Review- The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen’s War #3)

The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen's War #3)
By: Mark Lawrence
Release Date: June 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Series: The Red Queen's War
Award: David Gemmell Legend Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Novel (2017), David Gemmell Ravenheart Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Cover Art (2017), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy (2016)

What is more pleasing than loving an entire series from start to finish? The fact that it is actually finished. Yes, I am joining in the bashing of George R.R. Martin but not for sport, only to say that I need resolution to characters and stories I’ve grown attached to.

When I realized this series was a trilogy pulled from the same world where Lawrence’s other books hailed from I was worried. So worried about falling in love with character whose ultimate end I may not find out anytime soon. So upon seeing this book, The Wheel of Osheim was listed as the final book in this trilogy at the time of my reading this series (as there is now a novella out that has landed on my to be read list)I was very relieved that the characters of Jalan and Snorri were going to finish their story.

And what an end to the story it was!

We return to Jalan and Snorri with two opposing actions going on. Snorri, desperate to save his family, is risking everything to bring them back from death while Jalan is desperate to escape, with Loki’s Key in hand, and get back to his world of comfort, far away from the hard times he’s faced while traveling with Snorri.

It is impossible to discuss this book without giving out spoilers for any part of the series so I’ll stick to my tired and true method of leaving you with a quote that hopefully encourages you to keep going in the series.

He raised his head, staring at me beneath the black veil of his hair, unreadable, capable of anything. “I . . .” His first word to me since we parted in Hell. It had been months for me—how many lifetimes would it have felt like in that place? From the darkest corner of the hall a dead man rose from beneath a tapestry—some victory picked out in silver thread, now smeared with blood and foulness. He charged toward Snorri’s back, trailing the embroidered cloth like a banner. Snorri lashed out to the side, almost without looking, his axe an extension of his arm. The man’s head flew clear; his body stumbled, and collapsed. “I am at peace,” Snorri said, and walked over to clap me in a warrior’s embrace. 

I adored this series and as it was my first experience with Mark Lawrence I have to say I’m not a huge fan. I will be going back and reading The Broken Empire series and then continuing on to his other works. If you like fantasy novels and have enjoyed book one and two of this story so far, go read book three and give yourself that wonderful feeling of loose ends being tied up and resolution coming to the stories of the characters you’ve grown to love.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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