I don't always listen to my books, but when I do.. I listen to Audible.
After the first two, I was truly looking forward to Last Argument. Unfortunately, it left me dismayed at the weak ending of this trilogy. It felt hollow and incomplete and left me unsatisfied in many ways. The characters we spent so much time with over the course of three books never truly grew, and even Giselle's apparent growth seems skin deep and sporadic in many ways. I truly found Byer's little revelations at the end unsurprising. With that in mind, I was wonderfuly captivated by Inquisitor Glokta, and found myself happy for him. He may be the strongest character in all three books, and his combination of sarcastic wit and willingness to do the necessary, pretty or not, was great. I think had it not been for him, I would have long ago stopped. All in all, a fair book with an ending that left me feeling as if the author took the easy way out. Also, click click click lets find a new word for sword meets skull. Still, I would recommend the series to those who appreciate gritty fantasy, even if this was the weak link in the three novels.
This book has allot of character development and is pointless in listening to unless you plan on listening to the series.
It took me more than half of this book just to gain some vested interest in the characters, and about the same time frame for the plot to unveil itself.
That said I am deep into the second book and am very glad I slogged through many beginning hours.
This book does not strap itself down to one directed theme. You will get war, politics, magic and deep understanding of the characters and what makes them who they are.
Overall, this was a great finish to a really good series. Abercrombie continues his great storytelling in this book and his characters grow even more than they did in the second book (they didn't grow at all in the first book). The one "negative" thing I have to say about the book (and other reviews I read were similar) is that there did not seem to be any real closure at the end of the book. Some of the story lines were kind of tidied up, but most of them were left in what felt like an unfinished state. I'm assuming Abercrombie did this on purpose. Maybe he's letting the reader decide the final fate of the main characters. Maybe he intends on writing more books in this world? (I know there are a few standalone books that take place in the same world using some of the minor characters from this series). Other than that, and the fact that a lot of the major turning points in the book were pretty predictable, it was still a fun book and overall great series.
Once again, Steven Pacey's "reading" (more like acting) was very very good. He definitely added value to the series.
I'll let the other reviews give you more details but this trilogy rocks. Multiple times in throughout the series it is stressed that history repeats itself. It's interesting that it ends much the same way it begins.
I also like how he portrays the characters. It show that not everybody you think is bad is bad and those that are "good" are not always so. It also addresses a lot of grey areas.
IMO Bayaz is a bad guy, Luther is good and Nine fingers is in the grey area. This is just a example of how things change from when you start the series.
The series is not one of those that wraps everything up neatly in the end but nonetheless it is enjoyable. There are two stand alone books that go with this and there is a third on the way. I plan on listening to them all.
The first is Best Served cold
The second is The Heroes
The third is Red Country
No ferry tale heroes with pristine behavior, no totally bad villains, but characters with virtues and flaws, where the good ones are flawed and the bad ones are not bad at all but just the other side. We find coward heroes, fool wisemen, good harted villains, etc.
Rushed poor ending
Seemed as if the author was not sure what to do so he left the reader without a real ending very frustrating
Great reader really brings the story to life
I would recommend this read with the understanding that all characters have their own dark/light sides (as seen by most). All seem to be likeably despised. just like real life. Very entertaining but also quite disturbing. Enjoy.
He is a true performer giving each character a voice and demeaner of his own. well done. If Joes other books are redone with Pacey, I will buy them also.
I won't try to ruin or spoil anything...but beware; I can see why this series sparked so much debate!
I don't like happy endings and I was not disappointed. I laughed at the twists, the betrayals and the bleak. I'm hoping it was all set to start another book(s)/series. There's a lot of food for future work here. I haven't read the "one-off" novels yet (partially because there's a different narrator and I HATE it when they do that; Steven Pacey is perfect for this!).
If you look hard and embrace your cynicism you will see what's coming. If you are waiting for the great eagles to come along and pluck our heroes from the fire, well...the author just doesn't play that game.
Suggested album to have playing in the background? "Soul Cages" by Sting or "Black Angels" by Kronos Quartet.''
Here's the question for you..."What IS the last argument of Kings?"
I travel an hour to and from work each day and i spend that time listening to audiobooks.
There are quite a few cliff hangers in this series and they keep you interested till the end.
Yes, he seems to get better and better as he writes
Logan and Ferrow (did I spell this right?) fighting the practicles in the streets
Yes it was
I listened to this series because reviews seemed to say that it was just as good as A Song of Ice and Fire, but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good series, however the characters (not near as many) and the plot wasn't as complex as George R Martins story.