- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (12 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575084162
- ISBN-13: 978-0575084162
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Last Argument Of Kings: The First Law: Book Three Paperback – 12 Mar 2009
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The best in the trilogy, Joe Abercrombie literally kills it!
Update 10/03/17 - ****Warning**** Do not read, makes all other fantasy seem bland.
Really enjoyed reading this book start on next.
Overall the series is very good read with great characters, though some degree of predictability creeps in at times
Still, it's recommend it!
The only question that remains is whether this third and final installment (not counting the First Law World series which is not really a full continuation) finishes it off well enough to be a suitable ending. For me it does. That said there is a genuine wrench and the very end does come as a bit of a shock. There is definitely a feeling that this world is going to keep living and a sense that the reader is missing out on the ongoing saga. However, I think the way that this ends, especially for Logan himself is perfect. After all, you can say one thing about Logan Ninefingers, he is a legendary figure. No mistake.
All of the favourite characters remaining from the previous two books get their moments in the sun. The relationships between them continue to intrigue, amuse and delight up to the end. Abercrombie once again gets to demonstrate his unique approach to romantic encounters along with many other things and Pacey once again delivers a masterclass.
When I finished this it really was incredibly tempting to hop straight over to the First Law World series because incredibly it seems to have received just as good a reception as this. But no, I will give it some time because like a fine wine or gourmet meal these need to be savoured rather than simply devoured.
As a set `The First Law' is a new high mark in low fantasy. Abercrombie's fantasy world is gritty and feels real, magic is replaced by dirt and evil. In many ways `Last Argument' reverses this trend as is the most fantastical yet; magic becomes far more prominent towards the end. The battle sections between mages and wizards etc did not sit comfortable with the 1500 pages of the series beforehand. Previously, magic was hinted at, even seen briefly, but it could always be explained as mysticism. By the end magic is very real and these sequences are amongst the most convoluted and confused in the trilogy.
Issues do not end here. Abercrombie revels in his grimy fantasy world, but the book draws some bleak conclusions. The `good' characters were never likely to prevail more than the `bad' characters, but almost everyone takes such a pounding that you can't help feeling a little deflated. Despite the downbeat nature of the book, it does not detract from how awesome Abercrombie's writing is.Read more ›
On the one hand I want to give it the best review I possibly can because, just as with the previous two novels, Joe Abercrombie has produced a well written tale with brilliant characters and an unforgettable world. Throw on top of that the unbelievable number of twists thrown into this novel and I found myself loving every moment of it. Whilst a lot of those twists you will see coming a mile off, they only serve to mask all the other countless twists that will genuinely take you by surprise.
However, on the other hand this book suffers from a hugely unsatisfying ending. There was about a hundred pages to go when I started to suspect that I wouldn't be happy with how things were going to finish. The story was winding down and there were just so many unresolved story lines that I couldn't imagine them all being summed up. The sad fact is that none of them were, at least not to a finality. I finished this book wondering if this really was the end of a trilogy or if maybe it is just a middle book of a series waiting upon the next.
Continuing his trend of brutal writing that kind of hints that there will not be any happy endings for his characters, we are left feeling that no one has come out the happier for the experiences in this novel, save maybe one whom I won't name right now to saving spoiling the ending for those who haven't read it. There was a time when I would have called this kind of writing brave being as we are in a world where most tales finish with a happy ending. However in recent times there have been a large number of these gritty books that aim for a brutal realism that leaves most stories unhappy and the sad trend in them all is that there are no happy endings for anyone.Read more ›
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Fantastic trilogy. If you like lord of the rings you will love this. All great characters written with humour resulting in books you can't put down.Published 20 days ago by Kimmie Lindley
I've really enjoyed this trilogy, and this book in particular.
The author has done a great job of building up these characters up to where they end up here. Read more
I feel kind of miffed that I didn't get 'turned on' to Joe Abercrombie earlier. Abercrombie's characters are so well drawn - especially Glokta - it's as if they temporarily people... Read morePublished 2 months ago by NDC
Liked it. Characters true to form and enough plot twists and turns to make it interesting. The "heroes" have the right mix of good and evil - you root for them even when they are... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frankensteinsmaster
I got these books on Audible and the only reason I waded through the trilogy is because of the amazing narrator (Steven Pacey). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer