Abercrombie's writing never disappoints, but it's as sharp as ever. The story is exciting, moving, dark, funny, and probably some other things as well. The narration is first-rate. Pacey brought the characters to life perfectly. I would strongly recommend this to any fan of Abercrombie, or fantasy, or books, or life.
Towards the end the original series and especially "Hero's" I was starting to worry a bit about Mr. Abercrombie. I've been disappointed by many of my favorite authors as of late, but this was a refreshing shot of good old story telling. Thx Joe.
love audio books - Anglophile
I took a chance and tried to download again and this time it worked. I have now downloaded all three parts: Part 1 6:44:50, Part 2 6:31:14, Part 3 6:49:01. I got tired of waiting and started reading it on my Kindle. I like the audios better - especially having Steven Pacey as the narrator. He read the first three books in the First Law series (The Blade Itself, Before They are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings).
The characters we're not particularly likeable, furthermore there were very few characters from previous installments. as a person who's read all the books in the first and second series this one seemed completely unrelated and and gave very little of the overarching storyline that the other ones had started.
Joe Abercrombie is a master of the genre. And, I've thoroughly enjoyed this whole series. Steven Pacey is, as usual, superb. This work and series,, in my view, is fantasy writing at its very best. I've praised other books in this series as well as the writer and the reader. This book is just as well written and read as the others. I think it would probably benefit the reader who has never read Joe Abercrombie, before,to begin with "The Blade, Itself".
I would love to see this series go on for a long while.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
If you've followed the various series of these books, and "Wanted More", this is a VERY good story to pull together many of the loose ends from previous books, while also being a Stand-Alone book quite nicely... This book answers several unanswered questions from the previous books in the Series of this Universe, while telling a new and raw story all it's own.
If you put a lot of stock in the traditional values of Honor, Loyalty, Duty, Morales, etc, then you're in for a rude awakening ;) I found myself several times thinking "HOW could you POSSIBLY expect there to be 'another side' to what happened???", and then you are given the other side, and think "Well, yeah, I guess that makes sense too".. It's a bloody, emotional, backstabbing, War-Raging, ride!!! I don't normally give out 5 Stars, but I HAD to on this book!
Joe Abercrobie is just so gritty and realistic you can't help but become invested in his characters. Yet despite that gritty realism I find myself laughing out loud all the time. Easily one of the best authors around right now, right alongside Sanderson, Rothfuss, and Martin.
This is my first entry into the first law universe, and I was very pleased.
Abercrombie and Pacey make an amazing duo. What is an extremely entertaining and brilliant story is only enhanced with great narration. I can only say good things about the epic story, the interesting characters, and the world I can't wait to hear more about. I am just so very glad that the First Law trilogy is also narrated by Mr. Pacey! If you are interested but still on the fence, listen to this book.
As in his other books, Abercrombie gives you a story that really draws you in. It's great to see strong female characters that knows how to hold their own .