Neither the story or narration wavered throughout - both outstanding. As well as all the excitement, plot development, humour, joy and sadness, it proved to be a wonderful exploration of the human condition.
Best credits I've spent so far.
What I like:
Abercrombie has so many characters in the First Law series. And almost all of them are slowly evolving over time. Not too often a genre writer pulls that feat off.
The plot over all is first class. I love the fact that he spent the first two books revolving around a journey that ends up with a punch line... 'what we were looking for wasn't there'. ha. love it.
Baez, whoa, what a character. Love thinking about where he is going.
What I don't like:
Narration might be hurting this more than I can say. Bad accents primarily. Steven Pacey is a good story teller, just not when he has 50 characters to juggle, his range is not that great.
Writing is not 1st class. Lots of extra wording. His story evokes George RR Martin. Martin has his faults (especially after he fired his agent around book 4). If you think about it, Martin gets a lot of action into his stories, but they are pretty quick scenes. Abercrombie focus' on long drawn out episodes of action. The only character to benefit here is 9 fingers. Frankly the action is the most tedious part of his stories.
I just finished the first law series. 3 books 71 hours. And my reaction was -- I need more! Hands down the best recommendation I have had. So glad my sister recommended it. Just excellent writing. I wish it had 10 volumes. Flawless delivery to a truly attention grabbing tale. I say this without any reservations -- it is a masterpiece.
A great adventure to an epic finale of a series. The narrator brings the characters to life and brings the adrenaline in the face of conflict. I only wish there was another book in this series of blood shed and survival.
The narrator is incredible! Minor spoiler alert. I can't stand a story with no transformation or redemption. I'm sick of good fantasy writers having no inkling of wisdom and so never having characters that do either. how can one plausibly live for 1,000 years and still have the maturity of an angsty teenager? bad ending.