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
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.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is the middle book in Abercrombie’s Fist Law Trilogy and as such advances the various story lines but does not attempt a conclusion. The lives of four main characters are followed, Logan (The Bloody Nine), Inquisitor (now Superior) Glokta, the Dogman, and Jazel. All these characters show significant development. So now that the stage is set with all these great characters the conclusion is anticipated. The thing is, I really have no idea where the story is headed because there is no central quest to this series so far.
The characters are so good that Stephen Pacey has ample opportunity to display his considerable talents. Pacey is in fact fantastic making what could have been a plodding middle book into an engaging entertainment.
Say something about yourself!
I have to say I am in the minority about this book. This author does not give a lot of backstory, which I prefer. But he writes in such a way that makes me curious to see what is next. So I continue to read. Some of the characters are Very annoying. Narration is on point though. I kept reading out of curiosity more than anything else. Listening to this book was not a very pleasant experience for me.
Time and again, I thought how clever and original, and appropriate a character’s surprising response was. There is nothing superficial about the dialogue or the characters. The conversations are used concisely for character and story development—no filler dialogue here, a pet peeve of mine.
The story switches back & forth between groups of people, yet I didn’t have to break the story’s flow in order to remember who a character was, since thankfully, the author continually reminded me of relationships and events distinguishing the characters. He did it creatively and smoothly each time so it never felt repetitive or redundant.
As far as the story itself goes, I read the first book in a day and couldn’t put this one down either. I am taking a break only to write this review. The third book is purchased and am already wailing that the story has to come to an end.
The reader Steven Pacey is amazing, and a top favorite of mine.
Love Heroic Epic Fantasy, don't appreciate slow monotonic voice acting. Dragons and Magic are good, myth-based and new myth plots - super.
Great story indeed
The name of the wind; Wheel of time series
All great fantasy epics, thorough character description, great action
The ambush when Jezel gets his scars
Starring Johnny Depp as N d'cosca
Just a great read, the whole trilogy. Vibrant scenes, detailed characters and plenty of action.
In addition, the reading is superb.
Sure, it's super fun.
Come on, no question really. The Bloody Nine is a legend.
I usually don't listen twice to my audio books and I'll probably won't in this case either.
Steven Pacey is excellent at portraying the main characters and give them more of a personality with humour. I especially like his version of Glotke and Logan. He definitely brings them alive!
It's really more of the same as Book one in the series. If you liked the first book you'll probably like this one more as the story progresses.
do not know
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.
"Steven Pacey Nailed it"
I have read this trilogy before, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is my kind of mix of gritty realistic fantasy, war and hard as nails protagonists.
One of the books strengths are the large number of strong and contrasting characters. And Steven Pacey read the story beautifully. He got each character spot on. Each with it's own unique accent and flavor.
Great trilogy, by a good author, and brilliantly narrated. 5/5
"Another great instalment in the series"
I will admit to being disappointed when this book ended, which is always a great sign. I have really come to like the characters, in many cases, despite their obvious faults, which I think is a sign of the excellent character creation by the author.
The story is big enough to warrant 3 novels and still feel fast paced. There are also some set pieces which made me laugh out loud, by far and away the least erotic description of really awkward sex I have ever read - that's a scene that will stay with me :)
The narrator varies his pace perfectly for the action scenes, his characterisation is excellent and he reads the humour in the same dry manner as I imagine the author intending it.
"Worth The Investment in Time and Money"
I read the print version of 'The Blade Itself' which brought me to this audiobook and I like print and audio for differing reasons. Both were great and the characters that you live with are engaging and satisfying. Glokta is a personal fave.
When Superior Glokta has to make a deal with the devil to defend Dagoska - the intrigue and tempered battle scenes were great.
OK, already said Glokta gets it from me but that is not to say that the others are significantly less interesting or believable. The book has some complex and interesting female characters that are not the norm in this genre.
It is a 7.5hr book - who would listen in one sitting?
"A must for fantasy fans"
This trilogy is a must for fantasy fans
The narrators voices for characters made for an excellent story
Im an avid fantasy fan this is one of the best trilogies ive heard / read chaeacters you will fall in love with. Some of the best the narration is sublime you will not be dissapointed.
"A Great Story made... Awesome!... By...."
A great story made awesome by Steven Pacey his narration is truly exceptional.
Steven Pacey brings the well written story and characters to life and sweeps you away into the heart of the story. I've listened to books one and two in about 10 days and I'm just about to get book 3 so - I'm hooked if there were 10 stars available I'd give this series 12 :D
It's a very long time since I've enjoyed a fantasy series so much it has everything darkness, grit, humour, magic, battles and brilliant characters each with their own twists and turns inside the main plot line. (As a sidenote I wish the author would give Glokta his own series!)
"Awesome fantasy series!"
Awesome fantasy series, well written and well read! Once you start it you won't want to put it down.
"More than just a Good Yarn"
Gripping and addictive. Apart from the adventures, fighting and magic you get pretty deep insights into psychology, politics and philosophy ...
"Best in the Series..."
Probably my favourite book so far, and in my opinion the best of Joe Abercrombie's First Law Series. A book which I always come back to listen too and can't stop listening too. I recommend this book to anyone who has the flavour for fantasy, mystery, adventure (if on the gory-y side) and characters of which I can't find anywhere else.
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.
"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.
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