I was terribly worried that The Wheel of Osheim would be just like The Liar's Key. The story starts out with Jal returning from Hel to fornicate with a merchant's daughters - plural, as it at the same time. All while the undead are out to get them.
Then the world, and the book, exploded - literally. Jal's timeline starts crossing with Jorg's (of The Broken Empire) and the plot became interesting. It became everything that I could ask for. I loved the combination of science fiction and fantasy in The Broken Empire series, except I am not a major grit fantasy reader. Jal could never be so dark.
What Jal is, is a man who never wishes to grow up. Thankfully, in The Wheel of Osheim he does just that. Do not get me wrong, he is still Jal. This is a great thing, Jal is an amazing character. It was just nice to see growth - and such growth. He really stepped up for his kingdom, his family, and his friends.
Although. . . Snorri will always be my favorite. The man actually walked through hell for his family. How can you get any more epic than that?
Through it all is Lawrence's great writing and amazing character building. Even if his books are not to your taste, there is no doubt that Lawrence is an amazing writer. The way he builds worlds and characters is nothing short of amazing.
The ending was awesome. It left me chocked up, I may have actually been on the verge of tears at some point. I love Lawrence's Book of the Ancestor series, but (to date) The Wheel of Osheim is my favorite book from him.
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