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Publisher's Summary

The chimneys of industry rise over Adua, and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.

Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another....

©2019 Joe Abercrombie (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Fantastic book. A must listen.

I couldn't stop listening, a real page turner with great characters and story. My favorite book if the year so far!

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More of the same stake nonsense

Is there any fantasy/sci-fi that hasn't been corrupted with underlying homosexual narratives and the every whamens a great godly intellectual that toy with their simple minded, lowly male counterparts. Or are all authors loathsome cucks?

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Holy Guacamole

This book rocks! It took a little time to understand what was happening but it contains many of the characters you know from the first law series. Outstanding development in a new era. Narrator is the best, no argument.

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another fabulous story

love it. finished in a couple days. Joe Abercrombie is amazing at sucking you in. the story, the characters, the writing: it's all just right,.

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Loved it

Wonderful to be back in a story
so rich and full of characters we know and love
Thank you Joe Abercrombie ... just keep em coming

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Abercrombie keeps getting better!

I didn't think it possible but Abercrombie keeps getting better! And Pacey is brilliant as usual. How can I fall in love with these characters so darn quickly?! There was a certain couple that reminded me of Jon and Daenerys in GoT where we are dying for something very wrong to happen and when it does we are questioning our own morals? But hey, why not. This is what being human is all about! And it's good writing and great character development. And what a thrill to see the old fellas despite their old age! Typically there is the grime and the bodily functions and the glitter and the gold - all of it is here and all of it is so so good - this is life in a book!

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Abercrombie builds on his world expertly

While a little slow paced at times, this first entry in the new trilogy advances time and introduces a new cast of well fleshed out characters. Many are the children of previous PoV characters, and seeing how they have matured over time is interesting. It lays a great foundation for what is to come.

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one of my favorites

Everything about the book is masterfully done. The story, clever word twists and the flow of story. End up loving even the villains due to their uniqueness.

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Gripping Yarn

Well put together story with all the different characters brought to life. Plenty of subtle wit throughout; causing me to laugh out loud , on more than one occasion. Looking forwarded to listening to book 2 immediately.

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A nihilistic grimdark tale of the year

Abercrombie returns to form with realistically depicted bastards of a set of characters set in an industrial grim dark reality.

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  • William Rosso
  • 04-10-2019

Back to familiar grounds!

I've been waiting for what seems as an eternety for this book. I can easely say that its the read Ive most looked forward to in my whole life (I consider the first law books my favourite triology) and when Steven Pacey starts reading in my ears its like Im taken back to the days when I first encountered the First Law books. And for all the wonderful nostalgia I end up with a familiar feeling when I reach the end, as if I was re-reading part of the books that came before. It could be the overwhelming cast of old characters that are present in the story, or that the events are somewhat similar to what has come before in other Abercrombie books. But it is, as always, the characters that Joe Abercronbie dreams up (that sometimes give me nightmares) that help carry the somewhat thin plot forward, and I never felt bored. Its with huge expectations that I await the rest of this planned triology to see how it all evolves!

+Great characters
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+Great setting

-Wished the story would've evolved more
-Thought it to be a bit short
-Felt a bit too familiar at times.

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  • Daniel Gerlach Christensen
  • 03-03-2020

Makes the whole First Law series even better

To be honest, I went in to this with a little low expectations. I know that Joe wrote a different series in a different world, and thought "Well, that didn't work out, so now he's back to milk his cash cow". (And I'm sorry now, that is not the case!). I preferred the original First Law trilogy, always having a bit of a hard time adjusting to the new characters in the second "trilogy" - which I also consider a mistake on my behalf.

After reading this, I'm suddenly in awe of what Joe Abercrombie has created and the way he writes funny yet grim, intelligent yet digestable and dark yet hopeful. No one writes POV's so convincingly, I think. The way you understand everyones viewpoints and can empathise with all the very different characters is just amazing. He has a way of making the plot turn and twist at just the right time, and when there's a twist it seems so natural and realistic, even though you didn't see it coming at all. (Much like reality...)

I really want to go back and read all the previous books to really understand all the different characters and references I most certainly missed in this - and to appreciate it the way it's supposed to. Perfect.

Other similar stuff I like: Riyria Revelations+Chronicles, Stormlight Archives, The Gentlemen Bastards.

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  • kristy
  • 21-10-2019

Moarrrrrr!

Simply superb. Best book I have erm read in a long time. Thanks Joe. Steven Pacey is the best narrator on Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-2021

Packed with great characters.

The combination of Steven Pacey and Joe A is probably my favorite on audible, but because people have been giving this one worse reviews than usual, I doubted.

I'm glad i gave it a shot, because the entire book has been of lot of laughs and excitement. Its all about the characters, the bad attitudes and consequences, and it all ties up to something unexpected. I don't give a rats ass about what happens in the end, as long as I get to head more from these unfortunate, sorry, and sarcastic characters.

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  • Søren
  • 06-04-2020

Good, but not as good as the first 3 books

I already knew this book was unlikely to be as good as the first 3 (The Blade itself, Before they are hanged and Last argument of Kings). Those are the best audio books I´ve ever listened to, except Douglas Adam reading his own Hitchhiker series :)

But if you keep expectations down and dont just sit and wait for a glimpse of Sand Dan Glokta, Logan 9 finger, Bias, or whoever was your favorite characters, "A little hatred" is worth the credit and you´ll at least get a little fix of the world you learned about in the previous books AND few of the guys are in this one too, only just in passing, so theres that..:).

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  • Ingmar
  • 01-10-2019

The best fantasy writer at the moment.

I love all his books but this one is even better. As are many I'm also deeply disappointed by the pace GRRM writes his books. Joe Abercrombie his works should've been translated into an HBO series as well...

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  • Mohamed Lamri
  • 23-06-2022

Another great entry in the first law universe

Steven Pacey does a sublime job with the narration as always, bringing the world of Joe Abercrombie to life full with it's blend of humor and grit.

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  • Mert
  • 13-04-2022

One of the best narration ever

The series are one of a kind as much as the narration, it’s just amazing.

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  • Marcel du Plessis
  • 03-02-2022

Thrilling New Trilogy

The man is a genius! There is no such thing as a bad Abercrombie novel.

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  • Will
  • 20-07-2021

A performance that outshone the writing

Pacey is fantastic, but sadly the book is fairly uninteresting. The plot twists are fairly predictable and the romances poorly developed. I expected better. Wish I'd spent my Audible credits on something other than this series...

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  • Simon
  • 19-09-2019

Abercrombie & Pacey, Purveyors of the Finest

There are some great authors here on Audible and some great narrators, no doubt about that. When you get a combination of the two, at their best like Abercrombie and Pacey in 'A Little Hatred' it takes everything up another level. This is quite simply superb!

Anyone familiar with the 'First Law' series and its universe will know much about the kind of style to expect. But this is much more than just a trotting out of the same old characters. Time has moved on and hasn't been kind. Abercrombie writes a tale that evokes the industrial revolution and enclosure. Two examples from history that showed the baser side of humanity with huge exploitation, greed and damage to our surroundings. A message for us in the current day maybe too . .

Into this fractured and angry world he gives us a sprinkling of older characters and a batch of new ones. From the highest of the high to the lowest of the low they are fabulously observed and Abercrombie writes with wit and a gorgeously cynical (some might say realistic) take on the human condition. His take on 'romantic encounters' in particular is exceedingly funny.

Of course, such a symphony of words needs a one-man orchestra to do it justice. Step forward Mr Steven Pacey, it's been far, far too long since I last had this man resounding through my headphones. He is fantastic with a brilliant range of voices that can bring to life everything from the meanest trollish peasant to the highest of royalty.

If you haven't already read the previous books from 'First Law' and 'First Law World' then you could still get a lot out of this, I have no doubt about that. However, I've also got no doubt that you would get more out of it if you started with those first as the back story is huge and much-loved characters are either referenced or make appearances. You'll have fun whichever way you do it but taking the books in order is what I would strongly recommend.

In the 'First Law' series Logan Ninefingers often reminded us that 'you have to be realistic', and normally in life that's fine advice especially when starting books that are getting such massively positive reviews. Sorry Logan, there are just some special occasions when you can forget realism and just escape it for a while. Listening to an audiobook with the names Abercrombie and Pacey on it is one of those all too rare occasions. They really are purveyors of the finest Audible audio.

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  • Jason Rimmer
  • 22-10-2019

What can I say......

It's another Abercrombie masterpiece! Coupled with Mr Pacey narration it's genius.

I listened to the First Law trilogy and loved it. Though I came to,this book unsure, set years after with a host of new characters I was worried I'd miss the old ones, I really needn't have worried.

Say one thing about Abercrombie say he is a fuckin great author!

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  • Mr. M. J. Hale
  • 23-09-2019

brilliant book

joe smashes it out the park yet again. Loved it. bring on the next one

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  • Jakub
  • 20-09-2019

Great

Great! Now I have to wait whole bloody year.
Thanks Joe, thanks a lot!
Ps. Abercrombie in his top form, and Pacey... he is, just simply, a genius.

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  • Loubytee
  • 25-09-2019

Phenomenal.

Nooooo it finished too soon! So much drama, so much excitement, so many rich characters and storylines and so fast paced. I though I had more time! Excuse while I rewind and start at the beginning again. I’m eternally grateful to the friend who introduced me to Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey is the gold standard of narration. Proper storytelling at its finest.

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  • Richard Hughes
  • 01-10-2019

What can only be a the start of a new series

New Characters are mixed with the old creating a new dynamic. as usual no one is safe and the plot never goes with the obvious.

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  • Andy Stevens
  • 24-09-2019

Fantastic listen!

Loved all.of Abercrombie's work but this is my first audio book of his. Loved every minute of it. Listened to all 20 something hours over three days.
Brilliant narration, wonderful storytelling.
Can't recommend enough!

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  • Jonathan Jordan
  • 20-09-2019

Dear Mr Abercrombie...

Hello Joe,

I sincerely hope that you'll read this. If not; then please... (email spam & nonsense sifting assistant...) mention to him that I wrote. I have never directly written before but have bought copies of every book for friends & family. Isn't it amazing how few actually read them? Why don't people like to read anymore? I've just begun my second reading of A Little Hatred and am smiling all over.

At 53 years old... I've found books, reading, fiction, movies & theatrical entertainment a bore. It is exceptionally difficult to read anything with any blood in it. Grim Dark is fun for relative realism and enjoyable as fans can see scary, thought-provoking and exceptionally bad scenarios as we've never seen them presented before. For those of us paying for new stories... prose... descriptions, pacing, content, characters and plausibility are always horrifically suspect. In the case of movies I get it... I understand that very popular films must give way to mass appeal. I imagine the same must apply to all artistic endeavours. In the case of books and fictional characters though... I desperately await Joe's books... even when I'm not altogether pleased (Red Country) I'm still riveted.

A Little Hatred is the absolutely NOT the sequel to The First Law I hoped for. Like most fans of that trilogy... I can never get enough of the original and have listened to the audio version several hundred times. Uniformly... we (the fans I've spoken to) wanted a direct sequel following each of those characters to their graves... one by one. Having said that... A Little Hatred has made me very happy.

I'm not a fanboy and will rarely seek out any means to communicate with an Author, Film-Maker or similar but absolutely HAD TO write to Joe today.

A Little Hatred is amazing, charming, hilarious, heart-felt and exciting. From Glokta allowing his daughter to be taught valuable lessons during fencing practice to Ardee's horrific & hilarious admission...I was spellbound and left wanting more & more.

There is so much fill-in detail I'd like to read and so many questions about the 25 years we didn't get to experience. Please please please continue writing Sir. I'd do anything to skip forward 10 years just to binge the next few books.

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  • andy jenkins
  • 12-11-2019

Bloody Brilliant!

Personally I think this is Joe's best work so far. I really enjoyed the original first law trilogy and there are plenty of nods to it through out this book.

Fast paced, deep complex characters and set in an interesting & fresh era of industrialism.

Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2019

excellent

excellent follow up in the first law series. new characters and a few old ones. hoping for 1 more old name to appear. Stephen pacey is as good as always

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