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The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings by [Abercrombie, Joe]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 5954 KB
  • Print Length: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (August 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GU3ATPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I was looking for an engrossing fantasy to read after I finished Dancing with Dragons. A friend recommended Abercrombie, so I ordered his first trilogy on my new Kindle and jumped in.

Perfect timing. After suffering an attack of sciatica, I had to spend a lot of time in bed with my feet propped up. The First Law was better than painkillers.

The first book starts with a running battle, and as I got into the book, the characters became more interesting. Although I missed the depth and breadth of characterization in Game of Thrones, I was drawn into a similar labyrinth of deception and power struggles that rivals the game of thrones. The depiction of battle and bloodshed is superb, and Abercrombie actually develops the soul of one of his most powerful characters- The Bloody Nine- through rage and carnage. Like Game of Thrones, The First Law Trilogy develops deeply flawed characters who are both heroes and villains. Even Glotka, the mentally and physically twisted torturer of the Inquisition, becomes a compelling protagonist with whom we cannot help but sypmathize and even root for by the end of the story.

The First Law is less refined, and it does not develop as many rich characters as Game of Thrones, but it the characters it does develop are savage, diabolical and strangely sympathetic.
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What a read! Loved the boxed set of this wonderful story. Case is well designed and its color scheme is just perfect!
The books, well....what can you compare this to? The plot is a medieval "Dr. Strangelove" meets Richard the 3rd. The characters are as motley a crew as ever were assembled, but the crown jewel of the group is 'Glotka' who has to be the nearest thing to the love child of Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) and Edmund Blackadder. I found myself laughing like a loon as Glotka and his team of Torturers terrorised the inhabitants of several towns, all the while bemoaning the immorality of society - it has to be the blackest comedy written in years.
Highly, highly recommended.
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This was a fabulous series. I was a little hesitant based on the hokey title and abstract but all the good reviews pushed me over the edge. Boy am I glad. This was a really excellent book. It was good enough that I immediately read all the follow on novels as well (which were good but not quite as good). Abercrombe is creating a very rich and exciting fantasy world in this series. Great character development and excellent plot with both episodic satisfaction and grandiose multi-book stuff threaded through.

Highly recommended.
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Where oh where to begin. I liked this series, but it had potential to be so much better. From a lot of other reviews of this work I see glowing comments about Joe Abercrombie's writing style. This, to me, was the weakest point of the books.

Let's start with the positive.

Abercrombie wove a beautiful world with a great and complex story. Much of the world was barely touched on leaving room for many more stories in this world. There were many unique things about this world and story that made it a top notch unique Fantasy environment.

The characters were interesting and made you want to know more. I loved in the beginning how the book changed POV from chapter to chapter with different characters. It was a nice technique how each character had their own way of "speaking" with very different styles in their POV.

The negatives.

This character POV thing, though, also had a very negative downside. What seemed like a unique style for each character at first became VERY repetitive after a while. Each character's unique POV was like a one-hit-wonder that was used over and over and over and over. Glokta's continual "thoughts" interspersed between virtually each and every line of conversation. Logen's little sayings that he got from his father (it got to the point where I wanted to scream every time I saw another "You have to be realistic." or "Better to do a thing you hate than live with the fear of it.").

This repetitive nature of each character's POV made them seem very one-dimensional after a while.

The second big negative. The foreshadowing in the book is about as subtle as a brick in the face.
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Epic Fantasy - First law trilogy

In the famous Hindu epic Mahabharatha the Kauravas are vilified and the Pandavas are glorified as righteous and the god Krishna as the lynchpin around which the epic revolves. The righteous strive to be good and try to do the right thing.

Krishna is on their side and he does not care a rats ass to their righteousness . He just gets his way out by hook or crook. The author Vyasa dude simply justifies whatever Krishna does as "if god does, its for the greater good and therefore its the right thing to do." Meh..

As you keep reading the great epic again and again, you start peeling the layers and then it strikes you.. there are victors and losers and there are no good or bad people. There are only people and people only do things that serve their own purposes. All human deeds are simply manifestations of 'whats in it for me'.

Joe Abercrombie has woven an epic trilogy that is set almost on the lines of LoTR minus the ring. There are adventures, magic, man eating vampires, kings, knights and vain fools.The book fits the definition of a page turner to the T. It starts in the middle of a fight from page 1 and never stops.

While Joe's book has enough material for another 5 books, he has chosen to sacrifice it for the tautness that a trilogy offers. If you are a sucker for a good epic fantasy , you'll love this .

Be warned, there are no heroes, none! just like the real world.. there are only self serving B######s
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