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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,877,697 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

Standalone:

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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7 of 8 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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A very addictive book that I found hard to put down at times. It's a mixture of high fantasy - an ancient evil threatens the world, a powerful mage assembles a group of unlikely heroes to go on a quest for a magical artefact to help fight said evil - combined with the bloody ruthlessness and morally grey characters of modern 'gritty' fantasy. Although it switches between multiple POV characters, the different story arcs are all intriguing so the disappointment you feel at a chapter's end tends to last only as long as the next sentence.

What prevents me from giving this a 5, or even a 4, is the ending. One of the key elements of storytelling is that the characters themselves evolve as part of the story, that they learn from their experiences and are changed by them. This does not happen here. One character gains increased physical strength, one gains a few promotions but that's about it. In terms of character they remain unchanged from the start of the novel. It's frustrating as it cheapens everything that they've strived for throughout the entire trilogy and leads to a largely unsatisfying open-ended conclusion.

So it's a great read that will keep you enthralled for a long time, but it ends without a satisfying payoff.
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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 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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By Liam on 30 Jun 2014
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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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