I loved how the lives of the very different characters eventually came together. You also get a good mix of a little bit of everything from magic, to deception, to sword fighting, and even a little bit of romance (just a bit).
Inquisitor Glokta and Logen are such complex individuals that I couldn't get enough of.
He brought this book to life. Pacey was able to capture the essence of each character and easily allowed me to visualize the entire story. I especially love his Inquisitor Glokta voice. Simply magnificent!
The most moving part of the story was when Ardee spoke about the men in her life. I don't want to give any spoilers!
Brilliant read! I can't wait to read the next book!
Ninefinger- many decisions he made had my sympathies
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Worth a credit
I think Abercrombie could be compared to Sanderson, Rothfuss, Simmons, Jordan.......
I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job. He brings the book to life, adds to the story, is not a distraction. Great job!!!
It is funny and sad, dark....I would not make it in Abercrombie's world.
Great book, happy to add this series to my collection. Well worth a credit.
Excellent first book of a 3 book series. Abercrombie's writing reminds me of GRR Martin. The characters are patiently constructed as such the first half of the book is a little slow going and patience is required but the payoff is worth it. Each of the main characters are complex individuals with good and bad qualities. No stereotypes or wooden characters. Many posses dark secrets and have dark gritty backgrounds which are gradually revealed. The dialogue and inner thoughts of each character are well written with a great deal of dry wit and humorous sarcasm which I find a great pleasure to read. Very few fantasy writers do this well. The story unravels slowly as many questions and mysteries are presented. Not all is revealed as this book is not a stand alone. Good news is the second book is even better.
There is a lot of blood and salty language but this story wouldn't be as good without it.
The narration is outstanding. Couldn't be better.
So, if you like GRR Martin, what are you waiting for? This is your next series to read.
Big 5 stars.
I read. Sometimes I listen to books and call it reading. I write. Sometimes I transcribe coffeehouse conversations and call it writing.
The blood thirsty hunger of the enraged Logan Nine Fingers is unparalleled in any other sci/fi novel I have ever read. The Bloody Nine! Joe Abercrombie's fight sequences and inner thoughts of Logan the man and Logan the warrior are stark in contrast. This leads many to believe the man possessed or insane. Up to you to decide but what a book and series. The story is great, the narration great, these books are great!
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Great story! Engaging real-feeling characters
The bloody-nine is the best rendering of the fantasy-fic barbarian I've ever experienced!
Narration was one of the best I have ever listened to! Clear definition between chapters and characters, inflection was great.
Well done on the fight scenes!
Logan Nine Fingers was my favorite performed by Steven Pacey although DeGlockta(sp) was up there.
No extreme reactions just a great book, I couldn't stop listening to it!!
Uncertain... There wasn't any direction to the book until we were 3/4 through it. I had nothing invested in the characters. In the final 1/4, characters and plot really started to move toward something interesting. It just took way too long.
Uncertain: too slow.
I think I would. My struggle was that I found it a bit arduous to really get into this audible. The story is good and the narration is phenomenal but I would say I struggled for about 3/4 of the audible to begin to feel an emotional connection to any of the characters. Part of the problem, I think, is that maybe it has more to do with what I have spent time listening to prior to starting a new audible. Kind of like beer tasting. If you are not careful and the beer is strong in flavor, the next one could be judged harshly in the afterglow of the previous. I just could not get committed until the audible was almost done. I am definitely going to listen to the next one in this series as I did become very interested by the end. I guess I have to see if it was worth the effort to get to this point though.
For now, probably bloody nine and the girl, Ferro
Probably the ending fight with bloody nine and the Ferro running into trouble with the inquisitors. You felt like you were a part of this. The narration was very good. Also, The part where Logan's former band of men must defend themselves from some soldiers. Very good.
I covered this in my recommendation. Yet to see.
From the first 5 minutes, I was hooked with Joe Abercrombie's amazing writing talent. I felt a vacuum in my audiobook life when I heard the last chapter of a Dance with Dragons and The Firs Law series, more than made up for this space. Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie, say he's a hell of a writer ..