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The Liar's Key by Mark  Lawrence
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The Liar's Key is absolutely brilliant. Mark Lawrence keeps doing the impossible: whenever you convince yourself that you have read his best work, he shows you that you are wrong, and keeps on climbing the Olympian Staircase of modern fantasy writers.

Lawrence's stories have always been about their conflicted characters; individuals with highly questionable morals, but which you root for every step of the way. However, The Liar's Key goes one step further, adding more depth and scope to the world of the Broken Empire, more than in any other of his books. The world-building here is at its finest, as we accompany Jalan through his travels, drawing inspiration from rich and diverse cultures and adding the excitement of the possibilities contained in steampunk's approach to technology.

Jalan's character growth is also one of the high points, as we see him coming to grips with the history of his family. He takes a few punches to the stomach throughout the book, both literally and metaphorically, and we get to see how he gradually strengthens his own skin. He may still be a coward by the end of this book, but his cowardice is much changed.

A plot that is both exciting and compelling to read, a broken world with imagination pouring out of every crack, and characters which will have you root for them, even when you think they're wrong.
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Reading Progress

February 21, 2015 – Shelved
February 21, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
February 24, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read (Hardcover Edition)
February 24, 2015 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)
July 1, 2015 – Started Reading
July 1, 2015 –
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August 9, 2015 –
90.0%
August 11, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 11, 2015 – Finished Reading

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