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.
Great series. Dark humor and the plot develops as it would in life....the best outcome seldom happens. To all those complaining about the ending........you've got to be realistic about these things.
This series is one of the best I have read or listened to. I'm disappointed that this is the last one! The story is amazing and the characters are so engaging. A great and epic tale that made my commute much more enjoyable.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
Yes. The story is well written and exciting
I loved the ending
This isn't an emotional series. Lots of places made me laugh though
I was shocked to enjoy this series so much it isn't my usual forte‘
I bought the First Law trilogy audiobooks because Steven Pacey is the narrator. I've been listening to Pacey for years and I'm pretty much up to date and can't wait for more.(Thank you Steven for introducing me to so many wonderful writers). As usual, Pacey's variety of voices and pacing of the storyline is immaculate and largely inimitable. I especially loved Glokta's lithp which you probably won't have got from the print version. As for the writing, I found the characters extremely vivid, the action believable and the pace neckbreaking. Everything you'd want in a fantasy series, until the last book where Abercrombie pretty much destroys all the main characters exposing ugly flaws in their personalities which leaves you reeling and what-the-f-ing because you'd invested yourself entirely in them... I guess you have to be realistic about these things. I found the last few chapters of this book particularly heartbreaking when I looked at the time left on the audiobook I got the sinking feeling that there was no way the author could tie up all the loose ends (unless the world exploded or got overrun by demons or something). The ending was the worst. Say one thing for Abercrombie, say he's a tease. I have since reviewed my feelings about First Law and realized that I can't be this pissed off without having first loved the books. Nuff sed. Thanks Joe.
I am new to Audio books and I happened to stumble on this trilogy as my first audio book. I couldn't stop listening. Steven Pacey did such a good job I started to know the characters by the voices which drew me into the storyline. I wish this story line is longer than just a trilogy.
Rev. D. B. Johnson, MDiv.
I suppose it is too much ask of this genre, but alas I am left empty at the end of what is masterful and spectacular writing. No good guys or happy endings here.