I love Mark Lawrence's books. Prince of Fools got a 4 Star only because it wasn't quite up the magnificent standard of Emperor of Thorns.
Prince of Fools is a
delightful book. As usual, I listened to it while I fell asleep so it
has a bit of a hallucinatory feel to it but I had sufficient insomnia to
make sense of it all. The first thing you notice is that the lead
character is about as different from Prince Jorg (?) in the Thorns
Trilogy as anyone could be. This guy is a fop, a coward, and quite a bit
of a fool. Just the ability to change voices like this is the mark of a
damn good writer.
The plot is one of those long journeys where
the lead character has a chance to grow up (a chance that the Prince
refuses) and a multiplicity of adventures are found. Well, at least it
rains most of the time.
There are zombies, wizards, witches with
one eye and, what's best, in the end everything not only ties together
within the confines of this single book but reaches back and ties to the
previous Trilogy. The plot is deep and varied, the characters
realistic. and the dialog never rings false. It's about as good as
modern fantasy gets. I wholeheartedly recommend to all of the 3 people
who take my reviews seriously.
The hell with it. I'm giving it a 5.