Prince of Fools is the first book in The Red Queen’s War trilogy by Mark Lawrence. The events of this book happen concurrently with the events in Prince of Thorns (book one of The Broken Empire trilogy). Now, I was sure I wrote a review of The Broken Empire trilogy as well for this blog, but I seem to have been mistaken.
Jalan Kendeth is one of the many grandchildren of the Red Queen, an elderly woman still feared by many of the kings of the Broken Empire. Jalan is a prince, but one who likes to spend time whoring, gambling, drinking, and seducing noble ladies. When he is summoned, along with all of his siblings and cousins, to listen to tales of dead men and women who rise again, he thinks it ludicrous rumours. That his grandmother seems to take it seriously means nothing to him; just like the Silent Sister by her side that no one but him can see, he ignores it. He listens to the tales of a Northman slave, thinking it a well-spun and well-told web of lies, not knowing that before he will be bound to the Northman in more ways than one. Continue reading