I can’t believe I haven’t discovered Mark Lawrence until now. I’ll admit I’ve only read two of his books in 2019, but he has a strong and unique voice and style that I’ve fallen in love with.
The Liar’s Key is a fantastic, rollicking adventure that I really enjoyed.
I’ll make a confession: I think rogues are really hard to write. They need to straddle that line between being unlikeable and worthy of empathy. It’s a really hard, narrow path to walk, and even more difficult over the course of a whole novel, much less two.
But Mark Lawrence nails it. Prince Jalan Kendeth isn’t the sort of person I would generally like to spend any time with, but I’ll happily be in his head for these stories. His growing friendship with Snorri is remarkable, and I’m very much looking forward to the third book.
The Liar’s Key: great worldbuilding, laugh-out-loud moments, deep characters with just the right amount of development, and a story that will have you turning the pages quickly.