Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!
Enjoyed this final book in the series very much. The ending was different than what I expected but did not detract from the story at all. Loved the narration, made for a very easy listen. Some have complained about the strong language throughout, for me it made it more lifelike. Spend your credits and listen, you won't be disappointed!
Intriguing and enjoyable read
Stephen Pacey is an excellent narrator. The times between the voices and the rest of the text are seamless. It is hard to believe only one man read the entire series. Loved hearing his voice and pronunciation of words.
I found myself sitting in the car to hear what happened next.
This is what a Fantasy novel should be: a cracking narrative, a bunch of great characters (not stereotypes), clear sub-text about the nature of good and evil, and to top it off a brilliant performance by Stephen Pacey.
Pacey's performance brings the narrative more than alive, and his fantastic character voices are distinctive enough to make you think more than one actor is delivering this "play". His internal monologues as Glockter are sublime, and timing is impecable. One minor point was that sometimes the minor characters got lumped in with the main characters in terms of performance but that is really nit picking.
The story itself, the conclusion of the First Law trilogy, is a magnificent romp through a well rounded world that Abercrombie has created, and gives depth and flavour to the cast and locations.
The narrative, as any book worth its salt should, moved me from excitment, horror, disgust to laughing out loud and even at some moments delight (although I probably shouldn't have been delighted...) I'm not giving anything away in this review and it deserves to be listened to, to appreciate all the twists and turns written.
I cannot recommend it highly enough, but don't be decieved by the monicker Fantasy, this is down to earth rough, and ready, high and mighty piece of work, where colour comes from swearing, blood and gore, violence and in some cases down-right nasty behaviour on the main protagonists.
Loved every moment of it!! Steven Pacey really brings it to life and the characters in the story really make it memorable!!
In the begining. But as I was nearing the end I could tell that there was not enough room left to finish telling all the story.
Not at all.
When Glocktor finally got even with Sol
Yes and no. I know the author continue the story in Heros, but he ended this book in the middle of a scene. His book, his rules. But like I said, it left me hanging.
This is one of the best fantasy trilogies I have read. While I anxiously wait for GRR Martin to conclude Game of Thrones I stumble upon this series. Now, it is no G O T but it will hold you over. The writing is raw and graphic and leaves little to the imagination. When a battle scene is described I felt as if I was transported to the point of wanting to be off the field LOL.
The characters are loathsome, repugnant, yet enjoyable - go figure. My emotions were all over the place in this series. I went from liking a character, to hating, then back to liking. It shows how humans are.
The fantasy aspect was there, but I found it more focused on the human side of things and that was fine by me
I’ve read a lot of books over my life, and this series, of which this is the last book, stands out as one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to read.
While fitting the fantasy genre, this book is so much more. Every character is complex, and none without their dark side. Others have criticized the fact that the ending is not as “clean” as it could have been. This in a way is true, but having worked my way through the three volumes, this is in line with the entire series. Most of the story lives in the grey, and nothing is ever black and white.
As I’ve mention in the reviews of the first two books, Steven Pacey is a first rate narrator. His acting here makes the work really come alive. The books ore solid on their own, but with this narrator, they are magical.
A lot of the reviews of this book have referred to the series as mature or adult fantasy. If that means complex characters wrapped around moral ambiguity that that is for sure this series. The characters are likable despite some frankly evil and masochistic tendencies. The world created here is violent and Abercrombie is not sparing with the details, gruesome would be an understatement. All of the main actors in this drama have had some tragic circumstances which have made them who they are. As I mentioned despite this I found that I wanted even the most despicable to find redemption. Well not all of them but certainly the main actors on this stage.
The plot I found difficult to care that much about, I am not sure this world is worth saving, It certainly is not the Shire!! And at times it is a bit plodding, I rarely fast forward audio books but I did a little but with this book. Mostly because I was less interested in what happened than I was to see how these fascinating people would deal with. So as fantasy I would rate this a five for sure. If you like this book I would suggest the Scar by
Sergey Dyachenko and Marina Dyachenko two Russians. It too is a serious look into a man and woman's soul.
And there is magic, used sparingly but I like a little wizardry in my fantasy stories.
I would, if someone were interested in fantasy stories with interesting history, political intrigue, high action, expert violence, and some interesting magic.
I think the scene that stands out the most to me is when Ferro confronts the eater after having been exposed to the Seed. It is a very satisfying struggle and outcome.
An incredible talent for accents, a wide range of very precise vocalizations, and a tremendous acting ability. He may be the very best audiobook performer I have heard.
Not really. It was a very pleasant narrative, but not as compelling as other books that I couldn't put down.
Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.
Unlike some authors, Abercrombie truly wraps up his trilogy in - shocking - 3 volumes! :)
He wraps up the main storyline while leaving enough loose threads handy for followup stories (which are also excellent by the way). I'm very happy I was tuned in to this author.
As for the story, we see the various plot lines for the Cripple, the King, the Wizard, and the Bloody Nine and his gang, come to somewhat surprising conclusion. We learn the true nature of the Bank, and the true villain is....!
Great dialogue, clever lines, and some great, over-the-top violence.
I have since gone on to consume the next three books set in the same world, and each continues the tradition of bloody excellence!