Today I will be reviewing The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War Book 2) by Mark Lawrence .
I find it very hard to write reviews on books that I love as much as this one. How can I do this book any justice with my little review. I guess for starters I can congratulate Mr. Lawrence on yet another Fantastic book. Each book he writes continues to somehow exceed the others. I have given all his books 5/5 stars, and they all deserve them, and they all keep getting better! I guess I need to come up with a new rating system for his books. Maybe something like a 11/10 stars so he can say his books go up to 11! In any case maybe all I can do is tell Mr. Lawrence that this amazing piece of literary genius has helped me though a very tough month. It took me that long to read this book, it was not the books fault, I had a very limited amount of time to read. I was not lucky enough to get a ARC for this book, so I not so patently waited for my pre-order to arrive on June 2. I gleefully ripped open the package and began reading that night. I was hooked right away. After that everything kinda went to shit. Again, not the books fault, it was still fabulous! Not to go into all my problems but the two greatest women I have ever known have had a very rough time of late and I have done my best to be the best son and husband I can. Though the bad times I always had this little piece of awesome to turn to and help me escape, if even just for a few pages. I looked forward to my little bits of time when I could hang out with Jal and Snorri. So thank you Mr. Lawrence you have succeeded in changing someones life with your work (In a good way of course). I guess that is the best compliment I can give. Oh, did you see that there? I think that was a book blurb! “This book is life changing” – mightythorjrs. I can see it now on the back cover of The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen’s War #3) . Sorry, just dreaming there for a second. I will always have a bond with this book and author. There is a reason Mr. Lawrence is my favorite author, he simply is the best around right now. Of coarse this is my opinion, you are welcome to your own. Enough of all of this, my loyal blog readers want a review, (wait do I have any of those? I don’t think so.)
The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War Book 2) has everything you have come to expect from Mark Lawrence books. He is a top notch writer and master storyteller. The man just has a way with words! The world he has built in his books is extraordinary. Deep and colorful, full of imagination, and a gritty undertone. His characters are wonderfully complex and easily identifiable. Jal and Snorri are the new odd couple, always playing off each others strength and weaknesses. This book has built upon the solid foundation of Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War Book 1) and takes this series to a new level. Well, I am not one for big long reviews full of synopsis and spoilers. So I guess what I wrote will have to due. I am spent. To be quite honest I am at a loss here. I had a emotional experience with this book. Was it the greatness of the book, or the hardships presented to me while reading it. Much of both I think. I am going to leave this review on that note, take my review for what you will. I will now NOT so patently wait for The Wheel of Osheim. Thank You!
5/5 STARS! (or in the special Mark Lawrence rating system 11/10 Stars!)
This book is out NOW from Ace books, I recommend you go get a copy!
About the book:
The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War Book 2)
- Series: The Red Queen’s War
- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Ace (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425268802
- ISBN-13: 978-0425268803
Prince of Fools, The Red Queen’s War: Book One had all “the hallmarks of [Mark Lawrence’s] storytelling and writing style which made The Broken Empire trilogy such an incredibly addictive read” (Bibliosanctum.com). Now, The Liar’s Key continues the story of the unusual fellowship between a rogue prince and a weary warrior…
After harrowing adventure and near-death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki’s Key, an artefact capable of opening any door, and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire—including The Dead King.
Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living.
And as Snorri prepares for his quest to find death’s door, Jal’s grandmother, the Red Queen continues to manipulate kings and pawns towards an endgame of her own design…
About the author:
Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.
Blog here: http://mark—lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MarkLawrence…
[My next book The Wheel of Osheim is out in June 2016]
Pretty much how I felt! This book is absolutely amazing, my favorite of Lawrence’s work yet.
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I absolutely agree! Thank You!
I can’t comprehend how he keeps getting better and better. From the start I’ve been giving 5/5 – it makes me think we must now be up to about 8/5. It’s just madness! How can I love a book and think it’s his best – and then he goes and surpasses it!
This was a really great addition to the world. The writing is just amazing.
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Yes indeed! He continues to blow my mind!