4 stars (out of 5) for The Liars Key by Mark Lawrence ~ a spoiler-free review.
This is second book of The Red Queen’s War trilogy, and the pieces that were shuffled into position on the chess board of this story in the first book are moved… toward what ultimate purpose is still unclear, but it’s one hell of a ride!
Lawrence’s prose is as elegant and concise as ever, the pacing here is pretty much perfection, and we get to experience more fascinating places in The Broken Empire – what’s not to love! My niggle from the first book – that I sometimes found the first person unreliable narration of the main character restrictive – in a way gets reinforced by the fact that the brief parts of the story which aren’t told from that perspective are my favourite. This is such a fascinating world that I’d love explore it through a multitude of eyes… but that does not mean that I don’t enjoy our Prince Jalan or appreciate the way Mr Lawrence is telling the story. This is a fantastic book and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.