Vain, selfish and cowardly, Prince Jalan Kendeth is a great disappointment to his grandmother, the formidable Red Queen whose war is the title of the trilogy. This is a great ending to the series which I thought had meandered a bit in the second book. It would be plot-spoiling to reveal much of the detail, but fans of Mark Lawrence will not be disappointed and while many will guess what eventually happens to the Wheel of Osheim the ‘how’ is what counts. Many of the loose threads in the whole Broken Empire books are tidied up nicely (e.g. the true identity of Dr Taproot the circus owner and why he has the irritating ‘watch me’ habit) and the last page or two when we discover what finally happens to Jalan came very much out of left field and had me laughing out loud on the bus ;-)
This is truly one of the best fantasy novels I have read in a very long time. I would so far as to say this series has been on par of Robin Hobby and Sarah Douglas. Mark Lawrence has set high standards with this series and I am very excited to read more of his work.
As usual a well written book in a very interesting way and thoroughly entertaining, found it refreshing and fun having such a different main character, cowardly, dodgy and despicable and thoroughly believable seemingly somehow more honest great series