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The Trouble with Peace

Written by: Joe Abercrombie
Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: The Age of Madness, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A fragile peace gives way to conspiracy, betrayal, and rebellion in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling A Little Hatred from epic fantasy master Joe Abercrombie.

Peace is just another kind of battlefield....

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua's most powerful investor, finds her judgment, fortune, and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized, and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye...before it kills her.

Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace lasts forever.

For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

The Age of Madness:

A Little Hatred

The Trouble with Peace

The First Law Trilogy:

The Blade Itself

Before They Are Hanged

Last Argument of Kings

Best Served Cold

The Heroes

Red Country

The Shattered Sea Trilogy:

Half a King

Half a World

Half a War

©2020 Joe Abercrombie (P)2020 Orbit

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Tyler White

Another instant classic by Joe. Finished it in two days, the best ongoing fantasy series in my opinion.

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Another winner

Another brilliant book from Joe Abercrombie. Excellent narration from Steven Pacey. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Abercrombie Has Done it Again

Narrator Steven Pacey, as any who has heard his performances will know, has the unique ability to make bad writers sound good. However, when paired with as masterful a writer as Joe Abercrombie, the combination can be as thrilling, engaging, suspensful, and funny as a night shared with the most intimate of lovers. The only problem that I have with Abercrombie's writing is that he is so engulfing a writer that it will take me decades to forget the twists and turns of his literary genius and therefore cannot enjoy his books over and over and over again. Please Joe, do not stop writing. And, if you ever get anyone other than Mr. Pacey to narrate your books, there will most likely be a "...body found floating by the docks."

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Might be my favorite book in the series.

If you're this far... You know you're gonna read it anyway... But fear not disappointnent this book is simply awesome.

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  • cosmo2354
  • 2020-09-16

Pacey’s Performance is Award-Worthy

I don’t have much to say about the plot - hopefully at this point you have listened not only to A Little Hatred (Book 1 of the Age of Madness), but to all of the previous First Law books. The Trouble With Peace is a sequel to all of them, and (possibly?) the penultimate episode of the entire saga. And it is very, very good. If you enjoyed the previous books you will find more to love. It is heavy on politic-ing, but Abercrombie has such a penchant for dialogue that those segments are as ‘edge of your seat’ as any battle (not to say there weren’t a few battles as well). There were goosebump inducing moments as well as laugh-out-loud ones. Now that our main players have been established, this book is also able to move at a much faster pace. Suffice it to say, I couldn’t stop listening! Additionally, Abercrombie begins to weave the larger Bayaz/Khalul/Shenkt arc that has been hanging in the background of all of his books towards the forefront. Needless to say, I cannot wait for Book 3! Now, onto Pacey’s performance as narrator - it is second to none. I listen to probably 100 audiobooks a year, and I have never found a better performance. As good as the First Law books are, the reason I buy them the day they are published is because of Pacey’s performance. It is truly legendary.

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  • Marlon
  • 2020-09-17

Like a hit of caffeine.

This is something I have been waiting for for quite some time. This is kind of book that you can't stop listening to once you start. It has so much in the way of plots, story and subterfuge. The writing as well gives the listener a great chance to dive into the story that you only feel comfortable in when you keep listening. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-17

Another amazing book by joe Abercrombie

I absolutely love this author. The first law trilogy was absolutely brilliant, but both “A Little Hatred” and “The Trouble With Peace” have somehow managed to be even better. Abercrombie excels at creating gloriously flawed and human characters who’s contrasting perspectives and storylines interweave to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Having read all of Abercrombie’s books, I have to say that the characters in this latest series might be my favorite. Savine, Rikke, and Vick are some of the best written female characters I have read in the fantasy genre in ages and the well-meaning self-deprecating King Orso is an absolute breath of fresh air. A wonderful book in a wonderful series by a wonderful author and definitely worth the reading!

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  • Joe
  • 2020-09-23

There is no one better

No one has a voice like Joe Abercrombie and in this current series he is unleasing his literary sorcery to maximum effect. The wit, humor and unparalleled dialogue (both external and internal) has a way of endearing the reader to just about every character in the book. of course Stephen Pacey's narration is a perfect marriage to the material. the most entertaining audiobook I have listened too since the last one and I eagerly await the next installment.

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  • Sarah
  • 2020-09-22

Joe Abercrombie does it again.

Every single page and chapter of this book keeps you absolutely riveted. I have read everything Abercrombie has written and The Trouble with Peace absolutely shows how great of an author he is. The characters storytelling and images are all of panted so vividly its almost impossible to stop listening. Now I'm just upset that I'm gonna have to wait for book 3.

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  • mark harris
  • 2020-09-22

Awesome is just the baseline expectation for Joe’s books

Every time I finish reading Abercrombie I have a little debate with myself whether he is my favorite author. It baffles me why the name Joe Abercrombie isn’t known as well as GRRM. I find the prose just as smart but far more readable.

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  • ninjajoe
  • 2020-09-21

He's done it again

A very entertaining and masterful practice of fantasy writing. Thoroughly enjoyable all the way to the end

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  • Andrew Shultz
  • 2020-09-21

Fantastic as always

I enjoyed the hell out of this book! Can’t wait for the next in the series. Thanks for your work Mr. Abercrombie!

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  • Holly M. Waldron
  • 2020-09-21

Just when you think loose ends are tied up...

they come whipping back and slice your face off. You If you like a Song of Ice and Fire, this story is Game of Thrones disemboweled.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-21

excellent book!

it's a great book, I can't wait for the next one in the series!