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).
Superb modern fantasy. This novel is a successor to Joe Abercrombie's earlier work 'The First Law' trilogy - which is also available as an audiobook and also narrated by Steven Pacey.
If you haven't read or listened to that trilogy, I highly recommend beginning there. I have a separate review for the trilogy that goes into detail on its virtues.
If you have read the trilogy, then you'll be familiar with the capabilities of Abercrombie as an exceptional writer, and Pacey as an exceptional narrator. This novel is the pair at their best once again....and more time in the company of Logen Ninefingers, The Bloody-Nine!
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 .
Let me dive right into this review in much the same way that I did with this book, head first and fully aware of what I was getting into. I am not new to the world that Abercrombie has built, and I was pleased to find it left much the same way it had been before in previous books. However, Abercrombie has begun to do something rare in most fantasy series. His world is progressing technologically and he has placed new characters with some of the beloved cast from previous books.
If you have never delved into this world be forewarned, there will be blood, gore, violence, and strong language. The characters that Abercrombie has created are realistic with their own selfish values and desires. Abercrombie has the ability to give his characters shocking realistic personality. If you have loved his characters in past books, you will find these to be just as detailed and enjoyable. Maybe your new to this world, it might be best to start with the First Law Trilogy to become more aquainted with the harsh, cruel world that Abercombrie weaves with characters that are extremely complex.
In closing, this listen was great. I laughed, cringed, and delighted at this tale told with a western style blending with Abercrombie's harsh approach to fantasy. If you are looking for a fantasy novel or just a novel that walks the razor's edge of reality, you can look no further. Red Country delivers and then delivers a great tale, again and again. I would be remiss in mentioning that this book sees the return of one the great narrators on Audible, Steven Pacey. I would spend my credit based upon his wonderful narration alone.
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
Think you know Joe Abercrombie? While this book is another excellent read from an extremely talented writer, it certainly pushes the bounds of his earlier books. It has that comfortable blue jeans feel, but I could definitely feel the writer pushing out of his own comfort zone and expanding his expertise beyond war and gore. Yes, there is plenty of action, but this book goes farther afield into human interaction. I'm purposely being vague :)
You could easily read this book without having read any of his others, but if you've read the others, you will have a far deeper appreciation for the... restraint on display here. The character array is nothing short of brilliant (as usual) and the narration is beyond brilliant (also as usual)!
No big shocks, just a lot of great character development and storytelling, which is just all right with me. This means our story can continue it's bloody march forward without getting all goofy because the author overreached (as often happens in many series). When your writing is this good, you can just let the story unfold without cataclysmic end-of-the-world uber drama and leave (at least many) of your characters alive to fight another day.
So, I say bring it on Mr. Abercrombie! Stretch it on out there a bit from time to time, just retain the elements that keep those pages turning and we'll be here eagerly awaiting to immerse ourselves in your imperfect world.