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Last Argument of Kings (First Law: Book Three) Paperback – September 23, 2008
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The sword & sorcery trilogy that began with The Blade Itself (2007) and Before They Are Hanged (2008) comes to a violent, sardonic and brilliant conclusion. The shaky Union, menaced simultaneously by rampaging Northmen and by Gurkish invaders from the south, now must contend with intrigue and treachery in its capital, Adua. Summoned to play parts in a devastating confrontation between magical forces, conscience-ridden berserker Logen Ninefingers and honest, weary Union commander Colonel West come down from the north to meet painfully self-aware torturer Glokta, revenge-obsessed female warrior Ferro, pliable young adventurer Jezal and scheming, unscrupulous mage Bayaz. All these people are believable, especially as they dabble in grimly convincing magic and struggle to hear their consciences through the roar of carnage and betrayal. Abercrombie is a fresh new talent, presenting a dark view of life with wit and zest, and readers will mourn the end of this vivid story arc. (Sept.)
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"Abercrombie is a fresh new talent, presenting a dark view of life with wit and zest, and readers will mourn the end of this vivid story arc."
"You should always end with the best... Last Argument of Kings is the textbook example of this theory in practice. The third in Joe Abercrombie’s debut fantasy series, The First Law, reveals everything a finale should: conveys some answers, ties together the loose ends from various plot strands, knocks over pieces painstakingly set up in the preceding stories, and in the aftermath delivers the character development that surprises as well as delights. This series was always a swords-and-sorcery sequence that rejected the overwrought Tolkienesque myth building in favor of wry dialogue and tough, interweaving plotlines. Although it’s never a comedy, the author’s tongue lurks inside his cheek as he re-energizes the fantasy staples. "
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Do not read this book at night if you want to go to sleep.
I was so taken by the whole series and the author that I went out and bought his first book in the "World of the First Law" series called "Best Served Cold". And I paid $10 for it. I never do that. Only the daily kindle deals. But this guy, Abercrombie is incredible.
I have not read battle scenes that are in this book since I was reading Bernard Conrwell's The Saxon Tales Series.
Abercrombie can write. Plain and simple. Highly readable prose will have you turning these pages quickly, and often. Interesting and flawed characters will have you sympathizing, hoping, hating, cheering, and perhaps shedding a tear or two. Visceral and well-written action sequences will have you sweating, and have your eyes flying across the pages.
The First Law is hard to put down, and even harder I expect, to stop thinking about. I'm thrilled that he has written three more books in this world because I'm certainly not ready to be done.