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The Wheel of Osheim

(The Red Queen's War #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  14,062 ratings  ·  920 reviews
Hardcover, 656 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Harper Voyager (first published May 5th 2016)
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Mark Lawrence
May 23, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm not going to beat around the bush - this is a towering work of literary genius.

Allow me to demonstrate with a paragraph from the prologue:

“Fuck! Fuck Fuck!” The man, bent over now, started to hop from one bare foot to the other. “Hot! Hot! Hot!” An infidel, clearly, tall, very white, with the golden hair of the distant north, a man from beyond the desert, from across the sea. “Fuck. Hot. Fuck. Hot.” Pulling on a boot that must have spilled out with him, he fell, searing his bare back on the
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Stars

The Wheel of Osheim is a great installment to say good bye to 'The Red Queen’s War' trilogy.

Like 'Prince of Fools', 'The Wheel of Osheim' brought my love for the series that were missing in the second book. 3 chapters in and it’s better than the entire experience I had with 'The Liar’s Key' already. The plot started out magnificently gripping, fun and compelling.

In 'Emperor of Thorns', there were two timelines to follow, Jorg at his twenties and the flashback sequence. One of the tim
James Tivendale
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
By all means, check out my reviews of book #1 and #2. This is just a quick review as I do not wish to spoil anything critical to this story or repeat my previous reviews.

The Wheel of Osheim was the only book I could have possibly read next following on from the ultimate cliffhanger at the conclusion of the previous story. So, apologies to other authors whose books I have still to review but I simply had to find out what events would follow the prior outing and als
Petros Triantafyllou
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***STOP PRESS*** The book of the year is out! Mark's second trilogy is now complete, and you may as well vote for him as the best fantasy writer of the decade.

The Wheel of Osheim is an undisputed high point of the series so far. The storytelling is great and unique, offering a cinematic vignette rarely seen in modern fantasy.The architecture is delicate and refined, offering a tender humanism at the book's core. There were one or two predictable events but they were easily overshadowed by the gr
TS Chan
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Snorri misses him already. A grin creases his face. Even in Hel Jal can make him smile.

I'm also missing Jal already. *Sob*

And you know what, I am still reluctant to write a thorough review for this book as it felt too much like saying goodbye to this Prince of Fools. I might do so after a reread when I need a pick-me-up again.

The closing line of the entire trilogy echoed wonderfully with the opening ones, summing up the character growth that Jalan Kendeth undertook.

So I'll just summarily asse
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

There’s so much to say about The Red Queen’s War series, even more so now that I’ve finished this third and final installment and realized to my joy and horror that yes, my time with the remarkable Prince Jalan and his crew has indeed come to an end. Taken as a whole, this trilogy may be Mark Lawrence’s finest work ever, and this stunning conclusion that is The Wheel of Osheim has left me with my mind completely blown.

Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing book, the best end for the series I could have (not) imagined.
It really is the best book yet in the series, the most complicated yet satisfactory. Great work by Mark Lawrence, totally recommended to those who love fantasy and a great, impressive really, character development.
Mayim de Vries
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
The concluding instalment to Red Queen's War series is one of the worst, and least satisfactory endings to a series I have ever read. Flat, hurried after the bloated, dead (pun intended) weight of the side stories, frayed with lose ends, and truly disappointing not only in terms of The Wheel of Osheim, but also with regard to the two earlier books.

Mark Lawrence, a fine writer that he is, is less of an artist and more of a craftsman. He has mastered few tricks and applies them without mercy acro
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
Mark Lawrence surpasses himself. I think this was potentially a very difficult book to deliver because, on top of being the last installment of a trilogy and consequently with a story to resolve, it had to dovetail convincingly with the Broken Empire’s events.
Moreover, the story itself was also intricate with its many long games and conflicting interests at play, with its intriguing characters pitted against obscure and mundane forces…needless to say, after the delectable Prince of Fools and the
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark comedic fantasy fans
4.5-stars rounded up to 5.

This is the best trilogy I have read by this author. I think I enjoyed it more because it wasn't quite as grim and dark as his Prince of Thorns trilogy and there was more humour which helped a lot.

I'm not going to say anything much about the plot as it will spoil people's enjoyment of the trilogy. So, instead I shall just say that I bought these books a couple of years ago after reading on Facebook that the author's house had been burgled, and that they took a number of
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lawrence
3.5 Stars

The pacing of this book was consistently tight which, combined with some interesting mysteries and constant action made it an easy read. Jalan was always bouncing from one adventure to the next, with plenty of action scenes and some light horror overtones that I thought really worked well. The plot was, by the standards of epic fantasy series, fairly straightforward and focused which was a nice change of pace, however there were still enough twists, turns and mysteries to make keep it i
Twerking To Beethoven
"The Red Queen's War" trilogy, just like "The Broken Empire", starts off as a fantasy saga but then everything goes tits up and shapeshifts into sci-fi and dystopia. Which is fascinating, engrossing, riveting, you name it.

Given I suck at reviewing stuff, I'll tell you what Lawrence's books remind me of.

1. A Canticle for Leibowitz - For obvious reasons.
2. Mothership - This is a less known little sci-fi gem by an australian author who passed away a few years ago, leaving this series (unfortunatel
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

Fun, action packed read. Definitely, the best book in the series!

Although the series hasn't been one of my favorites, it certainly is well worth the read. The final installment was definitely the icing on the cake. Right from the start, the plot captured my attention and drew me in. Prince Jalan remains a character that I really didn't relate to. However, that was far less of an issue in this installment than the others as he seems to have grown some and become more of a "hero" than he really w

Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt the best book in the trilogy and one of the best books i've read in 2016. Fast flowing entertainment with the right amount of blood, gore and death... ...more
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
A very good book, great writing with the same humor that was found in the first two books of the trilogy. Now I will be not so patiently waiting for whatever Mark has in store for us next, The RED SISTER trilogy? sign me up!!!!!
Tracey the Lizard Queen
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02/06/2016: I'm pretty sure my husband has bought this for me, and a signed one at that, but because he is a evil bastard as well as a generous one he won't allow me to open it until my birthday. Only 22 days to go...

05/06/2016: (to my husband) "You need to hide this away! It's taunting me. You'll come home one day and I'll have finished it already!" "No." Followed by an evil laugh.

07/06/2016: Husband decides its not nice to t
Deborah Obida
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
It’s always good to have someone agreeing with you in such a discussion, even if it’s only yourself.

I can't believe I've finished this series, I remember reading the first book on a whim, I liked the idea of a cowardly Prince, didn’t know I’d rush the entire series within a few months, I must admit reading book two was a major struggle for me, but this book made up for that. The only reason why I didn't rate it five stars its cause the final journey was somewhat slow and uneventful given the
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Without a doubt, my favorite of the trilogy. This was a wonderfully paced book, where I felt the main character writing actually improved and my friend Jaelan went from a slightly annoying coward, to a slightly annoying coward who I really really enjoyed reading about. I started to look forward to his comments and tried to second guess how he would respond. I have to hand it to Mark Lawrence, he played this character well, when I first started reading, I was worried that Jarl was going to be a c ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was given the chance to torture Mark Lawrence with my lengthy observations on the first draft of his second longest book to date at the end of 2014, which I thought was a fine and solid work with a satisfying conclusion to the series.

It somewhat took me by surprise to find that it was a lot darker and more serious, but in some ways more epic, too, than The Liar’s Key. I personally thought that in The Liar’s Key there was a sense of awesome adventure, laugh-out-loud banter, captivating magic &
Milda Page Runner
Wow! What an awesome conclusion to this fantastic trilogy. And that ending tying the story back to the beginning, all the threads coming together - the balance between horror and humour, adventure and the feels, philosophy and bloody fights – I’m speechless. Loved it, absolutely loved it. Unputdownable beginning to the end.
Whilst The Broken Empire has a darkness to it that bites, Red Queen’s War balances darkness with humour, adventure and friendship making it an easy trilogy to recommend to ev
James Schmidt
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today I will be reviewing The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

I always find it difficult to review books that I love as much as all of Mark Lawrence’s books. I guess it is the fact that I want to make sure I can express how much the books meant to me and how much I want everyone to know that. Can I do them justice with my little review? Probably not, but I will try.

I have given all of Mark’s books 5/
Like any great story, The Wheel of Osheim is a book of lies . . . a story of lies . . . a very mythology of lies. Names, people, places, memories, histories - all damned lies. I'm treading on the edge of spoiler territory here (I can see the gaping chasm to my left) but, as we come to discover late in the tale, the entire story of Jalan Kendeth actually hinges on a single lie that's too painful to even contemplate here.

In wrapping up his third and final chapter of The Red Queen's War, Mark Lawre
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Obično ne dajem osvrte na naslove koje sam preveo, između ostalog jer je vrlo teško sačuvati iole zdrav pristup prema materiji s kojom čovek provede dva ili tri meseca života. Međutim, završnica trilogije RKC mora biti izuzetak.

Ovaj roman je sedmi Lorensov objavljen ovako ili onako (dve trilogije smeštene u svet Slomljenog carstva i jedan roman u nastavcima objavljen na Wattpadu), a osma knjiga (u međuvremenu je objavljena zbirka priča Road Brothers) i sa svakim od tih romana vidan je bio kvali
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a satisfying end to the Red Queen's War series. Mark Lawrence has an engaging writing style and the story had a great mix of humour and action. It helps that the characters in this series are a memorable and likeable batch and that the world is an inventive and interesting one.

Prince Jalan has things no easier in this final book of the series. Our reluctant hero needs to escape from Hell/Hel and then get to the task of stopping the Wheel of Osheim. Lucky for him he has a few friends li
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
Same world and timeline as Broken Empire yet so different in atmosphere! Loved the series!

Finally Jalan grew on me more and was less annoying haha. I disliked his solo journey in book 2 but loved his growth in the final book. Next to that (view spoiler), a beautiful and amusing chemistry that I loved reading about.

I liked how the plot continued from the last cliffhanger. Kinda didnt expect it that way, which is always a nice surprise. The flashba
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rediscovered my love for Jalan in this final instalment, his humour and internal monologue raised above the constant complaining and back to that wry person I found so appealing in the first book. The plot and action was tighter, with some cracking fight scenes that brought real surprises, my favourite involving a certain religious stone artefact belonging to Jalan's father. There are proper laugh out loud moments here, but overall the book is much darker; not just because it deals with the en ...more
I repeatedly say that I really like how Mark Lawrence sets his characters and tells the story. This book is no exception. I enjoyed it very much.

Jalan is complete opposite of Jorge (Prince of Thorns series) and since both series location is Broken Empire we see their path collided sometimes.Prince of Thorns was all about Jorge but this series is about Jalan and at the same time Builders secrets too. Jalan is not the only hero of this tale, we have Snorri, Kara and even Hennan and Red Queen herse
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely satisfying ending to a great series. I will read every single thing Mark Lawrence writes.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a reader there are times when the ending of a book also ends your relationship with an awesome character and you feel saddened. This is how I feel losing Prince Jalan. If you go back and read my reviews or why not anyone else review of "The Broken Empire" series you'll see how many loved Mark Lawrence series. But I tell you something "The Red Queen's War" series is better. The two main characters Prince Jalan and Snorri are incredible and the way they complete each other just works.
"The Whee
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars

Books such as this one should bear a warning sign on their cover:
"This book may cause time to lapse abnormally quick when reading it"
Or something like that...

This is my second trilogy from Mr. Lawrence and I am more and more convinced he keeps improving on each iteration, because this trilogy went for me from an interesting story and pasable main character to a thrilling and charming status. I admit it that Jorg Ancrath was without a doubt first in the list, but Jalan has managed to cli
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