The Wheel of Osheim
Mark Lawrence’s “epic fantasy” (The Washington Post) continues as a reluctant prince returns from the bowels of Hell to engage in his greatest battle yet—among the living and the dead.
All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 & ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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/ ...more
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 ...more
In wrapping up his third and final chapter of The Red Queen's War, Mark Lawre ...more
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)[ the group getting back together (hide 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"The Whee ...more
I really enjoyed this and actually flew through it. There was so much great character development in this book. I really felt like Jalan grew into the man he was always foretold to be in this book, and even without the presence of Snorri for the majority of the tale, he was able to stand up, t ...more
It's been a peculiar journey too. I hadn't imagined that the wild boy I met while he destroyed, raped and pillaged could become so dear to my heart, another child made of i ...more
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