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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.
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. Thanks, the narration by Steven made this series and brought the characters to life and provided a required continuity between these great works.
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.
I read this trilogy a few years ago when it first came out (going so far as to purchase the final book from England because I just couldn't wait). When I saw that this had been put on Audible I held off listening for awhile, but finally I decided to give it a try and it did not disappoint. Steven Pacey does a masterful job bringing Abercrombie's world to life and considering how detailed, gritty and messy that world is this is no mean feat. Pacey's narration captures the dark humor of Abercrombie's observations, the quick, brutal, often surprising pacing of his battle scenes and lends another dimension to already incredibly vivid characters. If you like your fantasy more than a little dark, your humor on the black side and your morality uneasy at best, Abercrombie's world is a place you want to visit and Pacey is a fine guide.
Now the ending. There have been a lot of comments on here about it, how it's abrupt and how it just ends. This is one of those rare times, where I think I might blame the narrator and/or the format in the slightest. Yes the ending feels abrupt on audio, but in written format it doesn't at all. You can feel the book decrease in your hands you know you're getting to the end, and something about that helps you to understand how very, very deliberate Abercrombie's ending is. There's a thematic line in this trilogy about the patterns men fall into, about how when aspirations run head long into the reality of choice sometimes the winner isn't pretty, and as a consequence there's a circularity to how the trilogy ends for all the character versus how it begins. In other words I think the ending works on the written page very well, but something about the audio format about the narrative pacing makes it feel more abrupt and consequently a little less satisfying. So when it does end, please take a breath, take a step back and go back and listen to the last two chapters again. It will make sense.
The three books are very well written. The story brings in lots of the standard fantasy elements, the dashing fighter, the unpredictable barbarian, the troubling wizard, the epic journey to uncover the mysterious artefact, and turns them on their head! The narration is wonderful, a true performance. It was often hard to believe that some of the voices were really the same person. Great direction. Some have voiced disappointment at a certain lack of closure but I found the finale well written and, though somewhat open ended, thoroughly enjoyable.
Abercrombie does an excellent job of weaving at least 4 stories together, plus some minor characters. The book starts slow, I was wondering what the connections were but he slowly brings them all together. I would not recommend the book if you listen aloud with minors. Very coarse language, graphic torture, brutality, and some sexual content. At times I got tired of listening to the characters whine, but overall a very descriptive picture was created that actually has you rooting for the torturer. I give 5 stars to the narrator.
The trilogy really stands out maybe because of the superb narration but the lack of closure in absolutely all story lines leaves you disappointed. The ending of the completely trilogy is like those third-class horror movies where right before the closing titles the guy who you spent all the movie seen killed over and over again, magically resurrects. Most likely I will be listening more to Steven Pacey, but I don't think I will read nor recommend Joe Abercrombie to anybody.
Everything was great story, characters, writing, narration. However it didn't end left me slightly miffed. Maybe he can finish his story one day.
Rare to find such a master of the writing craft. Great narrator, amazing author. Makes you wonder why we like heroes in our stories when its so much more entertaining to have protagonists like these. More please!