Much better than the first book. All of the sub-plots are engaging and unexpected. Nine fingers reminds me of Steven King's Gun Slinger.
This is a solid continuation for many excellent characters. Characters you loved in the first book get deeper, and you learn to love the b-team just as much if not more. The narrator gives each a voice, and conveys their suspicion and anger and fleeting honor with impressive clarity.
The only downside is that the author has every intention of frustrating and tormenting these lovable trolls, and it's hard to see much positive progress in the story itself.
Seriously, these performances need to stop being so outstanding and immersive. The story is fantastic, adult, charming, curious and slap in the mouth funny. The delivery is something else, I cannot recommend it enough and I'm exhausted to say it's utterly brilliant.
This second book is still full of good writing, as much as the first at least. The world building is a bit more like an info dump at times, but not overly so. Like some other books I have listened to I have noticed something. There tends to be a bit of word or phrase repetition. The first few time are ok, but this happens often in this second book. Something that the editor should have commented on I feel.
This, the 2nd in the series is a fantastic talw of war and intrigue. It's well worth your time.
just as entertaining as the first. Lots of battle scenes (almost too much) and not a whole lot of plot, but abercrombie is so skilled at the detail and realistic, witty dialogue that the slow plot doesn't matter.