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  • Last Argument of Kings
  • Joe Abercrombie
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  • 08 March 2019
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Last Argument of KingsThe end is coming Logen Ninefingers might only have one 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 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 terrible, after all, than to break the First Law Wow Just finished, and that was a book that was just wow Made expectations, fulfilled them, broke them apart into little pieces and reassembled into a huge jagged collage of a work Amazing Glokta continues to be the character you would love to hate, except that he is the very essence of tortured humanity Jezal grows beyond a self involved ego into a man willing to stand for his beliefs except that he remains manipulated and somewhat ignorant of the extent to which he is played Logen un Wow Just finished, and that was a book that was just wow Made expectations, fulfilled them, broke them apart into little pieces and reassembled into a huge jagged collage of a work Amazing Glokta continues to be the character you would love to hate, except that he is the very essence of tortured humanity Jezal grows beyond a self involved ego into a man willing to stand for his beliefs except that he remains manipulated and somewhat ignorant of the extent to which he is played Logen unfortunately sees too manyappearances of The Bloody Nine, and it costs him almost everything even as he wins Commander West continues to lead with loyalty and strategy Everyone is so humanly flawed, admirable in their nobility and despicable in their actions at times Truly an impressive but uncomfortable work The dark side of fantasy, not because it delves into Evil with the capital E, but because it shows how choices and character continue to drive us, perhaps causing us to make the very same mistakes, or the choices we make when we have no choice at all Even the most unsympathetic of characters have their moments view spoiler The final scene between West and Glokta is tear worthy And it leaves us with the question, is Bayaz, the First of the Magi, any better than Mamun hide spoiler and so the excellent First Law trilogy concludes this was a splendid experience and certainly a hearty one as well many things to consider and many enjoyments to be had a full meal and quite a bitter feast at that.and here is the Last Argument of the title, succinctly delivered by the ferocious sorceror BayazPower makes all things right That is my first law, and my last That is the only law that I acknowledgeSPOILERS FOLLOWthis is a really marvelous series bold in intent, clear in and so the excellent First Law trilogy concludes this was a splendid experience and certainly a hearty one as well many things to consider and many enjoyments to be had a full meal and quite a bitter feast at that.and here is the Last Argument of the title, succinctly delivered by the ferocious sorceror BayazPower makes all things right That is my first law, and my last That is the only law that I acknowledgeSPOILERS FOLLOWthis is a really marvelous series bold in intent, clear in purpose, both a strikingly rigorous critique of the systems of power and a fun, fast paced adventure that turns expectations around narrative characterization upside down it is not perfect the most egregious fault is a certain shallowness in the dialogue many lines read as if they are coming from a particularly snarky tv sitcom i do not like but that fault, and other minor ones, pales in comparison to all the positives of the trilogy.the first book basically functions as a a prologue indeed, in other books, the entirety of the action in that book would probably have been dispensed with in a chapter or two but The Blade Itself sees the building of character and the constructing of a strong foundation for its overarching narrative as key to its design, and so The Blade Itself sticks in the memory as one of the most in depth introductions to the action that i ve experienced a bold move i like the second book is where all the action is at but man does Abercrombie fuck with reader expectations in Before They Are Hanged there are two primary narrative threads in the second book a Quest for a Band of Adventurers and the Defense of a City Under Siege for such a contrastingly to the first book action packed novel, the decisions of how to end these two adventures is rooted in the need to illustrate failure so much so that the novel functions as a sardonic critique and attack on the use of Quests and City Sieges in fantasy the Quest goes nowhere nothing is gained and the whole thing is pointless the Defense of a City fails good people are slain, a city is taken, and then the hero is rewarded for doing a good job in drawing out the Siege his actual failure being preordained by his loathsome masters truly a a kind of rough justice in terms of reader expectations for classic narrative pleasures i like.Last Argument is likewise determined to smack the reader upside the head with their own complacent desires this happens in two distinct ways 1 showing the true darkness at the heart of its sometimes rather loveable characters and 2 giving the novel s various narrative threads some of the bitterest versions of happy endings that i ve experienced.to the first goal, it is important to point out what Abercrombie did in the second book he made his characters highly appealing their courage loyalty cleverness are highlighted and they are given amusing character traits to make them charmingly down to earth they grow and they do brave things and the novel shows that they can be better human beings, if given the opportunity the third book is counting on the reader to remember those positive little bits all the better to sting that reader when they are reminded of these characters true natures the only person who escapes unscathed is the most unloveable character of all the savage and bloodthirsty Ferro, who is my own favorite character other characters do not make it out with their loveability intact Logan the berserker barbarian s stomach turning past is actually explored with an emphasis on his various mindless atrocities and, most importantly, we are given a scene where we witness Logan s terrifying alter ego do truly horrible things my God, he cuts a child in half he becomes distinctly un loveable after that little bit and the same goes for the rest anti heroes who Abercrombie set up to be surprisingly sympathetic are given their chance not to shine, but to molder Glokta tortures innocent people that he knows are innocent, simply because he is following orders Jezal overindulges his tendency towards frustrating ditheriness Ardee becomes a self pitying, self loathing lush Black Dow, Frost, and Severard betray those who have given them trust Quai is shown to be a foul imposter and most stark at all, Bayaz the Eccentric Magician is shown to have the true colors of a classic megalomaniac, uncaring of who he hurts kills, primarily interested in maintaining his authority, a liar and a bully and a murderer, contemptuous of all who do not share his goals, and willing to do literally anything to further those goals and gainpower Bayaz the Eccentric Magician the only character who seeks to truly protect a kingdom against the powers of darkness turns out to be the darkest monster of them all i like.to the second goal well, i don t want to do what i did above, and list the viciously ironic happy endings delivered on all the remaining characters one example will suffice a Happy Marriage for a king and his new bride a happy ending where a lesbian is forced to pretend to be deliriously happy to bed her man night after night or else her lover, a stalwart lady in waiting, will be tortured and killed a happy ending where the naive new king is so pleased with his wife s change of heart that he never questions how that radical change of heart occurred he finds her crying at the window each night after a session of lovemaking well, it must be because she is homesick the cumulative effect of all of Abercrombie s bleakly sardonic decisions is one that gave me a hollow, depressed feeling and yet i was thoroughly engaged and challenged by each of his decisions i felt attacked i felt like the rug was pulled out from under me i felt as if all that i held to be important and meaningful were simply false constructs based on lazy thinking and a complacency with what i have automatically considered as good , as right being challenged like that is a rare thing i like ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Say one thing for this reviewer, say she s a weak minded sucker.She really enjoyed the first two books of Joe Abercrombie s The First Law trilogy This story was original, had a unique style, fascinating characters, and a darkly cynical style She liked it It was fresh But she was kind of hoping, even daring to expect, that the last book, Last Argument of Kings, might have an ending that was, if not perhaps exactly happy, at least somewhat satisfying.Unf ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Say one thing for this reviewer, say she s a weak minded sucker.She really enjoyed the first two books of Joe Abercrombie s The First Law trilogy This story was original, had a unique style, fascinating characters, and a darkly cynical style She liked it It was fresh But she was kind of hoping, even daring to expect, that the last book, Last Argument of Kings, might have an ending that was, if not perhaps exactly happy, at least somewhat satisfying.Unfortunately, Last Argument of Kings wasrealistic than happy Hooray, some might say a realistic ending But realistic is not what this reader reads fantasy for For three books she read about people s heads being chopped off, painful body parts clicking, toothless gums being sucked at, pain, wasting disease, bodies being cleaved in half,pain, betrayal, torture, treason, tyranny, loveless marriages, abusive fathers and brothers, miscarriage, alcoholism, prejudice,pain Lots of pain It has to get better, right Alas, no There just wasn t enough redemption to balance all of the pain A couple of characters becamenoble they couldn t have become less so , but their triumphs were outweighed by the degradation of other characters It was all just kind of depressing.Besides that, there really wasn t anything new in Last Argument of Kings The story ends for better or for worse , but there was none of the freshness that was so exciting in The Blade Itself The writing is well above average, but not brilliant, and it certainly wasn t pretty.What she s trying to say is The First Law is an entertaining and well written story for someone who isthe cynic than the optimist But it left this reviewer feeling icky Very icky ReadJoe Abercrombie book reviews at Fantasy Literature Disappointing This book probably deserves better than two stars, but I just can t bring myself to call it good, because I didn t really enjoy it even though I read it fairly quickly Don t get me wrong it s interesting enough, and the characters are still vaguely engaging, and there s plenty of action By all means, the formula is there even though it does feel a little bit tired.So what s the problem I guess I was just hoping Abercrombie would be able to salvage some of his characters and Disappointing This book probably deserves better than two stars, but I just can t bring myself to call it good, because I didn t really enjoy it even though I read it fairly quickly Don t get me wrong it s interesting enough, and the characters are still vaguely engaging, and there s plenty of action By all means, the formula is there even though it does feel a little bit tired.So what s the problem I guess I was just hoping Abercrombie would be able to salvage some of his characters and bring the story to a satisfying conclusion, but frustratingly, most of the characters end up less likeable at the end than they were at the beginning, and the book s conclusion feels loose and sloppy.I m okay with a no good and no evil sort of world, with ambiguous heroes, but for crying out loud, Abercrombie can t seem to come up with a sympathetic character, or any sort of heroic progression His characters are in turn spineless, self centered, vengeful, ruthless, feckless, and amazingly passive Unlikeable in the extreme Logen seems to be a completely different character from one book to the next, Ferro is static, Glokta becomes boring can he stop tonguing his gums for a page or two, please , and Jezal crumples into a worthless sack of dookie By the end of the book, there was not a single character I was rooting for, and I really didn t care whether they lived or died In fact, I was kind of hoping they would die, since then there wouldn t be any sequels Whatever happened to characters like Elric of Melnibone, Raven of the Black Company, Caine, Tyrion Lannister, Riddick, et al The humor seems to have disappeared by the third book, as well This is too bad, since humor actually makes the characters a lotsympathetic.There is also some odd plotting The logic of Bayaz is baffling why exactly is he spending so much effort to build an empire when he could have accomplished his goals with a lot less hassle he is, after all, incredibly rich and powerful and all that And why does he show so little interest in his empire Not even a hint of pride What s the point In the end, that s what I came to What exactly was the point of the story Oh well Maybe I ll pick up another book by Abercrombie someday, but not any time soon The end of this series is a cleverly crude mirroring of it s opening, and it s just so damn hilarious I m saying noregarding that, but Abercrombie never fails to make me laugh Logan Nine fingers is such a great character he really is the strongest aspect of this seriesYou can never have too many knives, his father had told him Unless they re pointed at you, and by people who don t like you muchHis wise courage allowed him to defeat the impossible Only he would have survive The end of this series is a cleverly crude mirroring of it s opening, and it s just so damn hilarious I m saying noregarding that, but Abercrombie never fails to make me laugh Logan Nine fingers is such a great character he really is the strongest aspect of this seriesYou can never have too many knives, his father had told him Unless they re pointed at you, and by people who don t like you muchHis wise courage allowed him to defeat the impossible Only he would have survived such an ordeal Abercrombie sure knows how to write an excellent battle sequence, but the one on one combat at the end of the book is a whole new level of gripping It was tense It was exciting And it felt like it could have gone either way Every stroke of the sword was vital One wrong move and it was over The odds were against Logan he faced a terrible foe, but Logan is a survivor He has been through so much in his life, and he will continue to face his enemies until he falls He is unshakable His proficiency for killing grants him a new beginning by the end He is in a position where he could go anywhere and be anyone It will be interesting to see how far the character goes in the future Now I ve of course read Red Country but I want to see Logan after that I hope one day that we finally get to see his end, whatever that may be I think we need to because at the moment Logan s story is far from over An origin story would also be quite good We know the basics of where he came from, but to read about it all would be great Strong endings all roundPower makes all things right That is my first law, and my last That is the only law that I acknowledgeLogan is not the only great character in this series Sand dan Glokta stands amongst my favourite characters in all fantasy fiction He is on par with Tyrion Lannister in his wit, cynicism and intelligence He is the unsung hero He is the cripple the man twisted with rage and despair, but he also pulls through it and continues to serve his country despite his many personal daemons He finally gets his due, one deserved and one justified Perhaps As I said with Logan, I would love to see a reprisal of this character His newest novels The Shattered Sea trilogy whist in themselves quite good, simply are not on par with his first trilogy The tone isn t the same The story is not as good So I think a return to this world is in order, hopefully some time soon The First Law Trilogy1The Blade Itself A bloody four stars2Before They are HangedA gritty four stars3The Last Argument of Kings A strong four stars Okay, so here s the thing with this book and why I gave it no stars 1 It s the third and final volume in a trilogy that up to this book was pretty much as good as fantasy gets good characterizations, egaging plot, nice overall writing style, etc etc etc.1a I specifically liked the first two because they were surprisingly nasty, not dark mind you no brooding emo heroes of the night , nasty.1b Nasty isn t meant sexually either, incidentally, in case you were flashing to Janet Jackson right Okay, so here s the thing with this book and why I gave it no stars 1 It s the third and final volume in a trilogy that up to this book was pretty much as good as fantasy gets good characterizations, egaging plot, nice overall writing style, etc etc etc.1a I specifically liked the first two because they were surprisingly nasty, not dark mind you no brooding emo heroes of the night , nasty.1b Nasty isn t meant sexually either, incidentally, in case you were flashing to Janet Jackson right then.2 All of that remains true for this book I think it s important to know that no actions or events in this book are implausible given what s happened before or are unbelievable to the characters as written to this point.SPOILER ISH3 Man, everything goes to shit and everyone dies or is fucking miserable forever is what happens here in book three 4 And that turns out to be the point of it all, the philosophy the series intends to convey That everyone is a total shit and you will die and death will be awful and degrading, but that s what life s like anyway so who cares 4a I think it s because that s the IT of the series that I found the book so dispiriting and also retroactively ruinous of the first two, which I no longer particularly like knowing what they d lead to 4b Which makes me worry a little that I ve turned into Pollyanna No Unhappy Endings let s have some cookies and hugs.4b i Or even worse, someone who requires moral edification in entertainment.5 I am going to resist those ideas about myself, even as I struggle to figure out why this is so repugnant to me, why I feel so almost offended by this book I guess because this ending seems as trite as one where everyone wins and has cookies and hugs, only looking for some deeper credibility by instead of cookies it s slavery instead of hugs it s sharp pointy sticks being jabbed in various orifices It ends up not TRYING to say anythingthen the easiest black or white thing it could say, and it s even worse when you have this feeling the author COULD HAVE DONE BETTER This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here As the Gurkish march on Adua, Bayaz schemes to defeat them, Jezel discovers his secret parentage, and Glokta tries to learn things no one wants him to know Meanwhile, the Northmen are holed up in a fortress in the hills with Bethod s army at their gate, waiting for the Union army to arrive Will they arrive in time Is even Bayaz enough to defeat the Gurkish Apart from my Dark Tower reread of 2011, It s been a long time since I read the final book in a fantasy series I guess re reading the Elr As the Gurkish march on Adua, Bayaz schemes to defeat them, Jezel discovers his secret parentage, and Glokta tries to learn things no one wants him to know Meanwhile, the Northmen are holed up in a fortress in the hills with Bethod s army at their gate, waiting for the Union army to arrive Will they arrive in time Is even Bayaz enough to defeat the Gurkish Apart from my Dark Tower reread of 2011, It s been a long time since I read the final book in a fantasy series I guess re reading the Elric books was the last time and probably Amber before that The Last Argument of Kings, final book in the First Law trilogy, is way up in the series ender hierarchy.The manure hits the windmill in a serious fashion in this volume Several pretty important characters die The rest of them have their lives change in real ways Who would have Jezel dan Luthar and Logen Ninefingers would wind up kings Or what would happen after they did Glokta and Bayaz were by far the most captivating characters in this volume Glokta shocked me time and time again and I m still not sure if Bayaz slew his mentor or not, only that he has his fingers in most of the pies in the bakery All the revelations toward the end blew my mind.There are so many things I want to gush about in this volume, like Bayaz using the Seed against the Eaters, Glokta marrying Ardee West, and the fight between The Bloody Nine and the Feared I knew the confrontation was coming as soon as the Feared was introduced and I was pretty sure of his weakness I just didn t picture the battle to be so brutal.The character development over the course of the three books was pretty damn amazing considering where Jezel, Logen, and the rest started The ending was the icing on the cake.Like I said in my reviews of the other books, people compare these books to George R.R Martin but they aren t that similar other than the brutal deaths The First Law is waylike Pratchett This particular volume reminds me of Watchmen quite bit when the heroes find out just how thoroughly they ve been jerked around.Five blood drenched stars That s all I have to say Abercrombie has been titled as Lord Grimdark for years now I truly believe that Last Argument of Kings is majorly responsible for thisRound and round in circles we go, clutching at successes we never grasp, endlessly tripping over the same old failures Truly, life is the misery we endure between disappointmentsLast Argument of Kings is the third and final book in The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie Every plot lines from the first two books lead to the revelations and bru Abercrombie has been titled as Lord Grimdark for years now I truly believe that Last Argument of Kings is majorly responsible for thisRound and round in circles we go, clutching at successes we never grasp, endlessly tripping over the same old failures Truly, life is the misery we endure between disappointmentsLast Argument of Kings is the third and final book in The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie Every plot lines from the first two books lead to the revelations and brutal conclusion in this installment The story picks up immediately from where Before They Are Hanged left off, and it has come full circle Depending on your perspective, Last Argument of Kings is either bittersweet, depressingly bleak or in between I personally think it s the latter Abercrombie writes as if he s a maestro of death and hopelessness If you re hanging on the edge of a cliff, Abercrombie will give you a dangling rope to save you but when you use that rope to save yourself from falling, he annihilates your hopes by using that rope to strangle you when you re at the top Yet, I must say that it is precisely for this unforgiving realism that I end up considering Last Argument of Kings as my favorite book in the series Picture Last Argument of Kings by Alexander PreussBy this point of the book, I think it s safe to assume that you like me have grown very attached to the utterly memorable characters, although some of the side character s story continues in the next standalone trilogy of the series, this is where the main story arcs for the six POV characters ended Abercrombie has expertly weaved a tale that exhibited a harsh truth despite insanely hard works and virtuous intentions, things may not go our way just because of one cruel reason life isn t fair Don t come into this series expecting a happy conclusion, you re not getting one In my opinion, none of them reached what readers usually consider as a satisfying happy ending Expect an unflinchingly brutal series and it s highly probable that this trilogy will go down as one of your favorite series because what Abercrombie does well, he does extremely wellI have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes The one thing I never learn is to stop making themSpeaking of the things that Abercrombie does well, the action scenes of this book were top class Out of all the grimdark fantasy series I ve read, when it comes to close quarter combat, Abercrombie s First Law and Jeff Salyards Bloodsounder s Arc always come to my mind immediately for many good reasons Abercrombie conjured tempestuous war scenes within this book We ve seen glimpses of the deadly magic of the series in the previous two books, but Last Argument of Kings displayed the cataclysmic potential of the magic The action sequences were bloody, brutal, and merciless This is by far the most action packed and explosive installment of the trilogy, even if I were to include all the books published in series so far within my assessment this includes The Heroes I d still put Last Argument of Kings above all of them both in terms of quality and quantityTravel brings wisdom only to the wise It renders the ignorantignorant than everThe war scenes were incredible but if I were to choose one main highlight of the book, to my mind it would have to be the duel scene Back when I first read it years ago, I immediately thought that it was phenomenal on my reread, I still feel the same way about it Abercrombie painted a devastating scene that s incredibly vivid within the circle of death where chaos was unleashed It truly felt like I was there, I could hear the sound of swords clashing into metal, I saw bloodshed in the heart hammering trade of skills and deathblows that made the decisive duel unforgettable Abercrombie has outdone himself in this particular scene, I ve read many fantasy novel that features an incredible duel scene I can vouch that the clash of death featured here together with the one in The Sword of Kaigen by M.L Wang are simply the best duel scene I ve ever read in a fantasy novel It was THAT goodYou can never have too many knives, his father had told him Unless they re pointed at you, and by people who don t like you muchLast Argument of Kings is grimdark fantasy at its best, simple as that I loved this book on my first read, and I m gratified to say that I still love it on my reread maybe evenAbercrombie is a fantastic writer and storyteller his capability in creating cinematic scenes that are brutal, philosophical, at times hilarious, and incredibly vivid established him as a top tier author in the genre For years now, his books have often be recommended as a must read series for grimdark fantasy enthusiast this longevity of recommendation can appear only if your series receive a world wide qualification and reputation, one that Abercrombie has certainly achieved If you somehow haven t read this series, consider fixing that mistake now That s allIf you want to be a new man you have to stay in new places, and do new things, with people who never knew you before If you go back to the same old ways, what else can you be but the same old personSeries Review The Blade Itself 4.5 5 stars Before They Are Hanged 5 5 stars Last Argument of Kings 5 5 stars The First Law trilogy 14.5 15 stars You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Last Argument of Kings is one of the best final books of a trilogy I ve ever had the pleasure of reading actually, scratch that, it s one of the best books I have EVER read Seriously, it had moments of laughter, scenes that were so tense I was biting my nails and shocks that had me staring into the darkness of my palms as my hands covered my face I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes The one thing I never learn is to stop making them Before They Are Hanged, Book 2 of t Last Argument of Kings is one of the best final books of a trilogy I ve ever had the pleasure of reading actually, scratch that, it s one of the best books I have EVER read Seriously, it had moments of laughter, scenes that were so tense I was biting my nails and shocks that had me staring into the darkness of my palms as my hands covered my face I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes The one thing I never learn is to stop making them Before They Are Hanged, Book 2 of the First Law was a masterpiece, and Last Argument of Kings completes the trilogy superbly Bethod, King of the Northmen is a constant threat and there s only one man who prevent him from conquering the Union, yeah you guessed it, our guy Logen Ninefingers As Logen is facing the minor task of defeating a whole army, Superior Glokta is up to his usual tricks of torture and blackmail in the capital There isof a personal mission for Glokta this time around as it quickly dawns on him that there s only so many power hungry lords he can continue to keep smiling Jezal dan Luthar is back in the capital seeking to let go of the life he once loved, of fame, women, gambling, to focus on beginning a family with the woman he loves, but can it really be that simple Again I m sure you ve guessed the answer to that one In true Abercrombie style, nothing is ever simple you have to be realistic about these things Also, book 3 brings about the true discovery of who Bayaz is, our questions are answered and he really comes into his own I ll leave it as that It s hard to be done a favour by a man you hate It s hard to hate him so much afterwards Losing an enemy can be worse than losing a friend, if you ve had him for long enough One thing I love about Joe s writing is just how clear each distinct voice is You really know who the POV is from just after reading one sentence and I find that rare, especially one with multiple POVs The characters are so quotable, with fantastic lines of speech and thoughts, it s top quality writing Each character has ample moments to shine which is exactly what you want in a final entry of a series, I felt so satisfied after finishing Last Argument of Kings not to mention THAT ending It was one of those few wide eyed panic infusing moments that had me desperate for just onechapter The only difference between war and murder is the number of dead Within Last Argument of Kings is one of the best duels ever Abercrombie writes action so well, so brutally full of gore I felt the cuts, the burn of muscles, the panic of battle and the euphoria of victory The Bloody Nine has some of his best scenes to date here and they gave me the chills, as did Logen s father s sayings about war What I also love about The First Law is the balance of characters Not every character needs to be or is a legendary sword wielding beast of a man who smashes his way to victory Sure it s good fun to read but there s none of that here The character s find their own way to take on battles, literally and metaphorically Rules are for children This is war, and in war the only crime is to lose I also love how much depth there is to all of the characters even secondary ones such as The Dogman, Black Dow, Ardee and Arch Lector Sult There were sections of non stop action without much pause for breath, and there were other passages of the calm, allowing us to really get into the characters and understand them evenThere were touching scenes in the Last Argument of Kings that added so much to the story and the way I felt about the characters which I find very rare in a grimdark story You can never have too many knives, his father had told him Unless they re pointed at you, and by people who don t like you much 5 5 I m sure you can tell how much I loved this and The First Law I would recommend this trilogy to anyone who likes reading Or just everyone If fantasy is your thing then this is a must read, and if fantasy isn t your think then this is a brilliant starting place to highlight just how amazing it can be when written well Mr Abercombie, I salute you I hope to see the likes of The First Law again


About the Author: Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004 It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.