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.
I loved this "trilogy" so much I was popping in my ear buds every time I had a spare 5 minutes by the time I got to the last book. The characters were well developed, the story was epic and the narration was top of the line.
In fact the narration was what made the book. I can't prove this, but I'm convinced that the narrator skipped a lot of "Said Logan", Gisele said", etc. because he was able to distinguish between the dozens of characters so well that the listener already knew who was speaking. Stephen Pacey is not so much a narrator as a story teller, I don't think a whole acting troupe each with their own specialties could have done a better job.
As to the end of the trilogy I'd have to say it was a lot more realistic than I expected, if that makes sense. It wasn't a Hollywood ending, I'll just say that.
Some people have been complaining about the ending not really being an "ending", and I don't know after reading it who could possibly deny that. The core story of the trilogy is told, but it definitely moves right into the next book (practically mid sentence). However I have to say that as far as this story goes I am satisfied and don't necessarily feel like I need to listen to the next book to get the "whole story". I think it's more of an unrelated story with the same characters.
I was a bit unsure of this series when I first started it. I am not a huge fan of political intrigue and plots within plots. However, as the first book came to an end, I was hooked. The second book was wonderful and right up until the end the third was as well.
Then alas disaster. It seems as if Mr. Abercrombie had a pressing appointment the day he finished this book. Everything was coming together and the story was winding down when all of a sudden it was over. I can expect that from a second book or even a first in a series, but when you have invested this much time into enjoying an author and his story to have it end floating in the midst of nowhere is a bit of a let down.
Steven Pacey spoiled me with a masterful performance. Every other audio book does not come close to how well done this one was. Oh, I think I should probably mention that this was a "hot action" and exciting book that was very enjoyable. My favorite book of the series.
The book is a true work of art. Skiping through the lives of the character's makes you either love or hate them. The whole series has been fun, the wars, the simple politics and the un-expected turns/plot twists make the books fun and easy. give it a go if you are looking for big battles, hasty love afairs, huge wars, and a conquest like attitude as you read through.
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The ending made a sort of circle. Not every story gets tied up neatly with resolution of the loose ends. The conclusion worked well. But was unexpected. At first, I was highly frustrated, but I've come to see the logic.To say more will give too much away.
The book held me until the end.
Listen up, people -- this trilogy ain't no fairy tale. Don't be expecting any neat and tidy fairy tale endings.
I am in awe of this entire trilogy. I don't go looking for blood-and-guts books, but I will definitely be reading any Abercrombie stories I can lay hands on. The end is upsetting, annoying, and leaves you dying to know more -- and it's completely consistent in tone and spirit with the rest of the trilogy. Many readers might have been happier with something more conventional, but they are missing the point. These books aren't about neat and tidy characters, nor about neat and tidy lives. These are messy, complex, sometimes tragic stories that don't have those simple endings that we find so reassuring.
If you're looking for engrossing, exciting, and thoughtful writing, the First Law trilogy is a great way to spend some time. If you want sunshine and rainbows and fuzzy puppies, look somewhere else.
Many thanks to Joe and Steven for another work of art! I loved the first two, rushed into the third and it was everything one could have hoped for and more. Thanks, the narration by Steven made this series and brought the characters to life in a way like no other could, unsurpassible, and provided a required continuity between these great works. BUT WHERE ARE Glokta, Bayaz, Logen Ninefingers NOW??? They are gone!!!!!!!! I'm am sorely, SORELY DISSAPOINTED to see the next book in the series "The Heroes" does not have the same continuity. The author creates the work but it is, as EVERYONE on AUDIBLE KNOWS the NARRATOR who breaths THE BOOK INTO LIFE! Michael Page may be a good narrator but he is anything but, not even a shimmering resemblance of the master Steven Pacey. I almost just hit PURCHASE without checking, but having checked that Steven was out, REMOVED from my CART. .........................4th Book Not The Same - What a disappointment!!!
I love fantasy books, but of late the genre has grown stale as it's flooded with books and series that follow the same "hero from humble beginnings overcomes the horribly impossible" formula. I'm so glad that I gave this series a chance after putting it off for so long. It's Filled with flawed protagonist, who you find yourself loving one second only to have them do something that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth a couple pages later. Abercrombie does a great job of portraying characters trying to make the best of a situation that is far too great for them to make any real impact on. Can't recommend it enough.
This trilogy was the most enjoyable fantasy trilogy, in recent memory, that i have read. Great mix of realism, politics, magic, and real people. The most flawed and ruthless characters are rewarded, and the most kind hearted characters are trounced on without exception. Very refreshing read if you are bored of the same old fantasy story.