If you enjoyed the first, the second will not disappoint. Keeps you going right to the end and really makes you consider dropping some cash on another boom credit.
For starters Steven Pacey is by far my favorite narrator to date. He does a fantastic job and I won't mix words explaining how or why. I am not by any stretch of the imagination a professional book reviewer so I'll keep it fast, this book is heavily populated with some of the best characters I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Although when boiled down to its most basic form it's a questionable good beats evil story it's delivered in a fantastically original form and fires on all cylinders through the entire series. This trilogy is in every top 10 fantasy novel countdown you can find so do yourself a favor and join the bandwagon that won't let you down.
The Blade Itself, because its the second of the three.
Gives life to characters that could otherwise come off as shallow done by another narrator.
I wish I had enough money to watch it the 10th time.
When Joe finished this book (we're on a first name basis I guess) he dropped his pen like a microphone.
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Before They Are Hanged is top notch fantasy by one of today’s best and most under-appreciated writers. Here are characters that reek of substance and are grounded in real, believable world. And here, at last, is a story impossible to predict with its many twists and turns. I read a great many fantasy books, many (too many) in the form of trilogies or series. I can typically figure out where a series is going by the middle of the second book so that I’m rarely surprised by the time I get to book three and beyond. Here is one of the few exceptions, a story that does not follow Tolkien conventions or modern fantasy tropes. And here is a series written for grown-ups. While I wouldn’t put Abercrombie on the same level of sex and gratuitous violence that one would put George RR Martin, his books are certainly not for the YA crowd. Unlike the aforementioned Martin, who uses sex and violence to shock his readers, Abercrombie uses violence to do little more than advance his story and develop his characters. How else to describe scenes of torture that aren’t memorable for their shock value but for how mundane they seem in the context of the greater tale? Even the rare sex scenes, which are explicit despite lacking any eroticism, are written in advance of the story and nothing more. While this may put some readers off, I find it quite refreshing in an adult fantasy novel that is adult because it assumes its readers are mature enough to enjoy a story without the shock. Great series, well worth the credit.
Things really picked up in this second book. You really come to care about the characters.
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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.