Faith in Books: Prince of Fools


Prince of Fools

By Mark Lawrence

From Lawrence’s website: The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire fear her as they fear no other. Her grandson Jalan Kendeth is a coward, a cheat and a womaniser; and tenth in line to the throne. While his grandmother shapes the destiny of millions, Prince Jalan pursues his debauched pleasures. Until he gets entangled with Snorri ver Snagason, a huge Norse axe man, and dragged against his will to the icy north. 

In a journey across half the Broken Empire, Jalan flees minions of the Dead King, agrees to duel an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath, and meets the ice witch, Skilfar, all the time seeking a way to part company with Snorri before the Norseman’s quest leads them to face his enemies in the black fort on the edge of the Bitter Ice.

From the same world of the Prince of Thorns trilogy comes this new fantasy series. Prince Jalan is an easier character to like than Prince Jorg but his challenges and motivations are quite different. I really got into the characters and the adventure of this series.

What did this book have to do with my faith? Everyone calls Jalan brave but he knows that he is at heart a coward. He also knows that there is nothing truly redeemable about himself. Yet, he keeps acting like a hero, fighting like a hero. How many believers truly know themselves? One of the marks of a spiritually mature Christian is to practice self-examination. That is, seriously ask how your relationship with God is going. Are you truly in right relationship with the Lord? Do your actions reflect this relationship? At least Prince Jalan knows his own weaknesses. Do you know yours?

I highly recommend this book, especially for Mark Lawrence fans.

Happy reading!


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