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4.0 out of 5 stars
The Blate Itself it actually isn't, 7 Jun 2009
I could hardly wait for this book to be published. I considered the The Blade Itself to be a masterpiece and the 2 subsequent books to be almost as good, and so it was with much relish I opened up the package last thursday morning.
It behoves me to say that I enjoyed it immensely but was still left disappointed at what it didn't do for me. I wasn't as engaged with the characters as I was with his first books, there was a coldness to them that left me equally cold and they were less "likeable" than Logen et al. Not likeable in the sense that they were nice and pleasent, likeable in the sense that you actually cared what happened to them, When Cosca was "killed" there wasn't a twinge of feeling, that's not what Joe Abercrombie is about for me.
I think this book was rushed and probably might have been been better if it had been a trilogy or at least a two volume story. Give the characters more time to get under your skin.
If this had been Abercrombie's first book, I would have said that this was a brilliant debut. But he set the bar so high for himself with The Blade Itself that it was always going to be a case of "the difficult second album".
I still rate him as one of the best in the business and when in years hence we look back at his (hopefully) large body of work, we might not rate this in the top echelon.
I will still buy everything he produces, but hope that each one will be as good as his debut, unfortunately it's a tough act to follow and this effort just doesn't make it by a bit.