In writing this review, I'm assuming that 99% of the readers will have read the first books (The Blade Itself, etc.) with Logan Nine Fingers as one of the main characters. Suffice to say, it was great having him back. Even better was the return of Steven Pacey as narrator. The Abercrombie-Pacey alliance makes for an exceptional experience.
This book is a great follow on to the early stories, but can stand alone on if the reader has no background of the characters. Indeed, many characters are new. Although not as epic in scale as the first three books, the story has a simple entertaining plot that moves along nicely. Be warned, however, that this book tends to the darker side, as do most of the books in this series. Joe Abercrombie’s characters are neither good nor evil, which can make for some interesting sub-plots.
Overall, highly recommended, but you should start with the first 3 books in the series to get the best appreciation of this one.
This is as good as the First Law Trilogy. I found myself sitting in the car to just listen to a few more minutes and was disappointed that it had to end. It's a great story filled with vibrant characters. Next to Lamb I really enjoyed the appearance of Nicola Cosca. Dark, gritty and pretty much not a single "good" guy among the characters, I love this book and the world Abercrombie creates. Steven Pacey is the perfect narrator for these stories. I can't wait for another one.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
Everytime I read Joe Abercrombie I am surprised at how much I enjoy his books. If that seems a strange statement then understand that I am not usually a fan of this type of storytelling.
The characters are real not overblown like most in this genre.
I found myself laughing and wanting to remember quotes from the characters.
The action and interaction in this book never left me bored or allowed my mind to wander.
You will be surprised at how many characters you recognize if you read his other books and if you are a new reader you won't be lost but references will drive you to pick up his other books.
I will be looking forward to see what Joe Abercrombie comes up with next.
Just refund the book back to a credit and then buy the book with that credit again. you may need to log out and log back in for your android/iphone audible app but this will allow you download the audiobook without issue.
First, as other reviewers have said, this is a fantastic story. If you like the work by authors such as Sullivan, Brett, Lynch, or Rothfuss, you should like this one. It is a stand-alone story but I think it is best appreciated if you first read the 1st Law trilogy.
Abercrombie is an extremely gifted writer. He is particularly skilled at conveying the brutal, mean, filthy, unjust, and sometimes horrific nature of the world he creates and people that inhabit it. While listening to his writing I constantly marvel at the prose and his ability to turn a phrase.
And the narration by Pacey is a perfect fit. Perfect. He brings to life the gritty world Abercrombie develops in a way that enhances an already great story.
I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.
Authors like Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin write the kind of books that force you to keep reading, while the ups and downs of morally complex and interesting characters slowly leach away your faith in humanity.
While not every character in his books dies or necessarily comes to a bad end, Joe Abercrombie knows that his characters exist in a world without the ease and comfort we see in our own world. His characters exist in a world where redemption is not the end of every story and hope, love, and faith are not the answers to all of life's problems.
If Mr. Abercrombie wrote "Winnie the Pooh" Christopher Robin would be an orphan seeking revenge for the burning of the 100 Acre Wood, only to discover once he had his revenge he has become worse than the men he killed, blood would soak his hands and drench his dreams, and we would love him.
I liked Joes First Law books and this one was decent but once I was firmly into the story I lost interest. It became apparent that this was a try to stretch the low fantasy genera towards a western theme, with a new frontier, restless natives, caravans of settlers, wide open spaces and various dastardly villains and somewhat dastardly heroes.
But there was still something kind of British about the approach to this very traditionally American genera that I suppose was origonal but made it seem like it was written by someone who had read about or heard second hand about the American west but not been there.
Maybe I am just not interested in westerns but this did not hold my attention though it was somewhat memorable.
Awesomely gruesomely fantastic
Lamb. Can't say why without spoiling it for others, but I can't wait to see/hear more about Lamb!
Pacey is amazing. These stories were designed for him to read. He captures all the characters so well! His interpretation of Cosca is fantastic, but so is Lamb and Shy and Temple and everyone else
This book made me cringe and wince and shudder and crave for more. I laughed, I was sorrowful, I was disgusted and I was hopeful. I was compelled to keep listening. Love this book!
When is there going to be more?
I will tell someone I read a book eventhough all I did was listen to it on Audible. What do you say?
Even if you haven't read The First Law trilogy or either the Heroes or Best Served Cold you can fully enjoy this one. Would it help to have the back story? Sure, but it is not a deal breaker.
Steven Pacey is one of my favorite Narrators and he comes through again with a stellar performance. If you are a fan of Pacey and Abercrombie's previous work then you won't be disappointed with this one.
One of the things I love about Joe Abercrombie's books is how real they feel. The detail when describing battles and the ruthlessness of the characters actions makes for deep and layered story and character arcs.
This very well be my favorite of Joe Abercrombie's books. I recommend this book if you like gritty, brutal, and bloody battles with love and good intentions mixed in.
Still trying to figure out how George R.R. Martin gets so much more publicity than Joe Abercrombie. I loved this book from beginning to end. Like many have said, it's a western set in a fantasy world. Shy South is the main character. A woman who takes on an impossible journey to recover her kidnapped brother and sister. However, Lamb is the character that will draw your attention. This book never gives his real name, but if you read the First Law Trilogy (and I most definitely recommend that you do), you'll recognize him right off. Great story.
Steven's voices are terrific. He read the all of the books in the First Law trilogy, and when I heard Lamb speak, I knew right off who he was. That realization was like running into an old friend. I don't think it would be as powerful in print alone.
The negotiations with the "Ghosts" and Lamb's reaction was terrific.