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
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
If you are debating continuing with this series, keep going. I loved it. It only gets better.
The characters, who while they first seem like fantasy cliches, are fully developed and have their own motives and intentions.
The scope of the series spans continents and kingdoms, yet focuses on a small group within to flesh out the story.
Glokta! To get the reader to cheer for such a seemingly despicable character requires a deft talent, and Abercrombie pulls it off. Pacey's characterization of Glokta was painfully creepy.
This is the hard stuff, and I like it. Abercrombie gets how life in such a time/place would be and doesn't flinch to express it.
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
Probably the upper third.
The fencing match with Jazelle and actually the way Logan Nine Fingers tries to get the group to bond.
This guy is epic. Without this sort of performance, I am not sure I would have stuck with it.
At times during certain segments I would find myself lingering in the vehicle before getting out to do what I should do. Parts of this are very captivating.
I thought this book was a bit better than the first although it could be that I am finally fully immersed into the story and characters. It's funny, for as long as these audios are, it does not seem like a lot is really accomplished in each story. Rather, it is one story broken down into a lot of detail. Sometimes this gets too tedious and bogs things down but I don't feel that is occurring here. Enjoyable listen overall but I feel this is not going to have the good ending for certain characters I was hoping for.
Once again, I was bowled over by the second book in the "First Law" trilogy.
There is a bit more action in this one compared to "The Blade Itself", which was nice because I felt that the first book dragged on a bit in plot. In fact, were it not for Mr. Abercrombie's superb characterization and Mr. Pacey's phenomenal narration, I would have probably stopped listening from lack of plot.
That being said, the excellent characterization and narration is back, plus we get A LOT more action. There are some really great battle scenes and the characters are taken back through the wringer again. Some worse than others.
That being said, I still am not sure what is happening with the plot. There is so much going on at a micro level that I am not seeing the BIG picture. I've yet to see how all the dots connect and I am beginning to think that they may never really connect in a way I am used to in fantasy.
Which I am OKAY with. The novel is so well written and so well narrated that I can stand there to be not much of a plot or for there to be little plot resolution. I would like to see some questions answered in the third novel, but if they are not, I'll live. Joe Abercrombie has a keen understanding of humanity (if a somewhat dark view of it) and I am content to luxuriate in the world he has created even if it means we don't really go anywhere.
The story is woven in an impeccable world without fault. There are few problems with believability, the magic is raw & powerful and the characters are fallible people just trying to stay alive.
I love where the story is going, how the character Glokta grows into him self and how utterly ruthless he can be.
Steven has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life. His British accent lends itself to many dialects and he weaves believable pictures which allows me to immerse myself into the story. He has a lovely way of building the tension which had me almost jump into a bush from fright during a particular piece whilst I was running...
I have to admit that I didn't as I have read the series before so unfortunately I did not have any surprises waiting for me.
I can hardly rate this series highly enough. If you are almost spending a credit on this do it now...but only if you can handle hard core action fantasy. If you are into unicorns you should possibly try a different title.
"An EXCELLENT trilogy, BRILLIANTLY narrated"
An excellent audiobook brilliantly narrated.
This is the second book in Joe Abercrombie's 'First Law' trilogy and it is important to read/listen to the books in order to get the most out of them.
The book picks up more or less when part 1 ended. There are now three distinct story lines involving Glokta, Major West and the Byas expedition and they are pretty much separate throughout. There is also a lot more action. But the main strengths of the first book continue: well written, excellent characters and plots and a tour de force of narration by Stephen Pacey, who brings the book brilliantly to life. Stunning is the only word to describe his performance.
A five star listen - I'm already onto to part 3!
"An excellent sequel."
This book continues the brilliant form of the first. There are some new characters introduced but mainly it continues the stories of the diverse and varied cast from the first book. It is bloodier than the first, with more battles and action, but retains the intelligence and humour of the first. A remarkable series of books so far, made all the more enjoyable by the narrator. An excellent effort all round!
"These books are the reason I need more credits !!!"
This second part of the trilogy is not the "mark time till the finale" filler usually found in fantasy trilogies. The characters are solid and the story makes turning off your mp3 player very hard.
"How to apply dark comedy to a gritty fantasy"
Joe Abercombie continues on top form with his second installment.
Story – 4.5/5
I did feel like a lot of the story was unnecessary to the overall aim, but what it did help to do was develop the characters, and this was clearly Joe Abercrombie’s intention, as he has set it up for one hell of a ride in the conclusion to the trilogy (which I have already read)
Each of the characters becomes even more likeable, and the dark comedy becomes even funnier as you learn more and the story develops. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect, and I found I couldn’t turn the audio book off.
This story has more action and violence than the first, concentrating on both the battles themselves as well as the politics behind them.
Performance – 5/5
Steven Pacey is one of the best narrators out there. His character acting was flawless, each having a distinctive and believable voice. His narration enhanced the dark comedy and whit of Joe Abercrombie’s writing
Music/sound effects between scenes/chapters was a nice touch as well
Overall – 4.5/5
"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...
Gripping to the end - fantastic stuff! Brilliant story and brilliant narrator. I usually only listen to Audible stories while driving (on my sat nav) but this one was so good I took the sat nav out of the car and listened to it straight through.
"a very good listen!"
After listening to the first book I bought this one (being the second book) it too was not a mistake. I thouroughly enjoyed it adn found it if not as good as the first book then better! once again it was well read by Stephen Pacey with all the emotion and grit of the first book. This is definatly worth it!
"Buy it, Download it, Enoy it.."
That's exactly what I have done..like part one "the blade Itself" this is a fantastic story, well written and excellently executed by narrator. The characters each have their distinctive characterisation, that blend and meander through the story . The story is exiting and interesting and builds each chapter.
If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, you will enjoy this..It has the quality of writing of GOT, but the narration is so much better
"I loved it"
I think that these books are brilliant and I would recommend them to anyone who likes intrigue and painful death in their novels. The characters have been enlivened by the reading of the audio book. The voices are perfect. All of Joe Abercrombie's books are imaginative and brilliant examples of the fantasy genre. Logan Nine Fingers is a ground breaking character who should be a role model for everyone.
"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.
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