"the best stand alone novel yet!"
I loved this book and the surprises throughout and when the main reveal came it had me grinning from ear to ear! a brilliant listen and a must buy!
"My favourite character's back!"
Yay! Logen's back!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the First Law trilogy, and although Best Served Cold was equally good, I was a little disappointed by Heroes (just a personal taste thing, as I know other reviewers have raved about it) - but for me, Red Country was a return to the earlier style/ story, which I so enjoyed. Admittedly, I might be slightly biased because old Logen is back, and he's been my favourite character since the beginning, however there are some great new characters in this instalment too - most notably, Temple!
As always, Abercrombie's characters are well developed and all unique, and his story telling is gritty and engaging. A great bit of entertainment.
Steven Pacey's narration is, as usual, flawless.
If you're new to the series, treat yourself by starting at the beginning with the Blade (First Law Trilogy), and be entertained through all 6 books. It never gets "samey" - well worth each and every credit used on these books.
"Where should one start?"
like always joe you drag us Down to what ever country it is at the time and I must say you had me at the cowardly Northants, the feeling when you know something and your like "HAH! you cleaver bastard!" is so much worth it listening to your stories is an odyssey and hopeful lamb will turn up in the future don't read the summary just buy the book, it's well worth it, and Steven brings it allt together the whole shebang.
Like any sequal to a great series it has a special place in your heart for characters old and new and in the case of a good narrator the reader too. Unfortunately this story like all the books that came after it is a shadow of the original trilogy but still an enjoyable enough listen.
"My Favourite audio book experience so far."
This Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey combination, for me, is absolute audiobook heaven. I've now listened to all 6 of the full length First Law novels and they just get better and better.
the narration of this book is brilliant. Steven Pacey is as engaging and entertaining as always and Makes the characters-both male and female come to life. this is the 4th Abercrombie I have read and I have loved them all.. I think of them as a cross between a fist full of dollars and Ivan hoe directed by Tarentino! They are well written, funny, violent, descriptively graphic and sometimes shocking. There are twists and turns in the plot and things done to the main characters that are completely unexpected. His ability to take you inside someone's head and observe the developing plot from another perspective is genius. This is a book about greed and cruelty and war which shows how futile and unnecessary they all are. very sorry it is finished. Iain
Another excellent story, one of his best. Superbly read as always. Keep them coming can't get enough of this combo.
"Which bad person you like best"
Excellent series lot of bad guy's but who do you like best
Just loved it great characters well written and narrated
"A massive First Law fan fest"
This book left me literally crying for more.
I've read all three First Law books and all three First Law books and all three First Law world books and they never cease to amaze me.
I would absolutely love to see more and more of these but I think sadly there will not be...
Glokta is a squeal.
"Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he's a bloody good writer..."
Last book of the three additions to the first law trilogy sees a welcome return for some familiar faces, and a very emotional encounter to be found where it was expected the least.
This particular book proves he is master of not just grim dark, but master of getting you to love a despicable character, and also hate them to your very soul. Exquisite reading, go throw all your money at his work. Start with the first law.
Very well read by Stephen Pacy I might add, cementing character in inflection and tone.
I want more from the first law world and I want it now. Right now. That's not going to happen of course; you've got to be realistic about these things...