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 top him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It's 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 too painful, and turned his back on soldiering for a life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too, and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on someone.
While the King of the Union lies on his death bed, 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. But there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, after all, than to break the First Law.
©2008 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited
"I miss it already."
Just finished the 3rd in the First Law Trilogy. Where do i go now? Dammit but that was good. Didn't Adams have 5 books in his Hitch Hickers trilogy? Had a listen to Heroes but you'd miss the magic and skill of Pacey. I might just have to read that one. Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he's a damn fine writer.
I really enjoyed this trilogy - excellent writing and flawed characters whose lives you feel compelled to follow. However huge praise must also go to the narrator, who plays no small part in giving the world and its characters life. If only there was more to come about the Bloody-Nine......or is there???
"stunning, brutal, cant wait for more!"
the whole trilogy is not to be missed. a very raw and gripping story from start to finish. unlike many books, this has no periods of tedious narrating, it is gripping from first to last page. Characters that are so well defined it is easy to identify with them and understand them. i would say that any self respecting fan of fantasy must definanely read this series!
"Splendid finale to a fine trilogy"
What a super trilogy and I am very sorry that after 70 hours of listening it's all over.
Well if you are reading this I assume that you have read/listened to parts 1 and 2 (also on audible if you haven't and do listen in order) and want to know if part 3 measures up to the high standards as before. the answer is resoundingly yes. There is a lot more action in part 3 but the same strengths apply - very good writing, excellent plot and characters and quite brilliant narration by Stephen Pacey. I wont give a hint of how it all ends as that might spoil things; suffice it to say that the ending is quite in keeping with what has gone before!
A five star listen without a doubt.
"not your typical fantasy novel"
This book takes gritty realism to the fantasy genre. The point-of-view characters are all flawed in just the ways you'd expect of them living in this excellently described corrupt land. It manages to make heroes of of the vain, the uncaring and the bullies. Some struggle with their nature, trying to be better people, but never quite having the chance to.
It is a fantasy world devoid of the usual black and whites, and instead populated by utterly refreshing shades of grey.
I am use to rambling long epics (wheel of time being one that immediately comes to mind) and for this series to actually finish in 3 books was a novelty, but I was left wondering if this was a little rushed towards the end - there were so many paths that this book could have taken and at the end I was left with the feeling that the easiest route may have been taken.
All that said - a very enjoyable listen and good narration [except for the narrators "grimAcing"] which got very very annoying in this trilogy and make me wince each time the word was said.
"Brutal ending to a fantasy trilogy"
Having listened to the first two books in the trilogy I was slightly disappointed with the rushed ending to Last Arguement.
The narration by Stephen Pacey is first class as usual, with each character having a distinctive voice.
The first two books were paced very well and although they rattled along nothing felt rushed. The third book is very enjoyable but the last quarter could have been stretched to a fourth volume.
"A great series at an end"
I found myself getting very angry at the actions of some of the characters in this series. I was especially annoyed by Logen and Jezal. Which surprised me because these are not real people or real events; I had been sucked so willingly and completely into this world of Joe Abercrombie's that I found myself quoting his adages in real life.
Now, before you discount me as a weak minded idiot with a less than complete grip on reality (which my AD&D background would suggest as a fair criticism), I am also a fantasy enthusiast and would strongly advocate this series to other fantasy enthusiasts and others who simply like a good read. It is pass-me-my waterproofs-and-goggles gory in parts, and I think some of the sex scenes are written with a double side order of ham, but overall it was a brilliant series to listen to and I can't wait to listen to more.
I've already bought and am listening to Best Served Cold and have found the standard or writing and narration (Steven Pacey is excellent) is maintained. From someone who had never heard of Joe Abercrombie 3 months ago, I am now an avid fan and am very grateful to the reviewers who pointed me in his direction. God bless peer review and all who sail in her.
"Life really does suck"
This must have been the most unsatisfying ending I have ever come across. While this was an excellent fantasy trilogy and I do get it; the utter hoplessness of this final installment of the trilogy really does make the authors point. Hope is an illusion and things don't always work out the way you want them to. I do feel though that there could have been other ways to bring things to a better resolution and still make the point. As it is, i felt that the ending was very rushed and none of the characters threads were resolved. It almost feels like there should be a fourth book. I can't emphasize enough though what a great job Steven Pacey does with the narration. it has been absolutely brilliant throughout!
say one thing for Joe Abercrombe's writing.. say its repetitive
first book - amazing, loved almost every character, especially ferro
second book - equally good with a terrible ending!
this book - ferro, my fave character (although playing a big part at the end) is barely mentioned. also ive never read a book where ive ended up hating almost every single character to the point where i played this on double speed through most of it. and the ending was terrible.
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