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!
The gut wrenching feeling it left me with.
The narration was good, and continued to be so throughout this story.
Couldn't really cut any as they were all pretty much continued from the previous stories in the series.
If you got this far, you probably should finish it... But for me, not what I hoped for.
Not really, I didn't hate it, but I never fully connected with the characters and story. it's like watching a movie while also browsing the internet... this book and the whole series never really grabbed me, I found after the second book I was so vested I had to finish it out... but in the end, it's forgettable.
Probably not, a lot of hours of my life spent on this series that never panned out, so no.
performance was fantastic, especially Glokta
No, it's a done series
No, story didn't seem to reach a conclusion.
No, just Joe's work.
No, but Steven Pacey was awesome.