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.
I totally fell in love with this series. Joe Abercrombie is outrageously witty and cunningly brilliant. Steven Pacey, however, made these books come alive like no other narrator I have listened to before. His delivery and interpretation of Abercrombie's written word kept me laughing out loud half the time and on the edge of my seat the other half. Thank goodness I have a job where I can zone out and drink in every single word uttered with very little interruption. This last book in the series is every bit as delicious as the first two. I can only say that my tendency to get attached to characters colored my feelings when it came to rating the story.
A good book, but not a good ending to a series. I was quite upset at the ending, yet it was very realistic ending. I am happy more stand alone books have come out after the events of this book. The trilogy may be over but the story isn’t. Over all it was fun to read. I enjoyed the book and it’s characters. Some of my favorites don’t end up how I wanted, some of my least favorite also failed to end like I wanted.. I would recommend it to fantasy fans.
Short version: I wouldn't recommend it.
Warning, this review will contain spoilers.
I really love Abercrombie's writing style, and he is excellent at developing characters. Unfortunately, I'm left wondering if he dislikes his readers and wants to punish us. Apart for Glokta, I felt like all of the protagonists story lines are left in limbo, and it felt very unsatisfying. (I'm not asking for a happy ending. Just not to be left feeling so incomplete.) Who ends a trilogy with a cliffhanger?
I really want to know what happens next. Is Logen dead? If not, is The Bloody Nine gone forever? Will Bayaz ever get his comeuppance? Will Jezal ever manage to find happiness in his marriage? Is Ferro doomed to madness and death? What/who is left alive inside The Maker's House? But I don't know if I'm willing to take a risk with Abercrombie again to ever find out.
Say one thing about Logen Ninefingers, say his author left him hanging.