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
Started Audible to listen while I did work in my 5.5 acre yard. Now, I listen all the time. My TV is now only on when company is at my home.
I listen to this over and over. The story is great, everyone is damaged. No one is a hero. Full of observations and truisms about life. One of my absolute favorites
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
Love books of all kind, especially well developed characters.
I love this author and narrator. The author deliveries a great story and the narrator really deliveries the characters and makes you feel the action .
Continues the story along brilliantly. The characters are excellent as is the narration. In this genre these are the best I've come upon in a long while.
"Thirsting for more of the same!"
A fine tale narrated by a consummate actor. Each character plausibly and credibly described and developed as each exciting story within the story builds.
"The story continues"
Yes, as the narration brought the characters to life rather than me deciding how they sound
Yes, a good follow up, perhaps on the long side, but enough to keep me going to the third one
No too long, though there were bits it was difficult to stop at
Some characters are better than others, and bits of the story dragged, but entertaining all the same
I had already read these books but being new to audiobooks I decided to listen to something I'd already read incase I didn't like it. That way it wouldn't put me off any new books I'd bought. I needed something for work to pass the time so I gave it a shot.
I should not have worried. Steven Pacey is a narrator of the highest quality. He brought the characters alive for me all over again. Gave them individual instantly recognisable voices. He has a great range of accents and voices I have to say.
My only fear now is that I will struggle to find another narrator of the same quality!!! Excellent work!
"Great story and excellent narration."
I read this in paper format first but knew I'd really enjoy it again in audiobook form. The narration is excellent with clearly distinguished characters and good pacing.
Brilliant story and narration! Listen and be transported to another world where you laugh at the inquisition and urge on unseemly hero's!
"Book Two done"
The story continues with the same tones as the first - and I expect the same from book three which I will be starting shortly. The characters are great and the relationships are developing in their individual scenarios.
Again Steven Pacey puts on a fantastic performance and whilst not a 5 start story it's certainly one I am enjoying and will see through to the end of the triology.
"Bladdy good! Whatto!"
everything about it is great. From the narrators acting to the well written coversations and just the rigjt amount of description in just the right places. Joe Abercrombie manages to place the characters perfextly in their environments, in how he writes their thoughts
"Superb narration...not even talking about the book"
No idea, I do not own printed version... but I guess the narration, and it is one of the best I have ever heard, gives the audiobook an added value.
Still Sand dan Glokta. I still rejoice when he comes into the scene. But I have to say that within this second book I became to like Logan and West and Dog Man as well. I am now wondering what becomes of them.
He is just superb. He can play the characters. Even there is no introduction, you can still get very well who is talking at the moment. Amusing, touching and entertaining at the same time.
Definitely. But, c'mon, 22,50+ hrs? No way.
As I wrote in my review of the first book (The Blade Itself), the story is great. I love fantasy and given this one does not boost with supernatural stuff, and any magic seems (so far) to be a sort of decent, gives the book a nice sense of reality. Apart from certain moments I guess if could have easily happen. The characters are well drawn and the fact that there are several story lines makes it far from dragging despite the three huge books it consists of. I am now on my way to the third and final book - The Last Argument of Kings - and I cannot wait.
"Read book 1 first"
This is a trilogy where the books can't really stand on their own.
Thanks to a perfectly matching reading performance I am just now working my way through this world for a second time as I've gotten through both the original trilogy, the spin-off novels and the short stories.
Gritty, lifelike characters with just a bit of the overnatural thrown in to keep too much realism at bay.
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