- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (13 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575082011
- ISBN-13: 978-0575082014
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two: 2 Paperback – 13 Mar 2008
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Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out (Joe Hill)
Before They Are Hanged is an excellent sequel from an author writing compelling, character-driven, adult fantasy, for readers who want to be entertained as well as challenged. (SFF WORLD)
In my opinion, Joe Abercrombie possesses all the qualities that made David Eddings such a powerhouse during the 80s and 90s. Before They Are Hanged is a satisfying sequel which should establish Joe Abercrombie as one of the bright new voices of the genre. (FANTASY HOT LIST)
Before They Are Hanged grabs you and drags you along. (SFF SITE)
Dark, deeply ironic and full of character gems that will appeal to your cynical side, Before They Are Hanged is as brilliant as its predecessor. (John Berlyne SF REVU)
"We're right there in the heads of these dudes, thanks to the author's style of showcasing their thoughts. His knowing turn of phrase means that situations often appear ironic, with peripheral characters verging on the Dickensian. This follow-up is crammed with unexpected betrayals, murders and liaisons, often catching us off guard." (Dave Bradley SFX)
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Top Customer Reviews
The last book I enjoyed. This book I thoroughly enjoyed!
One of my fave narrators brings to life a colourful story full of real characters and exciting conflicts. Brutal battles and tormenting tortures mixed with hilarious relationships and fabulous settings. This series is building by the book, I can feel it, and I want more!
Love all of the POV characters, an absolute joy...
If I had to compare to another author I would say David Gemmell, the same fast paced style, almost punchy. BUT don't be put off by this, I am now reading them for the second time and I am still engrossed and rapidly powering through the books, yet more late nights as I read 'Just till the end of the Chapter!'
If you are looking for a new author and an entertaining read then buy this and its predecessor immediately! I can't wait for the third and long may Joe continue to put out books of this quality. As to the lack of a Map which has been brought up a couple of times I frankly don't miss it. I'd give the series six stars if I could.
There are few series out there that manage to deliver such incredible depth of characters, genuinely exciting storyline and yet still find ways to make you laugh regularly. Off the top of my head I can only think of one that has done this quite so well albeit with a very different storyline and in a completely different genre. Pacey here is the obvious link to Jussi Adler-Olsen's wonderful Department Q series but there's so much more to it than that.
The characters like Glokta for example, a twisted cripple, a husk of a man in constant pain, in turns deliciously evil and yet so human. The mingling of his thoughts with the main dialogue is a pure delight and no-one could do him much better than Pacey. He is portrayed so differently to the usual clichéd, pompous inquisitor types. He sees things for what they are and doesn't feign ignorance of things like the effects of rough treatment on a people. His assessments of the city of Dagoska and the people there demonstrate how well he is written.
The other characters too are richly drawn and I think that they are characters I will take to the grave with me, remembered long after others have faded back to the mud. Logan himself, Ferro, Giselle, so many to choose from and they take part in a much faster-moving and action-packed storyline in this instalment.Read more ›
There are three main plot threads in the book. In the Northlands, the Union Army prepares to face the forces under Beothed. They have enlisted the aid of Threetrees and his band of cutthroats and warriors, but Marshal Burr and Colonel West find their hands full with just keeping their feuding generals from each others throats and babysitting the preening, useless Prince Ladisla.
Meanwhile, in the South, the city of Dagoska falls under siege from the army of the Gurkhal Empire. Inquisitor Glokta, in the city to investigate the disappearance of his predecessor, finds himself orchestrating the defence of the city against a vast and powerful foe, but is also forced into making alliances with suspect agents in order to ensure the city's survival.
In the West, Bayaz and his band of unlikely companions continue their journey to the edge of the Circle of the World, to recover a weapon of tremendous power. Their journey will take them through the fallen remnants of the Old Empire, an ancient city and a towering mountain range before their goal can be achieved.
Abercrombie's story rattles along at a fair old pace. With the characters introduced, there is no more need for scene-setting and the plot explodes with vigour.Read more ›
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I received a paperback copy as a gift from a friend. Dark, gritty and intense - loved every minute of it; dare I say, better than the first book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allen M Werner
A great read - don't forget to order book 3 too because you'll have this read in no time. I couldn't put it down!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Equally as gory, action-packed, descriptive and occasionally funny as the first book. If the third book can live up to these first two I believe I will have found my favourite... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story. Good character development. Sets the stage well for Book 3. I'd recommend this book to Game of Thrones fans.Published 2 months ago by Cian Armitage
Even better than the first book. Great characters, really well written, THOROUGHLY enjoyable read. Can't wait for the next book.Published 3 months ago by Alexander m kelly
Took me a while to return to the First Law after The Blade Itself but I'm glad I did. Throughly enjoyed. A fantastic read. Onto book 3!Published 3 months ago by Daniel Wells
Well crafted world, with characters that you warm to. Moves a long at a good pace. End leaves you wondering what next for our characters.Published 3 months ago by Cearon O'Flynn