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 vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
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.
Can't say enough about this book and it's reader. Dark, real, succinct, funny and completely satisfying (when you finish the series.)
like the 1st book, didn't have a classical climax and ending to me. felt like it was not complete but otherwise a very good book. Just means I need to buy the next one :)
fantastic, animated narrator.
tears and guffaws abound.
overall, a brilliant diversion.
This series best read of year for me. Narrator completes a great story and excellently built abd believable characters. actual historical metaphors i.e. the Union (GB), inquisition, the Kurdish aka Muslims and Arabs
"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.
"Superb follow up"
This trilogy is probably the best piece of fantasy writing I've listened to in years. Joe Abercrombie's writing stiyle is such that you can't wait to find out what the next twist is going to be. The descriptions of the more gruesome elements of the story are so good I winced more than once. This coupled with the underlying humour moved this from a standard quest story into a whole genre. Steven Pacey's narration is perfectly paced with each of the main characters voices being distinctly different.
"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...
Very well written, but, it is Steven Pacey's masterful rendition & characterisation which makes this trilogy so easy to listen to! Interesting, as another reviewer said, that the most appealing character is a crippled, psychopathic torturer! I am hooked, however - where Joe and Steven lead I will follow!
"Superb narration and great characters"
Very much so.
What can I say Steven Pacey is brilliant and really makes the great characters in the book seem real. It is a must read and I want more.
King of Kings
Just buy it.
"Great narrator, great story!"
A good read with a versatile marrator, loved it from start to finish! Now onto the next in the series :)
"Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie"
...say he's a damn fine writer
Say one thing about Steven Pacey, say he can't pronounce "grimace" for toffee
"Story keeps getting better!"
Brilliant combinations of quest storyline and politics of war storylines. Fantastic characters and the narration is second to none. Well done.
"Steven Pacey can make any story 5-star"
Joe Abercrombie is writing some fantasy masterpieces write now, so it is only against his exceedingly high standards that I'm giving the story 4-stars. It's really good, don't get me wrong - but it seems to be just not quite as polished as 'Best Served Cold' & the marvellous 'Shattered Sea' series. Where as ever, he is almost peerless is in characterisation - once again the cast we meet are superbly rendered, many marked with JA's signature sardonic wit that somehow leaves you laughing out loud even during the most harrowing scenarios.
Part of the reason for the overall 5-star rating is that Steven Pacey is a genius at performance reading. It is quite possible that he'd make a tax return sound like a literary masterpiece: but furnished with JA's wonderful characters and atmospheric writing, Pacey weaves a magical aural world that draws you completely into the story.
Great audible listen.
"Narration great not so much the story"
The narrator was fantastic probably saved this audiobook, the story was repetitive and a drag , if I was reading the book would probably have skipped entire chapters, a lot of it seemed like fillers to plump up the content, will listen to the third one just to complete the trilogy and keep fingers crossed it's not as boring as this one
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