The scale, depth, and story doubled, and that I am thankful for. The way in which the story is told allows each character plenty of growth, which Abercrombie does splendidly. There's still something lacking in the actual plot, but all in all vast improvement over the first. I went grudgingly into this book, and now I'm diving into the 3rd.
Not sure. I just loved the character of Sandan Glokter (not sure I spelled that right). Awesome character.
I really liked this - as much or perhaps better than the first book. Abercrombie is funny, horrifying and smart in equal measures and Pacey is an excellent narrator.
It took me a looooooong time to get into this story. But after sticking with it for a book & a half, I am glad that I did.
Abercrombie skips across 3 major stories here. All three develop the characters better than the majority of fantasy/genre writers. He creates at least a dozen unique characters that we follow. Given time you see them change and start to care for them.
The writing is not stellar. That is why I am taking 1 star off. Its not up there with say 'Name of the Wind'. But its passable. The story leaves me wanting more.
The narration has gotten good reviews I see. I don't agree. Too many characters for Pacey to carry. He starts to go into slurring accents or a scottish brogue. His women are atrocious. Pacey is good when it comes to a story with 1-2 primary characters, but not here.
Lots of detailed build up in the story and the addition of a few new characters keeps things interesting. The story falls flat at the end, however. The book reads almost as though it's part of a larger singular novel and the editors had to pick a place to cut it.