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Publisher's Summary

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

The Heroes

For glory, for victory, for staying alive.

First Law Trilogy

The Blade Itself

Before They Are Hanged

Last Argument of Kings

Novels in the First Law world

Best Served Cold

The Heroes

Red Country

©2011 Joe Abercrombie (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" Lord of the Rings as directed by Kurosawa." ( Wall Street Journal)
"Magnificent, richly entertaining." ( Time)
"Abercrombie never glosses over a moment of the madness, passion, and horror of war, nor the tribulations that turn ordinary people into the titular heroes." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Pacey is as good as it gets

If you could sum up The Heroes in three words, what would they be?

Narrator is great!

Any additional comments?

I can't express just how good this narrator is. Abercromie's writing style and imagination are always top notch but IMO the way that Steven Pacey is able to give each character their own very unique voice and personality is truly amazing. I really wish that all of GRR Martin's books could be re-recorded with Pacey as the narrator.

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Amazing

Loved all of it. Not a dull moment. It's a gritty story of battle that I would roccomend to anyone with the balls enough to read it!

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excellent book, great characters.

if you enjoyed the blade itself series you should definitely read this book. His characters make his stories, here you will find some old and some new, but all are great.

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  • J. Maki
  • Saint Paul, MN United States
  • 03-21-17

good, but weaker than the last book

overall i thought the book was good, but the characters and plot were both a bit less engaging than best served cold.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The best?

This could be the best audiobook I've ever listen to. The story is amazing, the characters complex Bruegel and hilarious, and the story exceptional. This is a must read.

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Worth it if you love the series

It's the least good installment of a brilliant series. If you love Abercrombie and these characters it's a must read, but don't expect it to be as compelling as the previous books and you won't be disappointed.

The performance, as always, is flawless.

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love the characters

Just too much fighting, would have liked more plot. Abercrombie is best with his characters but there could have been more than just the battle.

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Excellent story about the realities of battle

What did you like best about this story?

I love how the characters all have natural reactions to the events. They feel real, the fights feel real. Battle descriptions are excellent.

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Pacey is top notch. One of the best voices I have heard on Audible.

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Fabulous


Abercrombie keeps me coming back for more with his hard-edged, morally questionable characters, and epic fantasy.

He is in my top five without question.

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Amazing all around!

Love the narration, he might be my favorite. Joe Abercrombie is incredible! I want more stories from this world he's created!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful