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
Pacey is wonderful ! I first heard a book read by Frank McCourt and after that I was open to audiobooks. This book and series all together is my favorite. Pacey brings to life all the characters. He set the bar so high as far as I'm concerned. I love the series and read by anyone else would not be as good.
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
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 .
Despite his occupation, the wit and sarcasm of Glokta made me love this character. His thought processes are fascinating.
I can see the influence of other fantasy writers in the book from time to time, but this does not take away from its brilliance.
If the first of this series was not on a daily deal, I would have missed an absolute treasure.
"The adventures continue"
The audio version provides a different experience. Listening allows you sit back and visualise the descriptive action with more preciseness. The characterisation of narrator Steven Pacey is excellent and brings a realness to the protagonists.
It's difficult because there is a uniqueness to Abercombe's writing. Think Game of Thrones with moments of real belly laughter or an irreverent Robert Jordan and you will come somewhere close.
Haven't listened to Steven before, other than Abercombe's books, and I would be interested in hearing how he approaches a different style of narrative.
Laugh, out loud at many points and then just as suddenly feel touched and saddened by descriptions of pure brutality.
A fantastic book to read, a brilliant book to listen to.
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
Had me gripped from start to finish, can't wait to get book 3! I am desperate to know what happens next.
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