I love the characters and the narration is first class. This is a book that doesn't gloss over the darker corners. I like that. Every character is flawed and not the perfect person that so many books love to sell.
I was never a fan of the Magi and the history of this world Abercrombie built. That all was weak. If I brush that off (as he did...mostly in this book thank God), everything else is bloody awesome. The characters, the battles, the lies and the complete lack of good vs evil. I am excited to delve into some of his other series.
I love every fool in this tale, as despicable as they are. Abercrombie's ability to weave a story around so many vibrant characters will keep me reading his work no matter what genre he decides to dive into next.
Full of action, blood, bowels spilling its contents, love, sorrow, self sacrifice, and, finally, at the last page (or word masterfully read), the sentiment of sadness for its end.
Audiobooks are my workaround to the pesky laws forbidding reading while driving. And I'm pretty sure my dog likes them too.
This is a great follow-up to the First Law series. There is just enough familiarity with the characters to feel endeared to them from the start, and the grit and humor you have come to know, love, and pine for from Abercrombie are present in spades.
For the record, this is not a direct continuation of the First Law series. And I think anyone expect the depth of the First Law series (that came in 3 books!!) will be disappointed in this single installment. But reading this did make me go back and re-read the entire First Law trilogy because I realized how much I had missed Abercrombie's wit and raw narratives, and I just wasn't ready to stop listening to Steven Pacey after a single novel.
The characters are well-written, well-developed, and as entertaining as any Abercrombie has written. It's hard to say much more without spoiling the book ... I simply felt immersed in the story from the outset. I couldn't put the book down and found myself stealing away to listen to just a few minutes at every opportunity. It is action-packed, but the characters have heart and soul that drives the action powerfully.
Abercrombie didn't excite me with his new "Half" trilogy ... but this made up for it and has me yearning for his next "full-grown" novel once he's done with his foray into young adult fiction.
Abercrombie crushes it again. I love his writing style. He nails gritty complex characters.
If you read the First Law series (which I recommend you do), some old friends are back. I won't say who. Read First Law first if you haven't already.
He writes in a style very much like GRR Martin which is high praise. Characters are complex and conflicted. The choices are difficult and the results are frequently less than satisfying but oh so entertaining.
This book reminded me a lot of the Clint Eastwood movie, "Unforgiven" which, if you haven't seen it, is also fantastic.
I listen to lots of books. The reader was great. The story was crass with few redeeming qualities. I don't need to hear the "F" word every other sentence and who paints a picture of the world that is harsh and bleak. Didn't love it. Won't get more Joe A books.
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.
Another great book from Joe. I was worried this would be Best Served Cold version 2.0 ...it was not. Definitely recommend this book to those reading Joe's works.