Tuesday, July 12, 2016

THE LIAR'S KEY - Mark Lawrence

From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the Red Queen’s War continues...
 
After harrowing adventure and near death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki’s key, an artifact 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…



OPINION:

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence is a high fantasy adventure novel that will definitely appeal to men. It is the second book in a trilogy in the Red Queen series. 

Prince Jalan is a bit of a rogue and renegade. He is prone to vices (drinking, women, and gambling), getting trapped in sticky situations, and a self-professed coward. Despite his rotten luck and his low self-esteem, he somehow has a penchant for good luck and getting out of scrapes, ultimately always landing on his feet and being hailed as a hero. 

He teams up with the powerful Viking Snorri, a battle-honed swordsman of great wit and wisdom. Together they come into possession of Loki's Key, an artifact many will kill for and that will open any door in the kingdom. They must outsmart the Red Queen who has a malicious agenda of your own. 

Plenty of fight scenes mixed with humor and wiliness. It really is a book that will appeal to men. Women will enjoy it too, despite the lack of female protaganists and romantic liaisons. I highly recommend readers read book one in the series first to get the full story, but in case you don't, the author did a fabulous job of providing a brief, entertaining summary of book one at the start! So you can easily start with book two and fall into the story. 

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog, http://greathistoricals.blogspot.ca, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed! For fascinating women of history bios and women's fiction please visit http://www.historyandwomen.com.
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