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The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings [Paperback]

Joe Abercrombie
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30 Aug 2012 First Law
The critically acclaimed, award nominated trilogy from Sunday Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie is available in a stunning box set for the first time. A perfect gift, and a must-have for collectors, this beautiful box contains all the vibrancy, drama and excitement you could wish for. Quality fiction, a fantastic package and a brilliant price!

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  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575132590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575132597
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,617,551 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


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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only ever read 3 ? 25 May 2013
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If you only ever read 3 fantasy books ?. the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre isn't for everyone but this Trilogy is so much more than mere Fantasy. The books are full of characters that you are never quite sure whether to like them or loathe them ( Black Dow, brilliant ), there are no bona fide heroes as such,( well not to my mind anyway ) but that's part of the reason that makes this Trilogy so good. The complexities of the characters and the plots and wisecracks throughout make it compelling reading, the main characters are so strong and interesting that it make take 15 books or so to reach a conclusion. I have read the 5 books ( THE HEROES, BEST SERVED COLD ) by Joe Abercrombie and they are up there with the best Fantasy/Sci-Fi books ever written.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... Until the end 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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2.0 out of 5 stars And odd read. 1 Aug 2014
By Bert
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I got 100 pages in and just gave up. I didn't care what was happening to, or was going to happen to any of the characters. And that's a bit of a problem in a novel! I also had no idea where it was going. It was like a collection of disparate scenes without any sort of cohesive plot to hold them together. Barbarian in a fight. Crippled veteran being mean to someone. Rakish fop fencing. Barbarian in another fight. Crippled veteran being mean to another person. Rakish fop still fencing... again?! And so on. Maybe it gelled later on, but I was past caring. If you like old school fantasy I'd steer clear of this. The writing style is extremely contemporary, applied to a fantasy setting - which I'm all for! But somehow it just didn't work. Maybe I'll give it another go one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great books. They were delivered by Speedyhen 12 Aug 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply GREAT 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A new fantasy voice worth reading 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant fantasy 30 Jun 2014
By Liam
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Top notch series. How hadn't I heard of this before. Highly recommended. Good story, hard nosed and likeable characters (even when they shouldn't be)
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5.0 out of 5 stars smooth read!
Read it quickly, interesting characters but didn't quite enjoy the after taste.
If you like the sort it's excellent! True suggestion for fantasy fans
Published 2 days ago by Marios
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
husband liked it, excellent characters, a bit too bloody for my taste
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wonderful story great plot couldn't put down
Published 14 days ago by Mr. John Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant read with what would be traditional hero's in other stories have real flaws marking but all the more interesting.
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I recommend it
Published 19 days ago by Sniffy
5.0 out of 5 stars The first law trilogy boxed set
Fantastic. Surely cannot be the end. Waiting to read the next book. Will it be the same people in it or perhaps not.
Published 1 month ago by rita davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, strange ending ...
The characters are not black and white. You actually do not know during the entire book who to "cheer for". The ending was bit surprising and weird. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tereza
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An excellent series so good I couldn't stop till I'd read the whole series through.
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Was very good, after finishing all 3 books if I could turn back time knowing what I know now, I would still have bloody bought it... a Damn fine read
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