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Mark Lawrence (1) (1966–)

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Verk av Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns (2011) 3,124 exemplar
Red Sister (2017) 1,725 exemplar
King of Thorns (2012) 1,572 exemplar
Emperor of Thorns (2013) 1,292 exemplar
Prince of Fools (2014) 1,238 exemplar
Grey Sister (2018) 851 exemplar
Holy Sister (2019) 636 exemplar
The Liar's Key (2015) 622 exemplar
One Word Kill (2019) 584 exemplar
The Book That Wouldn't Burn (2023) 583 exemplar
The Girl and the Stars (2020) 526 exemplar
The Wheel of Osheim (2016) 488 exemplar
The Girl and the Mountain (2021) 197 exemplar
Limited Wish (2019) 192 exemplar
Dispel Illusion (2019) 158 exemplar

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Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 401 exemplar
Unfettered II: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 122 exemplar
Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2019) — Bidragsgivare — 107 exemplar
Unbound (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 104 exemplar
Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 77 exemplar
Knaves Over Queens (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 58 exemplar
Art of War: Anthology for Charity (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 43 exemplar
Neverland's Library (2014) — Bidragsgivare — 40 exemplar
Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology (2018) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor30 exemplar
Grimdark Magazine #1 (2014) — Bidragsgivare — 14 exemplar Short Fiction: March - April 2020 (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar
Relics, Wrecks and Ruins (2021) — Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar
Grimdark Magazine #4 (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar


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Ik had veel goeds over dit boek gehoord en toen het werd uitgekozen als Foreign Fantasy boek voor April 2024 door mijn RL-leesclub was dat een reden om erin te beginnen. Ik heb het in het Engels gelezen en ook nog een moeilijk soort Engels voor mij. Het heeft mij dan ook best lang gekost om het te lezen, maar dat was absoluut de moeite waard.
Het is het verhaal van Livira en Evar, een meisje en een jongen die elkaar nog nooit hebben gezien maar verbonden zijn door een boek. Hun omzwervingen brengen hen soms kortstondig bij elkaar. En iedere keer dat dat gebeurt zijn ze meer van elkaar onder de indruk. Dan komt er een oorlog die alles kan vernietigen.
Ik heb vooral het gevoel overgehouden dat oorlogen geen goede en geen slechte mensen kent. Alleen slechte ideeën van machthebbers waar hun volk voor moet boeten.
Het verhaal had voor mij iets korter gemogen, maar het einde had erg onverwachte wendingen en zeker de laatste 150 bladzijdes vond ik erg goed. Ik kan niet wachten op deel 2.
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connie53 | 14 andra recensioner | Apr 8, 2024 |
Evar and Livira are both living in a prison. Evar's is a big library full of knowledge, but with all the exits closed shut. He dreams of being able to walk out one day and experience the things he could only read about. Livira feels trapped on the dusty plains that are her home, living the same day over and over, fighting to survive the harsh conditions.

"After a few turns the reassuring resistance told her that the bucket had filled. Every time she carried out the task a small part of her held its breath, thinking that one day there would be no resistance. One day the water would simply not be there. An even smaller part of her hissed its disappointment when the turn of the handle revealed that new weight. When the water was gone there would be a change. Not a good change. But a change nonetheless. And sometimes, in the dark of the night with the hollow sounds of the Dust all around and the bright stars cold in their heaven, sometimes what scared Livira more than the water running out was that the water would not run out and that this would be her life."

They both look for their way out in the library, trying to solve its mysteries and finding a way towards each other.

Let me start with the main characters. While I enjoyed following both of them, Livira definitely left a bigger impression on me. She is so well-written that I could predict what she was going to do in a certain situation. I wouldn't have thought I would fall so for a character that is neither a magic user nor a trained fighter, but I suppose she does have a soul of a warrior. She can seem a bit reckless, but she is just so focused on her goals that she doesn't care about the risks.

As for the side characters. There are definitely some well-developed ones, but I felt that some of the characters that were supposed to be important to our main characters stood a bit too much in the background and I never got a chance to get to know them that well.

The setting of this book is very far from classical, medieval fantasy. The world outside has been turned to dust. The human cities are being attacked by a different and bestial race. Their only hope of surviving being the library, which could give them strong enough weapons to fight off the threat. The knowledge is all there; the problem is finding the right books while navigating the grand, mysterious, and dangerous library. And maybe the answer is different from the one they are looking for.

"People don’t want truth. They say that they do but what they mean is that they want the truth to agree with them. Take ninetynine books that say one thing and one that says the opposite. If that opposite was what the customer was hoping to hear, they’ll put their stock in the single volume."

The story is full of mystery and discovery. The first two-thirds of the book don't reveal much and I must say I wasn't getting that impressed, but once the first big reveal drops, it just keeps on coming and it's well worth the wait. The way things fell together was very satisfying and very emotional. While most mysteries have been revealed, there is definitely more to uncover in the following installments and I can't wait to get my hands on them.

This book combines an amazing story with well-developed characters and an original setting. It ticks all the boxes.

I received an ARC for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Levitara | 14 andra recensioner | Apr 5, 2024 |
Good book. Very mysterious. All the various plot points are so disconnected that it feels like magical realism at first. Enough time travel loops to make my brain hurt. Undecided about reading the second book.
Tip44 | 14 andra recensioner | Mar 12, 2024 |

The voice of this book grabs you from the first paragraph and doesn't let you go til the last sentence. It was brutal-sometimes making you want to cover your eyes, but there is also a balance filled with the pain and rage of lost innocence.

I am quickly moving on to the next despite the overpriced Kindle version.

Favorite Line:

“Father Gomst will pray for your soul,” I said. “And forgive me the sins I incur in detaching it from your body.”
jazzbird61 | 128 andra recensioner | Feb 29, 2024 |



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