grateful that he changed his mind, serendipitous for us as this is ...more
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