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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!

Product details

  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575132590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575132597
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,312,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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4 of 4 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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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only ever read 3 ? 25 May 2013
By Alan
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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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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 Need the nine! 14 April 2014
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Logan nine fingers you get back here!
The first book i had as an audio book from audible and it was awesome! introduced me to a new world with great voice acting!

but then books 2 and 3 i read and loved em! need another get to gether with ferro and logan though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend enough... 12 April 2014
By Gem
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Excellent work, if you enjoy fantasy this is a great read. Really very engrossing, the world is excellently sculpted and the characters are visceral and captivating. The story is told through different viewpoints and each side has a moral ambiguity that makes it unlike so many fantasy novels. Every character is full and multifaceted, there's no cardboard goodies and baddies. It's probably not for everyone, quite violent and gory, but for me it only adds to the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 23 Mar 2014
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This is an ok read, but not the best. Some of the characters are entertaining, particularly Glokta, Logen Ninefingers and Ferro, but the rest lack depth and blur a little too easily into each other. The plot was also a little rambling with the endgame seeming slightly contrived.
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Read it again in short order and yes it can be a bit sickening in places, but that's life in a violent society. I shall read it again and again as I grow even more ancient and enjoy it every time. Abercrombie's work can be revisited and something new derived from every chapter. Glokta and his perfidious assistants are to be treasured.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty nice 5 Mar 2014
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This is a pretty nice package. Books look and feel really good, which is always nice. I'm just half a away in second book. These are maybe not among the greatest of books, but nice and funny to read. Quite entertaining. Books are quite short so I recommend to buy all these at the same time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Dullsville
It promises so much but is too slow moving for me, yes I understand the components of the questing party do not care much for each other but get on with the story
Published 1 month ago by Fester
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good.
Excellent characters, humour, anger, loss, excitement, plus everything else. Story moves quickly without rushing. You learn enough about the characters to invest in them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Daran Gagin
5.0 out of 5 stars good
The books are great. They start off as a light fantasy and just keep getting darker and darker as the plot thickens and the main characters are not as heroic as they seem.
Published 2 months ago by MVA
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
The best story line I've read in a very long time. The way all characters and the world is described. Magic
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey Niblock
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic books!!!
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
This is a great fantasy trilogy, one of the best I read till now. I rate it with 5 stars and every fantasy fan should read all books from Joe Abercrombie.
Published 3 months ago by Pavol Kaduk
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy conclusion, just don't expect wish-fulfillment.
In the previous two instalments, whilst I liked the books a great deal, there seemed to be little overarching direction to the series, particularly in the non-event that was the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jaqaan
4.0 out of 5 stars First Law
A good read which keeps the reader interested throughout. All of the characters are interesting and develop as the story progresses.
Published 3 months ago by Richard
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