Author: Mark Lawrence
Series: 3 Books, all Published
First Book: Prince of Fools

Click to EnlargeMany of Mark Lawrence’s fans were skeptical of a return to the Broken Empire not featuring our favorite (albeit psychopathic) anti-hero, Jorg Ancrath.

If you are currently on the fence, however, it’s time to hop off because we can promise you this:  you will be completely hooked on this series in just two pages.

Events of the Red Queen’s War run concurrently with those of the Broken Empire, but transpire primarily in two kingdoms we have not previously seen: The Red March and the Viking lands, which by our best estimates were Italy and Norway respectively before the “Day of a Thousand Suns.”

Is the Broken Empire trilogy required pre-reading?  Not at all.  For those who did follow the tale of the Ancrath line, however, Red Queen’s War provides excellent fan-service with ongoing rumors of the “lost prince’s return”, new insight into distant world powers, and excellent run-ins with some of our favorite characters.

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Back Blurb: The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war—and the Red Queen controls the board.