Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War)

By Mark Lawrence

First in a new sequence from the writer of The damaged Empire Trilogy.

The purple Queen is outdated however the kings of the damaged Empire dread her like no different. For all her reign she has fought the lengthy warfare, contested in mystery, opposed to the powers that stand in the back of international locations, for greater stakes than land or gold. Her maximum weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by means of such a lot and unstated of by means of all.

The purple Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one that can see The Silent Sister. 10th in line for the throne and content material together with his position as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone isn't really there. yet battle is coming. Witnesses declare an undead military is at the march, and the crimson Queen has known as on her relatives to shield the world. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that would impact him.

But he's mistaken…

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So possibly the unborn used to be mistaken, the lifeless King too. perhaps we’ve received them, the Silent Sister, or even your weasel Allus on our path. allow them to come. We’ll see how a lot endurance they've got! It’s far to the North. ” “So,” I acknowledged, returning to my topic. “What the hell is an unborn? ” I had a obscure reminiscence of the identify from ahead of the nightmare trip begun. i believe the 1st time I heard it I had really was hoping they have been simply risen corpses, which given their dimension will be simply handled.

Snorri stumbled on his toes back, even though slightly, swaying as he dragged his awl again in the direction of the foe. by the point the Norseman made it around the room, all that remained amidst a welter of outdated bones and shed dermis, curled and blackened, was once a small pink factor. It appeared similar to a toddler. And, falling to his knees sooner than it, Snorri bent double and wept as if his middle had damaged. THIRTY “We’re fucked up. ” I raised my hand to wipe the blood from my mouth. The arm felt like somebody else’s, virtually too heavy to maneuver.

Her smile slipped away, eyes widening. “Get misplaced. ” For a second I puzzled why I’d acknowledged that, then discovered that the voice had come from at the back of me. Mary dodged apart and pattered back off the hall while I wrestled with the enterprise of turning round with no falling over. ahead of i'll deal with it, arms knotted within the hair behind my head and urged me into the darkened room. “Snorri! ” What have been intended as a manly cry for counsel got here out extra as a squeak. “We don’t desire him. ” The hand suggested me extra in.

Eyes like frozen seawater fastened upon Snorri’s torch and out it went, the firelight changed as an alternative by means of a star-glow that rose from the frost-wrapped limbs of her historical guardians. “Visitors. ” She rolled her neck, and ice crunched. “Hail Skilfar. ” Snorri bowed. at the back of him I questioned simply what it was once this witch did sitting right here at the hours of darkness whilst she didn’t have us to speak to. “Warrior. ” She vulnerable her head. “Prince. ” chilly eyes came across me back. “Two of you, sure by means of the Sister, how droll. She does take pleasure in her little jokes.

I didn’t even stutter. “Had it with me on the opera. ” through my reckoning the enterprise with Snorri had received me within the quarter of six months’ grace, however it by no means hurts to sound prepared. in addition to, the most factor while tied to tables by way of criminals is to remind them how even more invaluable you're to them whilst now not tied to a desk. “The gold was once correct in my pocket. i feel i need to have misplaced it within the panic. ” “Tragic. ” Maeres lifted a hand, cupped his arms, and a guy got here from the shadows to face at his shoulder.

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