The end is coming.Logen Ninefingers might only have 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 ...
st friend, and his oldest enemy. It's past 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. His days with a sword are far behind him. It's a good thing blackmail, threats and torture still work well enough.
Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is far too painful, 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.
While the King of the Union lies on his deathbead, the peasants revolt and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No-one believes that the shadow of war is falling across the very heart of the Union. The First of the Magi has a plan to save the world, as he always does. But there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, after all, than to break the First Law...
Top notch action-adventure fantasy novel in the sword and sorcery department. A couple of things set Abercrombie apart from the competition, I think. First, his writing transcends your average pulp-fiction level. His characters are well written,Top notch action-adventure fantasy novel in the sword and sorcery department.
A couple of things set Abercrombie apart from the competition, I think. First, his writing transcends your average pulp-fiction level. His characters are well written, believable, and fleshed out in glorious 3-D. Second, he writes for a more mature audience. He pulls no punches in his combat scenes, and his descriptions of the psychology of torture is actually quite thought provoking. At times one might think it all a bit gratuitous but in general Abercrombie seems to write what is necessary in futherance of the plot. His human relationships are on the whole quite believable for the fantasy genre, indeed, he seems to go further than most in fleshing out his characters. To mitigate the violence Abercrombie is quite accomplished conveying humour into his scenarios. So, there are quite a few good laughs along the way in his books.
In summary, there is some shocking violence and death. There are believable and sympathetic characters. There is an intelligent plot, and authentic dialogue. Humour. Decent writing with poetic imagery and inventive language. Psychological insight. Philosophical conundrums. It is all round a highly recommended series for fans of sword and sorcery epics.
There are three books in his acclaimed First Law (2006-2008) series. Then he added a couple of stand-alone novels set in the same world that are also very favourably reviewed, Before They Are Hanged (2007), and Best Served Cold (2009), both of which prominently feature characters from the First Law series, so it is recommended to read these last even though there are strictly speaking stand-alone novels.
I do have one or two caveats, though. Some of the characterization is a bit juvenile, for example, the childish rivalry between the Union war generals, which is depicted as not much different from schoolyard petulance and competition for glory. It just did not ring that true in Before They Are Hanged (2007). Also, the endless descriptions of Inquisitor Glokta's aches and pains and his relentless pessimism does begin to grate just a little after two books of it. These are minor gripes though and I still recommend the series to fantasy fans. Abercrombie is certainly not at the serious five star level of George R R Martin, but he is close enough for some fine entertainment....Continua Nascondi
The internal dialogue of a couple of characters contains more instances of the word "bastard" than I have read in my whole life.Bloody, cynical and disturbing.Some of the "nicest" (as in well-written) torture scenes ever (and I have read mostThe internal dialogue of a couple of characters contains more instances of the word "bastard" than I have read in my whole life. Bloody, cynical and disturbing. Some of the "nicest" (as in well-written) torture scenes ever (and I have read most historical novels about Vlat Tepes). Not recommended to the weak and sensible....Continua Nascondi
"Chose? If you believe that I chose any part of the pitiful shadow of a life you see before you, you are very much mistaken. I chose glory and success. Yhe box did not contain what was written on the lid".