The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings
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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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A word of warning though, it is really gory in places so if you don't have the stomach for it this isn't for you.
As the story continues beyond the climax, there is inevitably huge expectation. For surely the only reason to continue in this fashion is to tie-up character arcs, to give meaning to the whole adventure? Its annoying but, without giving away spoilers, each concluding chapter is deeply dissatisfying. You have become so involved with these characters over the course of three books that you just want to know their final destination. Every ending, to every character arc - whilst in a sense true to the story - feels like it breaks the covenant between author and reader. We expected more than this, dammit! The characters entirely dictate the story's direction, with a stubborn refusal to allow a guiding hand to shape the narrative into something more affecting. I've never experienced an author who is so utterly ruthlessness in his treatment of his characters before, a trait which is both wonderful and terrible. In those post-script chapters, when you WANT a little comforting cliche, Joe Abercrombie chooses to confound expectations in his usual manner with something less prosaic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent storyline keeping pace throughout. Characters you can love for their strength s and frailities. Just great., Will have to read the next issuePublished 22 days ago by Siadwel
I rate this book so highly because of its defying of the norm. Having tried to write 'realistic' original fantasy myself I can only be impressed with the flow and characters of a... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mask
Super read. Couldn't put it down. Well thought out creative and interesting characters. Just enough humour and cheer to keep the reader engaged.Published 1 month ago by Ciaran Purcell
A mate said I should check this out and he wasn't wrong. A great read and will be checking out much more from Joe Abercrombie.Published 2 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the ride and has tided me over until you know what is released! Will try the offshoots from this series to keep up with some of the charactersPublished 3 months ago by hndbrk
Superior fantasy trilogy with great characterisation, fast-paced action and a sky-high body count. The main characters are very human - not good, not bad, just flawed, scarred... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caroline Spence