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.
Steven Pacey knows how to tell a story! His inflection, modulation, pitch...it was constantly changing with the narrative, at all of the proper places. I had read the entire trilogy before discovering audible.com, and I loved all of the books as well. Pacey has definitely done it justice!
For me, when one of the main characters of the story unwittingly commits a great atrocity against a dear friend...his having to live with it afterwards...
Steven Pacey's modulation is outstanding: he is loud when he needs to be loud, pensive when he needs to be pensive; he seasons the story with wit, terror, and visceral emotion...he gives his characters their own voices, so that a dialogue can be followed without the narration stating who is currently speaking. He truly brought the story to life.
It made me laugh at times, and wince at others...The First Law trilogy is both whimsical and very dark. Joe Abercrombie doesn't gild the lily when describing battles or human nature...
All three of the audio books are superb, and I have listened to them more than once.
This is the Third Book of the Triliogy. Interesting But a little dark. Hard to keep track of characters. Have to listen quite a while to start making sence of tthis series.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Although many people did not like this ending, I think the whole point of this series was to show that life goes on regardless of what should or shouldn't happen to main characters that people and life is not a fairy/fantasy tale.... The whole series was fantastic but could go further then a trilogy
This would be a somewhat limited pool of works as most of my reading in this specific genre I do for myself. Among all epic fantasy I've consumed, this is one of my favorites.
As rhythmically gritty as Mamet. As triumphantly tragic in the struggle of the human condition in a universe the too often teeters towards darkness as any Shakespeare I've read. As action packed as any Summer blockbuster, and often uncomfortably naked is the violence therein.
Those of us observers who felt that the ending left them
There were many, but I held off from writing this review just to see what would stick with me. Ironically, it's something I didn't expect because it disappointed me as I read it, and I find I like it now for reasons that I wouldn't have expected. It's the scene when Biaz discovers his apprentice is really his former love, now undead, very powerful and seeking vengence. Particularly, it was learning, which for me was the first time, that Biaz might not only be completely full of s--t but may also be a mad meglomaniac.
That scene made me think a great deal - a great, great deal.
There were two. The first was when Glokta was trying to propose. The second was when Glokta unexpectedly gave hope to Jezal at the end that he might find some way eventually to act as king.
Not much at all to not like about these books in my opinion. I did gently grow tired of the
If you've listened to the other two books in this series you might be wondering how it all ties up, especially given the pacing of the story. I'll tell you that the story does come to an end, though that isn't "the end." A lot of the set-up that the story has been pacing out does finally play out with pretty much all the cards on the table. Then it goes on for a bit in a sort of epilogue which lays out anything you might have missed, no more secrets about who is behind what.
But although this is definitely the ending to this story, there is more. The end is obviously putting some of the characters into place for what I guess will be the Second Law series.
In the end I liked it overall and would recommend it to others. I will also probably read a second series if indeed I am right about that.
In this third book of the First Law series, it seems the author becomes bitter with his own story and character creations. The ends that several of his main characters receive are far more horrible than the (mostly) simple deaths that George R.R. Martin's characters receive. I felt no satisfaction with any of the main character's endings and there were points where I very nearly quit the book.
There were also moments when the author seems bored writing altogether. He gets cute and ends a series of paragraphs with phrases that he uses again to start the next. To start the next paragraphs that way so many times got tedious. (See what I did there?) He over uses, to the point of predictability, character's pet phrases. To say one thing about Joe Abercrombie, he can spoil a good thing.
The first two books in the series are works of awesome. I will not read another JA book because of this last title.
Perhaps, my take can be compared to rooting for a beloved sports team. After 2 thirds of a season the team performs amazingly, gathering fan support with awesome athleticism, only to crumble and waste away the final third with poor play and lousy sportsmanship.
It was not a fun experience.
Don't get me wrong, if GRRM kills Aria, I'm done with him too.
Yes! Well, maybe not the genre but certainly the author. I was nearly entranced by the first two books. Rarely am I absorbed by any book to the extent that the first two ensnared me. I had many
Steven Pacey is masterful in his use of voices and pacing. I feel I may not have finished the third book if not for his voice.
Many of the major characters, with one exception, exhibit no evidence of growth. Many go back to old habits. Protagonists are actually shown to be antagonists. I am hoping that this is not the end of the series and that some resolution is in order. If this is the end of the series then it was most unsatisfying to me. The narrator, however, remains excellent throughout.