I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
I don't know why I waited 9 months between reading this and the first book. But this is the first truly good fantasy book I've read in a while. The last two books by RR Martin where pretty disappointing and everything else I've read in the genre either seemed juvenile or just not that well written. I was beginning to think that I was outgrowing fantasy. However, it's just that the vast majority of fantasy is not that good.
I'm not going to wait 9 months to read the 3rd book in this series. I plan on finishing it before the end of the month.
There is one thing I have to say to all fantasy authors and is a pet peeve of mine. Writing about people that have not bathed in months having sexual intercourse is not sexy, in fact it's been known to cause impotence, so please stop.
If you are debating continuing with this series, keep going. I loved it. It only gets better.
The characters, who while they first seem like fantasy cliches, are fully developed and have their own motives and intentions.
The scope of the series spans continents and kingdoms, yet focuses on a small group within to flesh out the story.
Glokta! To get the reader to cheer for such a seemingly despicable character requires a deft talent, and Abercrombie pulls it off. Pacey's characterization of Glokta was painfully creepy.
This is the hard stuff, and I like it. Abercrombie gets how life in such a time/place would be and doesn't flinch to express it.
yes great story interesting compelling story
game of thrones
listening is a great time saver I would rather read and let my imagination create scenes but Steven does a marvelous job of painting a great story with his wonderful style
no but a great listen
give it a go if your a fantasy fan
Probably the upper third.
The fencing match with Jazelle and actually the way Logan Nine Fingers tries to get the group to bond.
This guy is epic. Without this sort of performance, I am not sure I would have stuck with it.
At times during certain segments I would find myself lingering in the vehicle before getting out to do what I should do. Parts of this are very captivating.
I thought this book was a bit better than the first although it could be that I am finally fully immersed into the story and characters. It's funny, for as long as these audios are, it does not seem like a lot is really accomplished in each story. Rather, it is one story broken down into a lot of detail. Sometimes this gets too tedious and bogs things down but I don't feel that is occurring here. Enjoyable listen overall but I feel this is not going to have the good ending for certain characters I was hoping for.
Once again, I was bowled over by the second book in the "First Law" trilogy.
There is a bit more action in this one compared to "The Blade Itself", which was nice because I felt that the first book dragged on a bit in plot. In fact, were it not for Mr. Abercrombie's superb characterization and Mr. Pacey's phenomenal narration, I would have probably stopped listening from lack of plot.
That being said, the excellent characterization and narration is back, plus we get A LOT more action. There are some really great battle scenes and the characters are taken back through the wringer again. Some worse than others.
That being said, I still am not sure what is happening with the plot. There is so much going on at a micro level that I am not seeing the BIG picture. I've yet to see how all the dots connect and I am beginning to think that they may never really connect in a way I am used to in fantasy.
Which I am OKAY with. The novel is so well written and so well narrated that I can stand there to be not much of a plot or for there to be little plot resolution. I would like to see some questions answered in the third novel, but if they are not, I'll live. Joe Abercrombie has a keen understanding of humanity (if a somewhat dark view of it) and I am content to luxuriate in the world he has created even if it means we don't really go anywhere.
The story is woven in an impeccable world without fault. There are few problems with believability, the magic is raw & powerful and the characters are fallible people just trying to stay alive.
I love where the story is going, how the character Glokta grows into him self and how utterly ruthless he can be.
Steven has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life. His British accent lends itself to many dialects and he weaves believable pictures which allows me to immerse myself into the story. He has a lovely way of building the tension which had me almost jump into a bush from fright during a particular piece whilst I was running...
I have to admit that I didn't as I have read the series before so unfortunately I did not have any surprises waiting for me.
I can hardly rate this series highly enough. If you are almost spending a credit on this do it now...but only if you can handle hard core action fantasy. If you are into unicorns you should possibly try a different title.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is the middle book in Abercrombie’s Fist Law Trilogy and as such advances the various story lines but does not attempt a conclusion. The lives of four main characters are followed, Logan (The Bloody Nine), Inquisitor (now Superior) Glokta, the Dogman, and Jazel. All these characters show significant development. So now that the stage is set with all these great characters the conclusion is anticipated. The thing is, I really have no idea where the story is headed because there is no central quest to this series so far.
The characters are so good that Stephen Pacey has ample opportunity to display his considerable talents. Pacey is in fact fantastic making what could have been a plodding middle book into an engaging entertainment.
I have to say I am in the minority about this book. This author does not give a lot of backstory, which I prefer. But he writes in such a way that makes me curious to see what is next. So I continue to read. Some of the characters are Very annoying. Narration is on point though. I kept reading out of curiosity more than anything else. Listening to this book was not a very pleasant experience for me.