The final novel in the First Law Trilogy by New York Times best seller Joe Abercrombie.
Logen Ninefingers might have only one more fight in him - but it's going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the king of the Northmen still stands firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy: It's time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.
With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no one is safe and no one can be trusted. As his days with a sword are far behind him, it's fortunate that he's deadly with his remaining weapons: blackmail, threats, and torture.
Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is too painful an undertaking and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too - and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it.
The king of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt, and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No one believes that the shadow of war is about to fall across the heart of the Union. Only the First of the Magi can save the world, but there are risks. There is no risk more terrible than to break the First Law....
©2015 Joe Abercrombie (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"Exhilarating.... Abercrombie's knack for wit and grit holds your attention throughout, and his eye for character means that there's heart as well as muscle." [SFX (UK)]
Not looking for a happy ending but would like some closure. First time listening to this author and read comments on ending after the fact. lots of agreement. Maybe there is more to come but do not call it a trilogy!
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The series has great characters and superb story telling. The pacing well ok but it feels like this book just ran out of steam half way through. I am glad it is the end of this series since it felt like it should just end with the plot becoming pointless and no direction or finality at the end of this book.
With the next book Heroes, which i have already listened to, a new chapter in the story is created breathing life into this epic story.
I listened to all three books. Terrific performance. Great characters, plot, sub plots. The fighting scenes were wonderful. After a bit some things became repetitive. The killer for me was the ending. It left me empty and unfulfilled.
First I wanted to say that I absolutely loved the ending. I thought the symmetry of it was masterfully done. I find it fascinating that many reviewers are so displeased with the final few minutes. In my eyes it was the perfect ending to the trilogy. I find it even more unbelievable that, making it through all three books and knowing the tone of the series, that anyone could possibly expect every loose end to be neatly tied up. I actually thought the threads that did come together in this book were so well done so it really made me love the series as a whole. I had enjoyed the first book, but I was finding it difficult to be motivated to get through the second. Before They are Hanged is a lot of moving pieces around the board, and while I liked all the great character moments, I was starting getting really fatigued with it. When I started Last Argument of Kings, I kind of just wanted to get it over with and start a new fantasy series. Well I ending up blazing through this book, could not put it down (do you say that about audiobooks?). All of the time I that I had felt like I was slogging through Before They are Hanged, paid off 10 fold and made everything worth it. Made me wish I appreciated the second book more as I was listening to it. Now that I'm finished, I'm sad it's over... but I have picked out my next series. And it's The First Law World. Can't wait.
And of course, as every reviewer has surely pointed out already, Steven Pacey's narration is fantastic. The direction, voice-acting, and nuance he gives to every character performance is truly amazing. I've heard some great narration before, but this is unparalleled in my opinion. I actually started out the series reading the physical book years ago, but for some reason put it down after only a few chapters. When I was ready to pick it back up, I decided to give the audio a try instead. And I'm so, so glad I did.
Looking forward to hopefully more Steven Pacey in the future with the new trilogy in the first law world that Abercrombie is writing.
Tough to get 70 hours in only to have all your hopes dissappointed. I get the whole, "don't give the reader the happy ending they've been trained to expect" thing, but exercise that authorial discretion earlier or in a shorter novel.
I read a load of books in my time, but this series stands out above the rest. not only are the books just brilliant in all respects, but the voicing of the audio is THE best I have ever heard period. 5 stars all around.
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