Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War, Book 1) by Mark Lawrence

By Mark Lawrence

Hailed as "epic fable on a George R. R. Martin scale, yet on speed" (Fixed on Fantasy), the damaged Empire trilogy brought a daring new global of darkish myth with the tale of Jorg Ancrath's devastating upward thrust to energy. Now, Mark Lawrence returns to the damaged Empire with the story of a much less formidable prince...

The pink Queen is previous however the kings of the damaged Empire dread her like no different. For all her reign, she has fought the lengthy warfare, contested in mystery, opposed to the powers that stand at the back of international locations, for better stakes than land or gold. Her maximum weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen through such a lot and unstated of through all.

The crimson Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is person who can see The Silent Sister. 10th in line for the throne and content material together with his function as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone isn't there. yet struggle is coming. Witnesses declare an undead military is at the march, and the crimson Queen has referred to as on her relations to shield the world. Jal thinks it's all a rumor—nothing that would impact him—but he's wrong.

After escaping a loss of life capture set through the Silent Sister, Jal unearths his destiny magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. because the adopt a trip around the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave hazards, prepared girls, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath alongside the way in which, Jalan progressively catches a glimmer of the reality: he and the Norseman are yet items in a online game, a part of a chain of strikes within the lengthy war—and the crimson Queen controls the board.

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