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.
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.
All about that Mil-fy Sci-fi
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.