I couldn't finish this book. Got close, but couldn't quite limp across the finish line, it was just that hard going. Let me setup this review by first..Show More »ly stating that I'm a huge Abrecrombie fan and I'd probably class him, along with a handful of other writers such as Martin, Sanderson, McClellan and Watson, as one of the best, if not the best, of the modern fantasy genre. If I listened to this book without knowing the author I wouldn't have been able to guess who it was after a multitude of attempts, this book is just so far removed from his previous works. I know this new series is aimed at the YA market, but I still had high hopes and had been hanging out for anything new from him for an age. I was bitterly disappointed that this is what I'd waited so long for.
I found that all characters lacked depth and the lead character was simply unlikable. The real, gritty, interesting, if deeply flawed, characters of the 'The First Law' world were missing from this book. You may not have liked or were able to relate to all of the characters from this world, but they generally intrigued and always kept you coming back for more. I found the lead character of this book so irritating and annoying that I was hoping he'd be killed off, but no such luck.
I also found the narration mediocre at best. I've only listened to one of his books previously, I read all the others, but Steven Pacey was outstanding. This performance was not even close to that standard.
I will not be purchasing the rest of the series and will now need to wait until Joe, hopefully, returns to the world and/or style that made him one of my favourite authors. Let's hope he churns out the rest of this series nice and quick so that this occurs sooner rather than later. I want my old Joe back!
Without Steven Pacey, a lacklustre plot and no character depth. Who ever you are listening to, they are steering you wrong Joe. I won't be wasting my..Show More » time or my money on this send you to sleep crap. You were the best with the blade it self, now you suck
A very satisfying end to another excellent series by Joe Abercrombie.
While this trilogy lacks some of the wry humour of previous books, it ..Show More »is packed with the engaging, well-named characters, bloody adventure and smart turn of phrase that Abercrombie excels at.