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The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings Paperback – 30 Aug 2012


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  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575132590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575132597
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,039,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

UK fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings, as well as the standalone fantasy Best Served Cold.

Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, and his daughters Grace and Eve. He still occasionally edits concerts and music festivals for TV, but spends most of his time writing edgy yet humorous fantasy novels.

Here are the First Law Trilogy in series order:

The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
The Last Argument of Kings

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Best Served Cold

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Book Description

A beautiful box set containing SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author Joe Abercrombie's epic fantasy trilogy: THE BLADE ITSELF, BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED and LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joe Abercrombie is a former freelance film editor turned full time Sunday Times bestselling author. He lives in Bath with his family.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stressed Mike on 28 Oct. 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed these books, could hardly put them down at one point. Barely noticed it was a trilogy, one book just flowed into another, without the normal reintroduction to the plot that you normally get with multi part novels. I loved all the characters, found the story enthralling, fast paced and action packed, and the writing style suited me perfectly (detailed, but not over descriptive). Then I got to the final chapters, and it all fell apart. The main themes suddenly end with very little explanation or detail, plot holes are hurriedly filled with out of place 'twists', and the character stories finish at best implausibably, or more often with no conclusion at all. I can't tell if the author was planning more books so leaving his options open, or simply reached the publishers word count and wrapped things up ASAP. Either way it left me feeling disappointed and cheated, and turned a 5 star epic into a 3-4 star decent effort. What a shame
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Collins on 16 Feb. 2015
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Abercrombie has become my favourite author. The first Law is the best fantasy series I have read. (That Includes GoT and LoTR)

The characters are just amazing, I really cared about each one of them, especially Glokta.

Many reviews seem unhappy there was no Disney happy ending, but I think I like that.
(SPOILER) I wonder what happened to Salt in that room, I wonder if Logan ever found Ferro (assuming he survived), how long can Glokta (My favorite) remain Arch Lector with so many enemies.

I'm relived there are more Abercombie books for me to move onto, I'm not looking forward to running out.
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I had just finished the Game of Thrones series and the Wheel of time series and was looking to get my teeth into a smaller but still meaty series. A number of my friends recommended this and I thought it was worth a go.
I'm really enjoying the story, I've got into the characters all of whom are very different, hateful, lovable and laughable at most times, it's really well written and although I admit it took me a little bit to get going with the story I am now hooked.
Really enjoyable - heartily recommend it.
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Great books. They were delivered by Speedyhen. Not sure if they're hens, but they're certainly speedy - ordered on a Thursday evening and received the next Saturday morning. Anyway, if you fancy a good story with lots of political intrigue/violence/other-worldliness then these are the books for you. Abercrombie manages to entwine the characters' stories, and makes them compelling and enthralling.
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By Mikey on 6 Jan. 2014
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Read these myself a while back - had to buy them for my brother, who has read every fantasy book under the sun and knows his stuff. Last night he sent me a text message to say "Half way through the first book, I like it so far." In my experience this high praise. Job done.

I loved these books, couldn't put them down. If you like good action and fantasy, you'll love these too!
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By G Townsend on 23 Aug. 2014
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A really great read. Lots of sword but not too much sorcery. Just enough. Hugely devious in the movement of his characters. all of them are anti-heroes, heroines in their own rite. Would be better than Crown of thorns, if ever made into a film. if it does PLEASE get the proper actors for the appropriate roles. From a happy reader.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ad Cameron on 9 Jun. 2013
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It is so difficult to find fantasy novels that are not derivative or superficial. This is the first I have come across in a long while that is unique and inventive and fun. It has the adult sensibilities of the Game of Thrones series without the soapish claptrap. You will lose your heart to every character, even the sadistic, sociopathic torturer! A must read of the genre.
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By Amazon Customer on 15 July 2014
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Recommended by a friend and I a great read. Good to have all the books together.
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