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.
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.
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?
Going with the flow while we speed through the universe on a massive rock!
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.