Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous, and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces.
In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta. The city is braced for the inevitable defeat and massacre to come... but a plot is festering to hand the city to its besiegers without a fight, and the previous Inquisitor of Dagoska vanished without trace. Threatened from within and without the city, Glokta needs answers, and he needs them soon.
And to the east, a small band of malefactors travel to the edge of the world to reclaim a device from history - a Seed, hidden for generations - with tremendous destructive potential. A device which could put a end to war, to the army of Eaters in the South, to the invasion of Shanka from the North - but only if it can be found, and only if its power can be controlled.
©2007 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited
yes great story interesting compelling story
game of thrones
listening is a great time saver I would rather read and let my imagination create scenes but Steven does a marvelous job of painting a great story with his wonderful style
no but a great listen
give it a go if your a fantasy fan
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
HONOR, WHAT GOOD IS IT?
YOU CAN'T DRINK IT.
YOU CAN'T F IT.
This is life as seen through the common man. It is a harsh life, which is reflected in the language, attitude and wisdom of our main characters. This is also a life where one day you may be the handsome hero and the next the ugly monster. The characters are well developed, interesting and complicated. Each day I listened to find out what was gong to happen to these characters I had become so invested in. JA is not as harsh as George R.R. Martin, but you can not always be assured your favorite characters are not going to come to some harm or be killed.
DOING BETTER, THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS.
This is a five star book, but I must admit that it is not as good as book 1. Unlike others, I felt the story in this one went a little long and that it was not that much of a story. If I good give six stars, I would give book one six and this book five. I also believe that it don't matter which book you read first. Like most trilogies this book is meant to keep your interest just long enough for you to want to buy the third book, and it worked.
AS FOR BEING A GOOD MAN, THAT SHIP SAILED LONG AGO AND I WAS NOT EVEN THERE TO SEE IT OFF.
The first law series is an instant classic. GRR Martin fans are going to love it. The Performance is also top notch. The best of lists for the sff genre will put this series near the top. I am enjoying another Joe Abercrombie novel "Red Country".
I don't know where we're headed, but I'm LOVING how we're getting there! Joe Abercrombie does it again with the sequel to The Blade Itself. Another darker, grittier epic fantasy where the usual tropes and memes are turned on their heads, giving the same old chills and thrills we love of our usual epic fantasy, but with a more ominous and surprising edge. There are no pristine archetypes here, but rather a collection of flawed and fallible men and women struggling to do their . . . best . . . ? . . . worst? . . . well, definitely struggling, anyway. And as the story progresses you learn, organically and without chapters' worth of clumsy exposition, that some, if not all, of these characters aren't quite what they appear to be . . .
Can't wait to finish The Last Argument of Kings, which I downloaded directly the MINUTE I finished this book.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
The most interesting aspects are two in my opinion. The characterizations are wonderful with believable characters that the listener can identify with; few characters are totally evil stereotypes and none are saints. The political plots and machinations are equally interesting and often applicable to real life. The least interesting aspect to me are the battles. There are many more battle scenes in the second book than in the first and had I been reading this book, I might have put it down or skimmed large sections. However, it is hard to fast forward through Steven Pacey - he is an amazing reader even for parts of the book I didn't like.
I don't know if I would have read past the first book in this series - it isn't really my genre of choice. But I LOVE listening to Steven Pacey. He really brings the book and the characters to life.
I don't know why the First Law series was written as a series - should have just been a big book. Neither the first nor second book stands alone. If you are going to be forced to buy all three to get a complete story, calling it a series is sort of cheating.
"Brilliant continuation of The Blade Itself"
I discovered Joe Abercrombie from reading reviews on Audible and was glad I did. I wanted something fresh to read and not derivative of other authors. I found this here.
I did everything I could to find time to continue listening to this book. I offered to do the shopping, gardening and even pretended to go to bed early so could slip in the ear phones and lose myself in the characters and the world.
The book is not without faults - the expedition to edge of the world seems a pointless, if engaging, ramble - but they are few and greatly offset by the story and narration.
I would recommend this series to anyone interested in fantasy.
"Say one thing for Abercrombie: say he should write"
This book starts out as strong as the rest of the series and keeps the action flowing throughout. There is an over-arching feeling of frustration in this book and it really adds to the atmospheres created in the first two instalments. I think I enjoyed the book, though I can't shake the feeling of unease while reading it. Masterfully done yet again.
"Dark and Edgy..."
Dark violent gritty - absolutely wonderful, gripped from beginning to end in this second in the fantasy series, I laughed, cringed, booed, gasped and cheered. My favourite character has to be Glockta, his dry sarcastic inner monologue entertained and I love the knife edge political machinations he had to hobble through. All the main characters leap off the page and are easily distinguishable, off to go straight onto the next one.. Bravo even better than the first hence the five stars...
"A good middle book to a well written trilogy."
Joe Abercrombie's "The First Law" trilogy is really growing on me (I have not read the 3rd book yet).
The second book in the series picks up where the first left off, upping the tempo on our journey of intrigue and danger, developing the main characters further and thrusting them deeper into the vortex of events which will leave the world around them forever changed.
The book has elements of surprise, and its only when you reach the end the that thing do not quite turn out as you expected.
The description of the war is realistic and portrayed in all it's horror. Let's be honest, war is ugly and this is where the author shows his great story writing skills.
Steven Pacey's narration is one of the best. He is soft, he is scared, he is dangerous, he is a man of many distinctive voices.
I would recommend this book to any fantasy fan.
"Travels, battles and politics."
What more could you ask for really, a very well written, entertaining book that never got bogged down and moved swiftly. Though after reading the stormlight archive and ASOIAF I found my self wanting more detail and depth suppose that is the difference between a story and an epic. Still enjoyable though and still worth the reading.
the story was excellent the narrator was fantastic and I can't wait to listen to the next part.
"Even better than The Blade Itself"
So loved this book. The characters are developed with a strong promise for all the following books. Very highly recommended.
The narrator is one of those rare people who is able to tell the story, rather than read it. The many voices and subtleties of each character are delivered faultlessly. Even good enough for me to nearly forgive the strange pronunciation of grimace. That's unless I've said it all wrong all my life. A bit like another reader who insisted that buttocks should sound like someone had made a timepiece out of butts..
But... if that's the only thing that I can call a negative out of so many hours of faultless narrative and narration then thus must be a triumph.
Read it, or listen, if you are prepared to put yourself into its power for some considerable time. Not to mention the satisfying number of books on the series. I'm hooked!
As good as the first book, book 2 continues the excellent story telling with memorable characters and moments, and the narration by Steven Pacey is again a joy to listen to.
"Outstandingly Narrated Story"
I would. Hugely entertaining, rollercoaster of a story, Very dark with comedic episodes that light the darkest moments. Made me laugh out loud many times.
GOT - loosely
I haven't listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances. He is outstanding in this trilogy. I'll be sure to check out his other performances now though............
pffttt...........How should I know. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD / CONFESSIONS OF A TORTURER AND OTHER TALES / BATTLE OF THE FLESH EATERS / 100 WAYS TO KILL FOR DUMMIES......................
Download this Trilogy, you wont be disappointed. Highly addictive, compulsive listening. Brilliantly drawn characters. Brilliantly narrated.
"Fantasy books are great!"
Never listened to fantasy stuff, have read Lord of the rings etc but this is incredible! Gripping, great story and awesome story.
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