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
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its very funny
only his reading of the first book. he is a great reader.
its that good!
an outstanding audio book for fans of Game of Thrones, while we wait for the next installment in that series : ) utterly enjoyable.
Probably not, I'll finish the series, but overall not that great of a book.
Glokta is the best character. The overall story feels disconnected from the Characters. After Reading Rothfuss & GRRM books, this is no where near either of those series. There are interesting parts but it's missing the finer details and gives details where not relevant. This is basically just a story that requires no thought what so ever, nothing surprised me.
Just as good - he's one of the best. If not for Pacey I probably wouldn't have finished the series. This must really be a hard book to read.
The second istallment of "The First Law" series is more action packed than that first, most of the characters were introduced in the first book so little time is needed to describe charactors.
Before They Are Hanged is a great continuation of the series. But it is obvious that the author never intended the books to be read seperately. The second book ends much like the first book by just stopping. No resolution of the story threads just stops.
I did notice in this book tha the author is very tallented as is the narrator in bringing the story to life. In one scene Logan is fishing in the back ground and the author has him interject from out of the scene several times. It make it seem more like real life.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good fantasy. The narrator does a great job and the story is quite simple but very well laid out.
Say something about yourself!
Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he writes a damn fine fantasy series.
This review is more for the series as a whole but if you need something specific to Before They Are Hanged, then it is better than book 1. All the things that you liked in book 1 are better in book 2. If you liked but not loved book 1, keep going.
Admittedly, it took me a while to get my footing in the first book. I think this is more due to me having this attention span of a flea then any fault of the book. Once I got going I did not stop. The First Law Trilogy is a gritty, violent world that is utterly enjoyable. It's as violent as anything I've read yet is does not carry the weight of George R.R. Martin or Steven Erikson. It felt much lighter than that. I think this is in part due to the likable characters that Abercrombie so expertly creates. This could actually be taken as a good and bad thing. I mean, I actually liked all of the characters. Even the bad guys have redeeming qualities that makes you root for them. While rooting for characters is great, I did kind of miss feeling the satisfaction of watching a reviled character get his just due.
One of the greatest things this series has going for it is the narrator, Steven Pacey. I am fairly new to audiobooks. I've only been listening for a couple of years but I can say without hesitation that I have not heard better narration than Pacey's. The subtle differences in characters voices never feels fake or forced. I could always tell who was talking by the sound of his voice. The voices always added to the writing, never took away from. I am extremely critical of narrators but could find little fault with Steven Pacey.
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Great narration, decent flow and great plot line. Takes over right from where book 1 left off, enjoyable listen, well worth the credit.
Joe Abercrombie has become tied with Patrick Rothfuss for my favorite living author. I love this series--blood, grit and swearing notwithstanding but essential--it is a story so well written and so well portrayed by the narrator that I know I will loathe its ending when I complete the last entry of the trilogy. Luckily for me, Joe has kept on writing and there are more books waiting for me.
Joe Abercrombie does a fantastic job of refreshing the fantasy genre with his gritty not everything is sunshine and rainbows style of writing. Don't get me wrong there are still good guys and bad guys but most of the time there is an extremely thin line between the two, I found myself thinking all the time "that guy is terrible...but a good man", you wanted to hate some characters but you just couldn't. It's hard to explain, suffice it to say its an awesome story, a great narrator, and you'll want to keep going.
Lots of blood and fighting and details... excellent book and narration! If you liked the series, you wont be dissapoited with this one! Get it and be glad!
"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!
"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
"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.
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.
I downloaded this entire book for a long car journey across Europe. Absolutely superb. Being new to audio books it was the quality of the narration that really impressed me... such a range of different voices and all from one person. I have read Joe Abercromie books before so I knew I could bet on a good story and I haven't been disappointed. Highly recommeded.
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