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Before They Are Hanged We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged Heinrich Heine Before They Are Hanged is Abercrombie s second entry into the twisted and grim world of The First Law It follows on from the three story arcs that The Blade itself stylishly led towards Bayaz, the first of the Magi is venturing to the end of the Earth with his bizarre collection of distinctive personnel for reasons unbeknown to all apart from the Mage himself Superior Glokta has traveled South to infiltrate the p We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged Heinrich Heine Before They Are Hanged is Abercrombie s second entry into the twisted and grim world of The First Law It follows on from the three story arcs that The Blade itself stylishly led towards Bayaz, the first of the Magi is venturing to the end of the Earth with his bizarre collection of distinctive personnel for reasons unbeknown to all apart from the Mage himself Superior Glokta has traveled South to infiltrate the politics of an allied nation, hoping to find out what happened to his ill fated predecessor and preparing defences for the attacks soon to be initiated by an advancing and ultimately imminent rival army The remaining narrative intertwines the stories of the rough living, legendary warrior group of Threetrees and the Dogman with the troubles in the North where the Union is tackling the Northern King s great forces Here we follow the action of the worst armed, worst trained and worst led army in the world For one of the narratives arcs, three points of view presentations are followed, often within the same chapter switching between actions and opinions The second has two viewpoints from very different characters summarising the happenings in the unwelcoming harshness of the cold real world with battles looming The final is presented by Superior Glotka alone A former dashing fencer who was tortured, crippled and now is an inquisitor torturer Trust me, you would have to wake up pretty early in the morning to outsmart this gentleman He is perhaps the finest creation in this series, for his tortuous past, achingly uncomfortable present and also his internal monolgues which are as highly gritty as they are humorous I mentioned he is the only POV section in this arc, but his internal thoughts are often so comically different from his statements and actions that it is like two amazing viewpoints His character is outstandingly well written There is also a pretty distinctive juxtaposition in his presentation of events and environments He still sees beauty in the world in his descriptions of things and then a second later could be commanding a subordinate to cut off a traitors body part.I very rarely read other reviews before writing my own, but I did catch one snippet from a status update that was very apt It stated that Abercrombie s stories are full of bastards that grow on you I think that that is a perfect analogy I honestly shouldn t care about most of the people written here Why do I truly care about vain, flamboyant, selfish officer Jezal when something bad happens to him Perhaps he deserves all he gets for his previous outlook and analysis of existence Why do I care about Logan Ninefingers He seems like an average warrior guy with scars encompassing his body, who people say was pretty handy with a sword and did some damning things in the past I really cared about the majority of the main characters Although a few fantasy character tropes are presented, spoilt King in waiting, mages, Devils etc Nothing at all seems cliche and that cannot be said for a lot of modern fantasy works My review of The Blade Itself raved about the characters and from my previous paragraph, you can see my opinions there haven t changed If anything, my views have been reinforced and heightened about how much of a knack Abercrombie has for this aspect of his fantasy work Although not really too negative and off putting, I did comment on the lack of action throughout the first book Action wise, Joe truly has raised the bar high here Battles, sieges, and The Bloody Nine all are expertly presented and adrenaline pumping It doesn t all need to be full guts gory and bloody to have an emotional dark impact either, and there are a few moments here that are poignant in their effectiveness for that reason I call this the just made this up but it sounds cool pushing Bran from the Tower technique, very intricate actions that have long lasting effects even though the act in question was simple In addition to the lack of action, my other grating issue with The Blade Itself was the world and the histories, although not hollow, did seem a bit unfulfilled I was unsatisfied that there was still no map, but a lot of the above has been rectified here Most of Bayaz et al s scenes are travel based the end of the world isn t close so we are presented cool stories by the characters to pass the time at campfires Bayaz talking about the history of the world, his relationships with other important, almost legendary figures and his past failings are memorable A scene that stood out to me was very simple, perhaps twelve pages where an ensemble discusses their scars So not only have the already complex characters become deeper, the world and its past are filled in pretty well here There is also a bit of a love story here to look forward to I was highly satisfied with the majority of what I read here Abercrombie is a genius is his moulding of characters and of all things grim Normally, the ending of a story can add a star to my rating The finale to one of the arcs of this book had the opposite effect I will not go into details but I will be interested in the comments to see if people agree and or know the narrative I am discussing I felt let down and almost like I had wasted my time waiting for that culmination This is probably a 8.5 10 but Last Argument of Kings must give me a reason for the arc ending this way If it does, I will re evaluate what I have written in this little section To conclude, this trilogy seems to be a character driven fantasy that is unequaled in the genre Gripping, thrilling, gritty and pretty damn awesome www.youandibooks.wordpress.com Check out my review for this fantastic book on Booknest at BooknestBefore They Are Hanged was SO GOOD I really have no idea why it has taken me so long to get round to continuing the First Law I enjoyed the return to this world so much that I have already started book 3, Last Argument of Kings We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged If you haven t heard of the First Law, Logen Ninefingers or Joe Abercrombie then you ve probably been living in some sort of dark cave Check out my review for this fantastic book on Booknest at BooknestBefore They Are Hanged was SO GOOD I really have no idea why it has taken me so long to get round to continuing the First Law I enjoyed the return to this world so much that I have already started book 3, Last Argument of Kings We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged If you haven t heard of the First Law, Logen Ninefingers or Joe Abercrombie then you ve probably been living in some sort of dark cave with a really really heavy rock blocking the entrance which is probably what we should all be doing considering the current climate These books are so popular for a reason and it was an almightily joyous experience returning to the minds of iconic fantasy characters like Logen, Glokta and Jezal Luthar Evenenjoyable when they have cool catchphrases like You can never have too many knives, And You have to be realistic about these things And my personal favourite, Click, tap, pain The crippled San dan Glokta, Superior Inquisitor of the Union is seeking answers on his predecessors whereabouts, all whilst being besieged by one of the Union s numerous enemies The Dogman is accompanying a small band of Northmen tracking a massive army of Northmen on their way to destroy the Union Logen is on the epic quest to save mankind with First of the Magi, Bayaz and the young Union captain Jezal dan Luthar Three genius storylines that interweave between each other, have subtle and witty links to each other and are all as captivating as one another People love to see death It reminds them that however mean, however low, however horrible their lives become at least they have one Abercrombie has created a cast of characters who all pretty much stand between terrible person and bad person , who are all absolutely brilliantly funny, relatable worryingly , filled with dark humour and incredibly realistic One of the most important things to mention of Abercrombie s characters are that they are realistic, being totally believable in the various situations they find themselves in The interactions between each other had me laughing out loud regularly and always left me with a good feeling after reading, even though it is grimdark A choice between killing and dying is no choice at all You have to be realistic about these things The story takes each of the characters in unpredictable routes that kept me guessing, pulling off some twists excellently The gritty action started from the onset and continued throughout, the dark characters reacted with that layer of realism that I now am growing to expect from an Abercrombie book It was all excellent As for being a good man, and Glokta curled his lip, that ship sailed long ago, and I wasn t even there to wave it off There is plenty of witty dialogue with black humour, especially from the Inquisitor Glokta He reminded me of Tyrion Lannister, using his brain and wits to piece together puzzles and be as fearsome as Logen, however he is a whole different entity to Tyrion His dry sarcasm during torture scenes almost made me feel terrible for laughing but come on, how can you not Strange, isn t it, mused Glokta as he watched him struggle for air Big men, small men, thin men, fat men, clever men, stupid men, they all respond the same to a fist in the guts One minute you think you re the most powerful man in the world The next you can t even breathe by yourself 5 5 Phenomenal storytelling with phenomenal characters and dialogue that is dark and hilarious in equal measures The thoughts of the characters add a lot to the world building and depth of the cast that will grow on you in no time The action is bloody and furious, brutal scenes that keep your blood pumping It s epic in all meanings of the word, one of my favourite books Onto Last Argument of Kings okay enough with the reviews and comments from folks saying that there aren t any likeable characters in this series what we have here are 1 a barbarian with a heart of gold sure, he can turn into a mass murdering psychopath when pressed, but my gosh, that doesn t happen too often 2 an ex slave who lives to destroy her former abusers yes, she s grouchy savage suspicious of everyone, particularly white people do you blame her she was a former slave, abused and raped repeatedly come okay enough with the reviews and comments from folks saying that there aren t any likeable characters in this series what we have here are 1 a barbarian with a heart of gold sure, he can turn into a mass murdering psychopath when pressed, but my gosh, that doesn t happen too often 2 an ex slave who lives to destroy her former abusers yes, she s grouchy savage suspicious of everyone, particularly white people do you blame her she was a former slave, abused and raped repeatedly come on 3 a centuries old sorceror, also very grouchy hey, he s been alive for centuries he s seen the rise and fall of men he s trying to stop the world from ending give him a break 4 a spoiled nobleman he doesn t stay spoiled for long the reader clearly sees him grow and discover new found empathy, freshly discovered understanding of the world and the people around him a person can change, can t they these are all completely loveable and endearing creations i understood their bitterness and suspicious nature and off putting high handedness, but i also cheered their slow movements towards understanding each other, towards kindness of a sort , towards decency their courage has always been obvious, but with this novel, they become muchrecognizably human reading about their journey was pure pleasure and the end of that journey a great bit of dark, dark irony it is a rather a brave and surprising thing for Abercrombie to pull off although i am confidentwill come out of that journey.also pure pleasure the continuing misadventures of the torturer Glotka i was pleased to see a decrease of his italicized snarkiness it is still there, of course, but it is not everywhere and no longer functions as a kind of shorthand for actual characterization it is just a part of who he is was anyone reminded of Tyrion at King s Landing when reading about him seeing to the city of Dagoska i was Glotka remains a wonderful and unusual character as do West and Dogman and all the rest sure these are all some bitter folks, but they barely even qualify as anti heroes to me, they are heroes.Before They Are Hanged is a great middle book unlike many second novels in a series, it does not feel at all like it is treading water if anything, this is where the action of the series truly begins the description of the various travels, battles, and siege are all riveting and Abercrombie retains his status as a writer who truly knows how to describe action the depiction of magic and of mythology remain compelling the mysteries remain mysterious but not in a confounding way we learnbut just enough to keep things tantalizing and the writing remains muscular i usually hate seeing that word to describe prose because i m often not sure what it even means, but in this case, the word fits the writing is tight, sardonic, self aware, and muscular this wasthan a good read, it was a wonderful experience and i am really stoked to see how it all turns out in the third book Glokta is an excellent torturer Some would even say the best, but somewhere down his crooked path he made some rather nasty enemies Such is lifeSo, as a polite death sentence, he gets sent on a mission that is suicidal and near impossible to complete Anybody else would fail However, this is Sand Dan Glockta the most ingenious torturer and manipulator to ever wear the Union s colours You can t simply get rid of him His enemies have made a terrible mistake in underestimating him Phys Glokta is an excellent torturer Some would even say the best, but somewhere down his crooked path he made some rather nasty enemies Such is lifeSo, as a polite death sentence, he gets sent on a mission that is suicidal and near impossible to complete Anybody else would fail However, this is Sand Dan Glockta the most ingenious torturer and manipulator to ever wear the Union s colours You can t simply get rid of him His enemies have made a terrible mistake in underestimating him Physically, he is very weak Mentally, he is brilliant and ruthless You d be a fool to cross him A party of haters Abercrombie certainly likes to give a dark twist on what could have been a conventional fantasy series Instead of having a company of friends and allies, there is a company of misfits who absolutely detest each other Bayaz, the first of the Magi, has brought them together to recover a deadly weapon it s clearly for his own ends, but he has concocted a persuasive lie about his intentions Despite his supposed moral superiority, he is just as bad as the rest Indeed, the group s members are mean, selfish and they re all killers This makes for an amusing, and somewhat unusual, group of travelers The chances of a member being murdered are just as high as the party working together As the novel progresses this dynamic begins to shift The hatred doesn t evaporate, though it does develop into a mutual need to succeed and survive They learn to rely on each other s talents, and even go as far as to pay the odd compliment on each other s killing skills Such comradery In the end, they ve got each other s backs Either that or there all dead It was a slow development that was appropriate to their personalities it would have been very strange if these guys suddenly became best mates overnight These just aren t the sort of people that have friends, at least, not for very long It s all about Glokta, the nastiest bastard in fantasy Superior Glotka was once a hero Those days are long gone He now enjoys to torture in the same ways he was once tortured But, he s not malicious It s his job to torture Someone s got to do it, right So why not an expert Why not get some fun out of it Except on his mission he learns to torture people in another way he manipulates them emotionally and forces them to aid in his hopeless defence of Dogoska whilst he tries to uncover who murdered his predecessor It s not an easy task, but Glokta can handle it He s one tough, remorseless, bastardHonour, eh What the hell is that anyway Every man thinks it s something different You can t drink it You can t fuck it Theof it you have the less good it does you, and if you ve got none at all you don t miss it I love his characterisation it s dark and powerful, but most importantly it s utterly unique I feel like I should hate this guy, though somehow he comes across as sorrowful He s a pragmatist he knows what his weaknesses are, and he knows what he is No other writer I ve come across in fantasy can write such villainous characters that can so easily be sympathised with Mark Lawrence certainly couldn t pull it off in hisBroken Empire TrilogyI think Abercrombie has earnt his reputation as King of grimdark fantasy What s not to love There s war, political drama and evil vs evil These early books are so much better that his newer stuff The First Law Trilogy1The Blade Itself A bloody four stars2Before They are HangedA gritty fours stars3The Last Argument of Kings A strong four stars This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here While Superior Glokta holds Dagoska against the Gurkish, Collum West endures untold hardship in the north in the companion of the Prince and Logen s six barbarian friends Meanwhile, Bayaz, Logen, Luthar, and Nessa head toward the edge of the world for something that should best be left buriedAs Elizabeth said in her review of The Two Towers, middle books in a trilogy are tricky business While you occasionally get one the literary equivalent of The Empire Strike Back, most of them arel While Superior Glokta holds Dagoska against the Gurkish, Collum West endures untold hardship in the north in the companion of the Prince and Logen s six barbarian friends Meanwhile, Bayaz, Logen, Luthar, and Nessa head toward the edge of the world for something that should best be left buriedAs Elizabeth said in her review of The Two Towers, middle books in a trilogy are tricky business While you occasionally get one the literary equivalent of The Empire Strike Back, most of them arelike Temple of Doom This one is way closer to Empire in terms of quality It even has an ending as shocking as Luke, I am your father Where do I start How about Glokta Glokta is the Tyrion Lannister of the First Law trilogy as far as I m concerned He s crass, crippled, and very complicated His protectiveness toward Ardee and dedication to the hopeless task of defending Dagoska against overwhelming odds won me over More Glokta in the next book, please As for the other characters, I love how Bayaz keeps trickling out details of the history of the Magi, all the while not being completely trusted The friendship between Logen and Nessa seemed fairly natural and I love what s going on with Luthar The events in Aulcus were gripping page turners It was really hard to put the book down at the end of my lunch break Qwai and Longfoot could be fleshed out a bitbut you can t have everything Where would you keep it all Colonel West and the barbarians enduring the hellish Northern winter made King Stannis march toward Winterfell seem like a breeze West pushing the Prince off the cliff was one of my favorite parts of the book.The ending was better than my highest expectations I wonder how Bayaz and company will rebound from that, as well as Glokta and the mess he s found himself ensnared in.In closing, no sopho jinx here Before They are Hanged was even better than The Blade Itself Five gore spattered stars You can find this review andat Novel NotionsWe should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged I am astonished by how much I loved this book I went from thinking that grimdark wasn t for me to being an unapologetic convert to the genre Whatever the cause for my change of heart, I m insanely glad it happened, because Before They Are Hanged is absolutely fabulous Brimming with humor and overflowing with compelling characters, the second installment of The First Law quenche You can find this review andat Novel NotionsWe should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged I am astonished by how much I loved this book I went from thinking that grimdark wasn t for me to being an unapologetic convert to the genre Whatever the cause for my change of heart, I m insanely glad it happened, because Before They Are Hanged is absolutely fabulous Brimming with humor and overflowing with compelling characters, the second installment of The First Law quenched a thirst for high stakes and long odds that I didn t even know I had Honour, eh What the hell is that anyway Every man thinks it s something different Theof it you have the less good it does you, and if you ve got none at all you don t miss it First, I m crazy impressed that Abercrombie was able to pack this much character development and engaging plot into a second installment With so many trilogies, book two is something to struggle through, bogging readers down in overly extensive world building and an awkward trudge from the introductory plot points of book A to the concluding plot points of book C There are exceptions, of course City of Blades, Words of Radiance, Valor, and Bloody Rose are among some of the best books I ve ever read, and they were second installments, though not exclusively for trilogies It looks like I can now add Before They Are Hanged to that list, as it kept me completely enthralled from start to finish People love to see death It reminds them that however mean, however low, however horrible their lives become at least they have one Abercrombie could and should give classes on crafting amazing character development Every single perspective character grew by leaps and bounds in this book Even those whose point of view chapters were scant in The Blade Itself Ferro, West, and Dogman were incredibly compelling and vibrant and sympathetic I cared about every single perspective character, and was always a teensy bit desperate for my time with them to last a little longer before the point of view shifted Abercrombie did an amazing job of imbuing each plot line with a sense of urgency that kept me on the edge of my seat for the duration of the book It was honestly a little exhausting, but in the best way possible While all of the characters grew tremendously and felt almost tangibly real, the award for the most character development in this book and possibly in any book I ve ever read has to go to Jezal Luthor I don t want to spoil anything by getting into how he grew and why, but I was astounded by his alteration Anyone can face ease and success with confidence It is the way we face trouble and misfortune that defines us Something that is always hit or miss for me is an author s presentation of sex scenes Some are beautiful, like those written by Nora Roberts, emphasizing the emotion of the actthan the mechanics Some are painfully awkward, like just about every sex scene I ve ever read by Stephen KingThe man is insanely talents with words, but they fail him when it comes to sex I wish he would just notAbercrombie s sex scenes are hands down among the funniest I have ever read There was one scene in particular that was perhaps the angriest mutual sex act I ve ever read, and it had me laughing so hard my sides hurt A choice between killing and dying is no choice at all You have to be realistic about these things Also, I m not usually a fan of fiction this militaristic I tend to get lost in the details However, Abercrombie excels at that as well, and really makes me care not only about the outcome but about the battles themselves Is there anything this man can t do An open mind is like to an open wound Vulnerable to poison Liable to fester Apt to give its owner only pain I don t know if I ve ever rated another book with 5 full stars and placed it among my favorites that left me so unsatisfied There were decisions made and outcomes reached that were incredibly anticlimactic and had me groaning in disappointment However, I knew from the warnings of friends Petrik and Emma in this case not to expect rainbows and unicorns This is grimdark, after all The name of the genre should tell you not to hope for a happy ending Because I was warned, that frustration that I felt at said outcomes only added to the reading experience for me There were no neatly tied conclusions to the plot lines Abercrombie followed throughout this book I have a feeling that I ll feel the same except to a greater extent about the final installment And I m actually okay with that While I still have my fingers crossed that SOMETHING will turn out okay for at least one or two of the characters, I have no illusions of a happily ever after I actually think that it would cheapen the entire story if everything worked out in the end, and I don t know that I ve ever felt that way before I love happy endings, but such an outcome wouldn t be at all believable in this case There was no such thing as luck Luck was a word idiots used to explain the consequences of their own rashness, and selfishness, and stupidity More often than not bad luck meant bad plans I m so glad that I decided to give this series another chance, and that I happened to be in just the right mood for it when I picked it up If The Last Argument of Kings is as good as its predecessors, it looks like I ll be rearranging my already stuffed living room shelves to make room for another favorite series Here s hoping it blows me away 4.5 5 stars The first book was good, with flashes of brilliance this one was better.I ve heard so much about this series When talking to normal people those who don t readthan just casually , Abercrombie s name comes up a lot It s a mainstream series that, for the most part, lives up to all the hype It s credited as one of the first Grimdark novels, and that sentiment is muchapparent in this second book than the first Authors these days are taking things a lot further, but yo 4.5 5 stars The first book was good, with flashes of brilliance this one was better.I ve heard so much about this series When talking to normal people those who don t readthan just casually , Abercrombie s name comes up a lot It s a mainstream series that, for the most part, lives up to all the hype It s credited as one of the first Grimdark novels, and that sentiment is muchapparent in this second book than the first Authors these days are taking things a lot further, but you can definitely see the base influence here I held off on reading it for several years because said normal people kept talking about how hard the torture scenes were to read As it happens, almost every other Grimdark series I ve read so far has been worse much worse , so don t let that scare you if you re holding off for similar reasons or don t let it overly entice you haha.The Blade Itself book 1 came across very much like a setup novel The characters were worth spending time with and the overall story was interesting, but when it came down to actual plot progression, not a whole lot happened That s where Before They Are Hanged improved pivotal moments happened left and right and the story finally caught up with all the other brilliant story components I loved it There were a few moments in particular that I m still thinking about weeks later, which says a lot about the content I ll be reading everything I can get my hands on from this author.My only criticism at this point is the lack of relatable female characters The women are either conniving, simpering, or so hard they might as well be men with breasts And so far their contributions to the story hasto do with what they can offer the men rather than instigators of plot advancement It s a minor criticism because I still enjoyed the hell out of this book, but it did affect my rating, so that s why I m highlighting it When compared to Brian McClellan a writer I ve been reading alongside Abercrombie who has incredibly similar components but ALSO manages to give satisfying characters of both genders , you can see why my current reading experiences would lead me to believe the lack of relatable female characters is was a missed opportunity worth mentioning However, Glokta might be good enough on his own to compensate tenfold Recommendations Before They are Hanged was a fantastic continuation to the First Law Trilogy removing all reservations I had about the series from the first one It has one of the best characters in fantasy Glokta , some gritty action, and a lot of substance I ll happily recommend it as a staple of the genre.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.comOther books you might like Superior Glokta has a problem How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace It s enough to make a torturer want to run if he could even walk without a stickNorthmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory There is only one problem he commands the worst armed, worst trained, worst led army in the worldAnd Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters If they didn t hate each other quite so muchAncient secrets will be uncovered Bloody battles will be won and lost Bitter enemies will be forgiven but not before they are hanged This is when I start to bemoan about picking up this trilogy so late To think that I actually met Abercrombie at WorldCon last year before completing The First Law It was such a travesty of an opportunity, and I m repentant for it Before They Are Hanged is a fantastic sequel that elevated everything which made the first book so enjoyable The story picked up immediately from the previous book and really took off from here The Blade Itself introduced the main characters of the trilogy and bro This is when I start to bemoan about picking up this trilogy so late To think that I actually met Abercrombie at WorldCon last year before completing The First Law It was such a travesty of an opportunity, and I m repentant for it Before They Are Hanged is a fantastic sequel that elevated everything which made the first book so enjoyable The story picked up immediately from the previous book and really took off from here The Blade Itself introduced the main characters of the trilogy and brought them together in one superb scene towards the end of that book, before splitting them into three different plotlines in this sequel And each and every one of these subplots were so engaging to read.Firstly, and most of all, I utterly enjoyed spending time with all these characters well, maybe except for one I just couldn t get with Ferro Glokta and Logen were already well developed in their respective roles so it was just a matter of sitting back and watching them do what they do best, in a most entertaining manner West and Jezal, however, underwent significant development during the trials and tribulations beset on them Saddled with the unenviable job of managing the worst possible regiment of the King s Army in the Union s battle with the King of the Northmen, West demonstrated what he was capable of under tremendous stress and pressure And the person that emerged from all that surprised me on one level, and delighted me on another when he crossed a line that I d never thought he would but secretly hoped he will Jezal s growth was on a whole different league altogether Stuck on a long and perilous journey with the unlikeliest companions, the young and arrogant dandy was motivated to reconsider his priorities in life and world view His growing friendship with Logen was the highlight of his character arc for me.One thing I ve not mentioned in my prior review was the worldbuilding For some reason, I did not expect The First Law to be related to the world s mythology as I ve always had the impression that these books are highly military and political Well, I was not completely wrong, especially about the politics, but was instead pleasantly surprised with the mythological aspects of the worldbuilding As such, the journey that Logen and Jezal undertook with Bayaz and a few others, was my favourite subplot in this book Glokta s POV, as usual, was highly political While politics will never be a favourite of mine, I couldn t help but had a great time reading his chapters because he is such a compellingly complex and darkly funny character.Say one thing for Abercrombie, say that he excels in grimdark humour It s a fine balancing act to maintain the grimdark tone in the story while incorporating just the right dose of humour to keep it fun in spite of it Wry, sardonic humour aside, the award of possibly the funniest sex scene is undoubtedly Abercrombie s it s by far the least sexy and most awkward scene I ve ever read that was just as memorable as his characters.At the time of writing this review, I m already a third of my way into reading Last Argument of Kings, the final book of the trilogy These books are immensely binge worthy as the story flows very well from one to another Most of all, though, is that you just cannot get enough of the characters And that is why you would want to keep going back to them.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping Bookshop.Org Support Local Bookstores You can find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions. Well, let s be realistic about it, this book is awesome Disgusting, bloody, violent, hard, gritty, showing no mercy to anyone, murderous and hope shredding And yet, it is addictive and leaves you craving your next dose I am filled with adrenaline from reading it, but there are no rainbows and comfort foods on my mind I want some relief from the darkness and despair, but the only way to get it is by getting the next book and annihilating it no other way

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