I’ve just had the absolute pleasure of reading the second installment of The Red Queen’s War trilogy, The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence.
“It’s a good key. It’s every key. Every key that was and is, every key that will be, every key that could be.” Wonderful words that set the tone for this second volume of The Red Queen’s War.
Winter is keeping Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the longed-for luxuries of his southern palace. And although the North may be home to his companion, the warrior Snorri ver Snagason, he is just as eager to leave. For the Viking is ready to challenge all of Hel to bring his wife and children back into the living world. He has Loki’s key – now all he needs is to find the door. As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his – the key into the world – so that the dead can rise and rule.
Picking up shortly after the events of Prince Of Fools, The Liar’s Key details the struggles of Prince Jalan and Snorri, both against foes and each other, as they begin a journey South that will see meetings with old acquaintances of theirs, some faces from the Broken Empire trilogy, and plenty of interesting new foes (with a couple of friends thrown in along the way). Will they make it South safely? Will Snorri find what he’s looking for? Will Loki trick them all? You’ll have to read to find out.
Suffice to say that, as with his other work, The Liar’s Key is incredibly well written by Mark Lawrence, with a fantastic narrative and a plot that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are twists and turns aplenty, and a wealth of character development throughout. It’s a truly wonderful tale, told in such a way that you’re right there with them on every step of the journey. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds and resolves(?) in the final installment of the trilogy, The Wheel Of Osheim.
Thanks for reading.