The Liar's Key (Red Queen’s War, Book 2) by Mark Lawrence

By Mark Lawrence

Prince of Fools, The crimson Queen's battle: booklet One had all "the hallmarks of [Mark Lawrence's] storytelling and writing type which made The damaged Empire trilogy such a really addictive read" (Bibliosanctum.com). Now, The Liar's Key keeps the tale of the weird fellowship among a rogue prince and a weary warrior...

After harrowing event and near-death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason locate themselves in ownership of Loki's Key, an artefact in a position to starting any door, and sought by way of the main risky beings within the damaged Empire—including The lifeless King.

Jal wishes merely to come back domestic to his wine, ladies, and tune, yet Snorri has his personal function for the major: to discover the very door into loss of life, throw it broad, and produce his kin again into the land of the living.

And as Snorri prepares for his quest to discover death's door, Jal's grandmother, the crimson Queen maintains to control kings and pawns in the direction of an endgame of her personal design...

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The priest had sought her out to give her his sympathies on the death of her brother. The only Rederni aside from Tier who had. She hadn’t been quite sure how to deal with a priest—Travelers had little use for the minions of the gods—but he’d seemed like a good person. ” “It must have been more than that,” Seraph said thoughtfully. ” She put them against her face and rubbed against them like a cat, soaking in the warmth that emanated from the battered wood. “Old wooden beads,” she said. “I can’t tell exactly how old, but they’ve been given in love and worn that way for a long, long time.

When she managed it at last, Ushireh’s body sat up in the pyre, and his head turned until he could fix his glowing eyes on her. Seraph shrank back and tried to close her eyes. As if in death he’d acquired the magic he’d so envied her in life, his will kept her from looking away from him. “You left me,” he said. “You left your duty. ” She awoke with a gasp and a cry and was gathered into warm arms and rocked gently. 44 Pa t r i c i a B r i g g s “Shh,” said Tier, “it was a dream. ” She buried her head in his shoulder and gave up a lifetime of self-control to sob raggedly against him.

I won’t tell anyone else,” she said. ” She glanced up at the mountains that towered above the narrow trail and shivered. There were not as many thieves in that part of the Empire as there were in the lands to the east where war had driven men off their lands. But Conex the Tinker, who found the dead body beside the trail, was not so honest as all that. He took everything he could find of value: two good boots, a bow, a scorched sword with scraps of flesh still clinging to it (he almost left that but greed outweighed squeamishness in the end), a belt, and a silver ring with a bit of onyx stone set in it.

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