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  • MP3 CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400168473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400168477
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,249,424 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


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blood Soaked Battle... 4 Mar 2011
Three Men. One Battle. No Heroes.

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie is a standalone novel set in the same world he created for the First Law trilogy. It follows the course of a single battle, over the period of three days, between the forces of the Union and the Northmen. The opposing armies have been dancing around one another for many months but in the valley of Osrung, they finally come together in a definitive clash.

There are three main characters in the novel. Firstly there is Bremer dan Gorst, a disgraced master swordsman fighting in the Union army. He is attempting to reclaim his place in his King's court and will stop at nothing in order to do so.

Next is Curden Craw, a lifelong soldier in the army of the Northmen. He has reached the age where the appeal of battle is swiftly receding. His nerves and knees are shot and he wants nothing more than peace.

Finally there is Prince Calder, considered a coward by many, he is only interested in power and how best to avoid getting involved in all the fighting. His father was once king of the Northmen and Calder continues to crave the throne.

It is fantastic to read and discover the metamorphosis of these men over the battles duration. Each are forced to face hard facts about themselves and I don't think any end up where they would have expected when the battle began.

The battle itself is a brutal, bloody, frenetic affair and nothing is sugar coated. Men are violently dispatched and little is left to the imagination. The action is merciless and I think the novel is all the better for it. Many readers will be used to a battle in a fantasy novel having an almost clinical description. Abercrombie doesn't write that way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No more heroes 3 Aug 2011
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Joe Abercrombie has become one of the UK's top fantasy writers after only 5 books. Many suggest he is similar to David Gemmell which I would not agree with, Gemmell's characters had a nobility and sense of right about them, Abercrombie's are lacking in a sense of nobility and justice and have the whole range of emotions and traits including many that are not at all nice.

So while Abercrombie does play in the Gemmell's genre of fantasy with swords and occasional sorcery, Abercrombie is strong on rich and often deliciously self serving characters spun into a violent and unforgiving world. His first three books, the First Law trilogy were a joy, followed up by a standalone novel set in the same world.

The Heroes is his fifth novel and it is an ambitious and unique take on the traditional fantasy battle story. The Heroes as a title is a clever sleight of hand - it refers to a circle of rocks on a hill, not any set of characters involved in the story. The Heroes are the central strategic goal for two opposing armies, The Union and the North and we see a battle over three days from the perspective of many of the participants. Abercrombie is making a few points here and turns the traditional fantasy battle on its blooded head, here there is no great evil to defeat or bigger picture, it's all a bit pointless. The loss of life for a small bit of ground was much like the trench warfare of WW1 with equally poor judgement and waste of life. There are no good guys or bad guys in this, just two opposing forces being slaughtered for nothing more than a pile of rocks. Wrapped in this mess we have a variety of strong and interesting characters and Abercrombie's trademark dialogue and banter.

It takes a while to get used to the vast cast but the effort is rewarded with a strong reminder as to how good a writer Joe Abercrombie is. Not for the fainthearted or those offended by earthy language though!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quest for lost heroes 6 May 2014
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Black Dow and the Northmen have becoming a thorn in the Union’s side. The Union is getting pushy and starting to encroach on land held by Black Dow. There’s only one way to settle this . . . FIGHT!!!
Craw and his dozen have been sent to secure a hill, crowned by ancient standing stones known as The Heroes, which is being held by some of the Dogman’s men. He manages to pull it off without violence. But neither he, nor his dozen are aware of how important that hill is going to be in the coming days, for the Union is marching all of its legions North.
Somehow Abercrombie has managed to take a simple concept as a war, and a pointless one at that, and turn it into a 500+ paged novel, and managed without even having any one main protagonist. What he does do is introduce a rogues gallery of fighters on either side of the war, so instead of one main story arc, we get six arcs that enjoy almost an even amount of page space. The North has its named men, with Black Dow, a charismatic but murderous leader, as their chief. Craw is the ‘I’m too old for this s***’ warrior that tries to the right thing in ever situation, whilst looking out for his crew; amongst whom are Whirrun of Bligh, a legendary warrior who carries the Father of Swords and Wonderful, the only female warrior who can hold her own against any of Black Dows men. Also on the Northmen’s side is Prince Calder, the scheming son of the former ‘King of the North’, who’s smirk and double-edged words only seem to land him in deeper waters. Then there’s Beck, a farm boy who has dreamed of earning a Name and following in his heroic father’s footsteps.
The Union is led by Lord Marshal Kroy, a seasoned general who takes the loss of men personally but is surrounded by sycophants and the King’s old drinking buddies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Luck & judgment
Well planned battle over three days giving both sides points of view with plenty of familiar characters ,but disappointed some of my other favorite characters didn't put in an... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lost boy
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Published 16 days ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
its Joe Abercrombie nuff said
Published 21 days ago by D Lacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful story great plot couldn't put down
Published 1 month ago by Mr. John Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Military Fiction set in a nominally Fantasy world
Some of the finest military fiction ultimately focuses on one battle. They might have other things happening later, but the crux of the novel is the build up to the battle, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book in good condition. Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by Dave Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book, original angle, great pace, strong characters, vivid fights and all set in one epic battle. Couldn't put this down.
Published 2 months ago by anon
3.0 out of 5 stars spot on
spot on
Published 2 months ago by gwilmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Abercrombie is as good as Morgan
If you liked a Song of ice and fire you will like this. Has some of the characters from the first law trilogy, which kept me gripped through all the books in that series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mickeyblues
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced, not up to his usual high standard.
Difficult to engage with the characters and the pace I thought was slow and tedious in places. Not many twists in the plot and it was a relief when I actually finished the book as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bannedrico
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