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Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he writes a damn fine fantasy series.
This review is more for the series as a whole but if you need something specific to Before They Are Hanged, then it is better than book 1. All the things that you liked in book 1 are better in book 2. If you liked but not loved book 1, keep going.
Admittedly, it took me a while to get my footing in the first book. I think this is more due to me having this attention span of a flea then any fault of the book. Once I got going I did not stop. The First Law Trilogy is a gritty, violent world that is utterly enjoyable. It's as violent as anything I've read yet is does not carry the weight of George R.R. Martin or Steven Erikson. It felt much lighter than that. I think this is in part due to the likable characters that Abercrombie so expertly creates. This could actually be taken as a good and bad thing. I mean, I actually liked all of the characters. Even the bad guys have redeeming qualities that makes you root for them. While rooting for characters is great, I did kind of miss feeling the satisfaction of watching a reviled character get his just due.
One of the greatest things this series has going for it is the narrator, Steven Pacey. I am fairly new to audiobooks. I've only been listening for a couple of years but I can say without hesitation that I have not heard better narration than Pacey's. The subtle differences in characters voices never feels fake or forced. I could always tell who was talking by the sound of his voice. The voices always added to the writing, never took away from. I am extremely critical of narrators but could find little fault with Steven Pacey.
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Great narration, decent flow and great plot line. Takes over right from where book 1 left off, enjoyable listen, well worth the credit.
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Joe Abercrombie has become tied with Patrick Rothfuss for my favorite living author. I love this series--blood, grit and swearing notwithstanding but essential--it is a story so well written and so well portrayed by the narrator that I know I will loathe its ending when I complete the last entry of the trilogy. Luckily for me, Joe has kept on writing and there are more books waiting for me.
Joe Abercrombie does a fantastic job of refreshing the fantasy genre with his gritty not everything is sunshine and rainbows style of writing. Don't get me wrong there are still good guys and bad guys but most of the time there is an extremely thin line between the two, I found myself thinking all the time "that guy is terrible...but a good man", you wanted to hate some characters but you just couldn't. It's hard to explain, suffice it to say its an awesome story, a great narrator, and you'll want to keep going.
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
Lots of blood and fighting and details... excellent book and narration! If you liked the series, you wont be dissapoited with this one! Get it and be glad!
Yes, I would. I like this series. It is filled with intrigue. Though a little violent at times and not as sophisticated of a series as A Song of Ice and Fire, it is still decently written. Really one of the better books in the adventure fantasy genre. For people who like GRRM and ASOIAF.
The characters are not one dimensional and there is complexity to their relationships.
I like the Named Men who are the old companions of The Bloody Nine: The Dogman, Three Trees, Black Dow...
No extreme reactions, just pleasantly enjoyable. A guilty pleasure, really.
Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
I would. This was a book i had previously read but bought for my brother for Christmas. I got the audio books so that i could refresh myself with the series and discuss. Mr. Pacey's reading is nothing short of exceptional. Several well done voices with excellent emotion and inflection. His Glotka in particular really brings the character to life. Overall the series is a really interesting take on the traditional fantasy in the vein of George RR Martin. This second book focuses on Glotka's quest for truth against forein forces, a heroic journey, a military campaign against barbaric forces, and political intrigue in the capital of the Union. Lots of action and mysteries revealed all with Ambercrombie's trademark wit and visceral telling of grey stories and human characters. Highly recommended for any fans of the genre. Also recommended for fans of war and intrigue. Like Martin, this is fantasy for people who don't read fantasy.
Glotka surrounded on all sides by enemies within and without searching for answers.
By mature, I don't mean sexy. In fact, most characters in this series are revolting on some level. It's this aspect of the complex characters that make it mature in nature.
The story seamlessly picks up at the end of volume one. I don’t think one will get much from this book without reading “The Blade Itself”, so I recommend that book to get you started.
The Abercrombie-Pacey team is again brilliant. These books and this narrator are meant to go together.
I highly recommend this series, unless you like your heroes unsullied and as shining examples of all that is good, for you’ll be disappointed by the “good guys” in these books.
Absolutely. Steven Pacey provides such an incredible performance, it truly amplifies the merits of the story.
My favorite part of the entire narrative has to be Sand dan Glokta, who is one of the most compelling characters I have read. Anyone interested in complex, sympathetic anti-heroes should be pleased by this character.
I listened to all three books in sequence, one after the other, and so cannot remember scenes as being specifically in the middle book!
Not really. It was enjoyable, but not as compelling as other books I couldn't put down.
In the top 5.
It has very strong caracterisation, and the setting is rather gritty. A song of fire and ice (but much shorted), the black company (but less about war).
Impossible to stop listening (very hard anyway)