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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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Great story, superb reading

Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

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

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Great audible/book

This continued the amazing narration of the first novel in this series. Definitely one of the best series in dark fantasy.

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Book 2 of my favorite trilogy.

It's almost like these books were written to my particular tastes. I could go on and on but I would just sound even more like a fanboy so I'll skip my speech on how much I love the first law series and say this... When it comes to the combination of writer and reader this series is in the top 1% all-time on Audible in my opinion. Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey's combined efforts make a work of high art that that I've enjoyed annually since I first listened to them in 2013 and I appreciate it more and more each time.

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  • Desmond
  • Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
  • 09-30-15

another great addition to the series

loved every minute of it. great addition to the series. Joe Abercrombie never dissapoibts in this book.

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Was over b4 I knew it

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 :)

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second read, great as the first.

fantastic, animated narrator.
gripping story.
tears and guffaws abound.
compelling characters.
overall, a brilliant diversion.


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Abercrombie and Pacey unbeatable.

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

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  • Susan
  • Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • 08-26-15

Great 2nd book !!!

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 .

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One of the best...

Great story. . great narrator. . characters to love.. believable fantasy. .. hoping for a happy ending, but not expecting one..

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Absolutely riveting and entertaining

Joe abercombie has a singular style that begs to be read in one go. The characters are fascinating, the writing is witty and absorbing, and the reading performance is near perfection.

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  • MR TA RIDGWAY
  • 08-22-17

Good, but could do without annoying navigator

and slightly annoying 'say one thing about 9 fingers' refrain. still getting the next one :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-17

A performance that bolsters already amazing book

The characters in this book felt real when I read the First Law for the first time, but Pacey's performance brings them to life in a way that gives more life to a story and world that was already bristling with it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-17

Amazing narration, deep characters and engrossing story line

The variety of characters and Steven Pacey's ability to bring them to life is a wonderful thing. Narrators like him are the life blood of story telling and the reason why I continue to subscribe to Audible.

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  • STARSKYDOG
  • 07-18-17

Abercrombie and Pacey made for each other

excellent story and storytelling.
As good as series as you will ever read / hear.
3rd time ive listened now and still a pleasure.

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  • Andrew
  • 05-12-17

As good as the first!

Gripping story, great characters with depth and narrated fantastically with much versatility.

At the end of each chapter I'd be disheartened yo be changing location to focus on another characters story only to feel the same at the end of their chapter again when returning! Getting the third book now!

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  • Paul
  • 05-11-17

Excellent book

I enjoyed more than the first book, the characters are more fleshed out and the story more engaging. Voice consistently an amazing talent with incredible range.

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  • Ian
  • 05-05-17

The 2nd in the series

I've never heard of the author before the 1st book, now I've just finished the 2nd book and can't wait for the 3rd, simple as that, what a story, what a find

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  • JPA
  • 04-07-17

colourful characters and brutal battles

One of my fave narrators brings to life a sequal that improves on the previous book - which I also enjoyed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-16-17

loved it

This story just gets better and better. loved it can't wait to start the next book.

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  • Kjetil
  • 02-25-17

Loved it!

Will listen to the third book now! Now!
Best series in a long time. Recommend to all lovers of high fantasy.