This book is supposed to take place about 8-10 years after the end of The First Law series. I liked that series a lot, and was hoping for more of the same.
This story dragged on and on. It had the makings of a good story, but it never got off the ground. I gave up after about 6 hours. Couldn't finish it.
First off Joe Abercrombie is one of my favorite authors, but I think he abandoned the personality he gave to Black Dowe. The book takes place after the death of the Bloody Nine, and starts with Black Dowe as king of the north. I had thought that Abercrombie had taken some time to introduce the Black Dowe character, while he traveled with the Bloody Nine. Black Dowe was in my mind was a soldier first because he loved to kill. He went from battle to battle with very little thought into the effort. He was not above starting fights with his traveling companions if he went to long between battles. He was the kind of man who encountered men that just wanted to fight with or against him. Black Dowe was a named man that earned his name. He was the man that struck fear into other men almost as much fear as the Bloody Nine himself. He often abandoned planned raids and just barreled in. The thought that he would build alliances, or follow battle plans seemed foreign to his personality. On top of all that he is now king and not killing very much. Black Dowe showed his bad temper a lot but it did not turn violent till the end of the book. His own officers were scared of him but Black Dowe did nothing to show why that was. Black Dowe had some how found a witch that joined his side. She kept showing up and leaving you with an ominus feeling, like something important would happen around her. Nothing ever happened with her except she showed up every now and again. The story left me wanting and I think it is Joe's worst effort yet.
The Heroes was almost up there with the First Law series...close. Had Steven Pacey been narrating, it may well have been right on pace. The writing is bit better than "Best Served Cold" although there is some repetition to it (J.A. reuses quite a few phrases and descriptions...almost formulaic in places). I did enjoy the change of pace and the implied movement of the overall story arc. You know there are twisted things coming...and it will be fun.
Can't wait until "Red" makes it to audio.
Please have Steven Pacey do it!
I enjoyed it. While i agree that Mr. Pacey is an astonishingly good narrator, I cannot fault Michael Page. Yes, the transition from Pacey to Page was a bit jarring, but i think the negative reviews based on that are unfair. The novel is a good read. Its a bit more superficial then the trilogy, but thats ok.
However, i would like to see Joe Abercrombie try his hand at a new project. I am satisfied with having the Heroes as the conclusion to this set of books, and think i might hesitate to buy another novel set in this particular world.
No, it was not well spent, I returned it. I loved the First Law series, and I have never complained about a narrator especially in a series of books because obviously one narrator will do it differently than you were used to. Mr. Page seemed unappreciative of the material he was reading and it seemed as if he was actually mocking the material. Maybe he did his best, maybe not, but I could not stand it. I returned the two I had bought narrated by him - one not listened to and only two hours into the other. I have no idea if the material in this book was as good as the First Law series, I could not fathom giving the narrator a minutes more leeway.
Not by this Narrator.
Absolutely not - not ever.
Ask for my money back.
The narrator was all wrong for this book. His is so far off from the first three books I had to stop listening. I ended up reading the book instead and it is entertaining. I just could not take the poor narration. As some other reviews have said, do your homework!
Unlike many of the people who have reviewed this, I really didn't have a problem with the narrator. It was the story itself, I found lacking. Loved the First Law series but this just doesn't live up to the storyline or character developement of the prior books. I didn't heed the warnings of other reviewers. Hope I can save someone out there a little time and cash.
What a yawner........story about a battle...big deal.
NO STORY!!!!! This author should be embarrassed
to have his name on this crap.
Great book. Bad on my ears. Love the series. Ill listen to all of them again. Buuuuuut I will read this one next time.
After this steeming pile?...... im not sure.
This Book was full of side characters from the "First Law" books that no one cared about or even liked and had no need to be made in to main ones...but yet they were. The storie jumps around back and forth to all these lame people trying to take a dam hill and hold it.
Worst of all NO Logan Nine Fingers ...oh sure they throw the name around to get you to keep enduring the bad storie but nope . I hate this book.
Micheal didnt even try and keeps the voices anywhere near the ones in the "First Law" books ..its like he didnt research the last books and went his own way...
Other then that he was ...ok.
This book pissed me off so bad , I want to beat Joe Abercrombie bloody with a hardbound copy of it.
Its like Joe gave up and spewed this crap out just to make a buck...