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This review is from: Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two: Book Two of the First Law (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
I read The Blade Itself, and thought it was a very good start to Abercombie's writing career. Before They Are Hanged is even better, and has left me eager for the last part of the trilogy, whilst at the same time hoping that it won't be the end of all the characters. I read the book when I was travelling away from home on business, and had only taken 2 books with me (this, and Tad Williams "Shadowplay" - thank goodness I had Abercombie's!!).
It helps if you have read the first book, but it is not absolutely imperative, as BTAH can quite easily be read by itself. The characters continue to develope lives of their own, and the Northerners (Dogman, Tul, Dow, and Grim) are almost a poor man's Bridge Burners/Bone Hunters - let's get them reunited with The Bloody Nine before too long, please!. Glokta continues to be a favourite anti hero, and presumably will have an even bigger part to play in everyone's lives in the final part of the story.
The style reminds me slightly of David Gemmell's, and for me that is a plus - not too 'clever' or long winded, and you get what it says on the packet - a rollicking good story, with a dash of dark humour thrown in. Keep it up Mr. Abercrombie, Sir, and remember not to kill off all the characters - keep some for a few spin off or 'prequel' novels when The First Law has come to an end. Take a leaf out of Erikson's book if necessary - if he can let the Bridge Burners become ascendant, rather than lose the characters, I'm sure you can think of something for The Bloody Nine (and his new best friend, Ferro???).