Without writing a novel (pun intended) this is another great entry into the First Law universe. Joe Abercrombie is consistent in his quality of writing and Steven Pacey remains my favorite narrator to date. The only reason I didn't give it 5 is because nothing can top the First Law trilogy.
Great, complex characters. Thoughtful writing. Great insights into human nature and life. Also: brutal. And occasionally funny. I never write reviews, but Joe Abercrombie speaks to my inner barbarian.
The limitless wealth of stories that are contained within Abercrombie's world continues to shine. Characters I thought I knew and loved turned out to be a true bastard I detested.
I did feel that Abercrombie pulled a few punches when it came to Lamb, opting to show other points of view and not get down a dirty but I guess I have to be realistic. A little did go along way.
Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
Joe Abercrombie brings the fantasy alive. I was amazed throughout the series with how well the character and story development is. He also does an excellent job with the transition between various character's stories/experiences, which keeps the story from slowing down and enhances the reading experience. These transitions are unique in that they are not confined to each book, but rather intertwine throughout the series.
The author shows respect to his readers with the beginning of each book by not wasting the first few chapters recapping the previous book I just finished! With each book I found myself making more and more time for listening to the story, as well as sacrificing sleep as I could not stop listening.
Even though each book is written with such quality that they can be read independently I highly recommend reading the books in order. By following the series it will allow the reader to fully enjoy the many nuances of each book and escape deeper into story and world of fantasy. Here is the chronologic order:
The Blade Itself - 2006
Before They Are Hanged - 2007
Last Argument of Kings - 2008
Best Served Cold - 2009
The Heroes - 2011
Red Country - 2012
All the books in this series earned 5 stars in all categories from me and is the first series other than Lord of the Rings that I have read more than once and found it to be even better than the first read.
An omnivorous fiction reader, I'm totally flummoxed by folks who " don't have time" to read for the helluva it. Prescription? Audible!
I've enormously enjoyed my last three weeks of binge-listening to Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, Best Served Cold and Red Country (in that order) and deem it time well-spent. Abercrombie's characters are satisfyingly complex and multi-dimensional. Even the villains, bit players and walk-ons are presented with convincing and, in many cases, entertaining back-stories. Every bit of dialog snaps and nudges the action - of which there's no scarcity - along at a good clip, frequently with dry and wry insights and humor. Narrators Steven Pacey and Michael Page are masters - both are subtle, nuanced and enormously talented voice actors who consistently present the books' multiple characters with fidelity and empathy. I discovered Abercrombie through a listener review of which I was enormously skeptical. As a fairly critical listener/reader, I'm almost embarrassed to file a similarly gushing review. However, I'd recommend Abercrombie even to those listeners who generally thumb their noses at works relegated to the "fantasy" genre. Abercrombie's Audible selections are lively, entertaining, well-plotted, thought-provoking - and well worth a serious binge.
In your face.
I always love revenge and even though it's already been served cold, there is still killing to be done!
Steven Pacey does a wonderful job. Love his pacing and voicing!
When Shy South wonders who Lamb really is....
Don't read my review, buy the audiobook!
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
This guy is a great writer and I enjoyed this one so much. I have read all of his First Law books and this one is a must read. And the narrator was awesome as well. One thing I liked was it was a stand alone book with my favorite character from his books. Bloody Ninefingers.
Have you read the first law series? If you havent, please do yourself a favor and get those 3 books ASAP. Get through those before this as it would make this one much much more entertaining.
Not to say this book as a stand alone project doesnt entertain, as it is a good deal better than many fantasy fiction works out there.
I loved everything about the book as it continues in teh same veing and language and writing style I have come to like from Joe.
I would have liked is to find out what became of some of the other characters from the other 3 books that I have come to enjoy. Glokta, Jazeal, even Byaz, I would have loved to get a glimpse of what becameo fthese characters.
I also sorely missed the dark humor styliings of Glokta quite abit as he had me rolling with laughter.
This book is a wonderfull addition to the Abercrombie work list. If you havent got it, get it. Its is that good.