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  • Written by: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (521 ratings)

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Narrated by: Steven Pacey
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Little Hatred comes a stunning fantasy novel that finds the world in an unstoppable revolution where heroes have nothing left to lose as darkness and destruction overtake everything.

Chaos. Fury. Destruction.

The Great Change is upon us....

Some say that to change the world you must first burn it down. Now that belief will be tested in the crucible of revolution: The Breakers and Burners have seized the levers of power, the smoke of riots has replaced the smog of industry, and all must submit to the wisdom of crowds.

With nothing left to lose, Citizen Brock is determined to become a new hero for the new age, while Citizeness Savine must turn her talents from profit to survival before she can claw her way to redemption. Orso will find that when the world is turned upside down, no one is lower than a monarch. And in the bloody North, Rikke and her fragile Protectorate are running out of allies...while Black Calder gathers his forces and plots his vengeance.

The banks have fallen, the sun of the Union has been torn down, and in the darkness behind the scenes, the threads of the Weaver's ruthless plan are slowly being drawn together....

"A master of his craft." (Forbes)

"No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie." (Pierce Brown)

©2021 Joe Abercrombie (P)2021 Orbit

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Unforgivable

Joe this book hurt me on a personal level and I will never forgive you for what you did here.

10/10 can’t wait for the next one.

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sooooo good

might be a bit much for some, gratuitous grim dark sex and violence (not at the same time), but this series is worth it from start to finish. I haven't read the first 3 books but I have enjoyed the last 3 as much as I have enjoyed any book series. can't recommend it enough

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type 2 fun

if you've read any of this author's other stuff you understand that it's painful and upsetting but also amazing. There is a desire to know what happens next but also a dread in the pit of your stomach because you know that Joe Abercrombie is vicious to his characters and bothing will turn out nice.

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Amazing!

These books are so well written and extremely well narrated.
I was enthralled from beginning to end.
These were the first books by JA that I've listened to. I've now purchased The First Law series. I cannot wait to dive into them.
If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would.
Bravo!

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Fantastic!!!

This is one author who has fantastic fight scenes, the best fraud characters, storyline etc etc etc. The heroes are no heroes the villains are no villains as there are constantly shifting seats. I love them all. The narrator provides a total entertaining picture by the way he puts life into the author’s words. I am never disappointed other than the wait for the next novel and the new characters and what the old will do. What new direction will they take? And grossly sad to read some have left. Pick on writing Joe Abercrombie and please don’t change your narrator Steven Pacey!!!

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awsome

the best series i have every heard !!!!!!!
great narration many twists
wonderful characters

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Great stuff

Excellent narrator. Finds the voices and sticks with them. Great third book. Leaves you wanting more yet satisfied with the characters' story arc conclusions. Excellent.

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Amazing

The series has been great, but how everything came together was utterly perfect in this book!

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Brilliant

Joe Abercrombie is a master storyteller, this is a brilliant follow up trilogy with fully fleshed out characters.

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It Just Keeps Getting Better

This is a series review for the following books:

- The Blade Itself
- Before They Are Hanged
- Last Argument Of Kings
- Best Served Cold
- The Heroes
- Red Country
- Sharp Ends (read chronologically w.r.t. the series)
- A Little Hatred
- The Trouble With Peace
- The Wisdom Of Crowds

I can say with confidence that this is among the best stories I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Author Joe Abercrombie has crafted a politically and morally intricate world where every detail, large or small, matters. Inhabiting this world are truly human characters who you'll laugh, dread, and triumph alongside in their efforts to overcome the Great Leveller's somber inevitability. Narrator Steven Pacey brings these characters to life, giving each a distinct voice and demeanor while consistently nailing the tones and puches thrown by Joe Abercrombie's writing. I hope to see the continued collaboration of this genius duo.

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  • Brandon
  • 2021-09-17

Pacey amazing as always, Abercrombie disappoints.

This is the first time I haven't left 5 stars in every category for one of Abercrombie's books. The characters in this trilogy are nowhere near as lovable, interesting, quotable, or compelling as his earlier works.

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  • swilde
  • 2021-09-16

Disappointed beyond words

I had such high hopes for this entry having read all of the other books in the universe , this book was the worst by a long shot , butchered story,butchered characters ,glairing plot holes.
This doesn't feel at all like the final book of a trilogy but more like a stepping stone towards the next one.
I took 2 days off to actually finish the book in one go , and never have i been so disappointed.
This book just pulled a game of thrones final season , with the whole "subvert expectation' thing pushed to new predictable heights.
I really wanted to enjoy this book but found myself forcing myself to finish it .

Honestly i'd recommend reading a summary of it rather than actually going through the whole thing , as most of the subtleties and charm of his previous work vanished from this one.

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  • aster
  • 2021-09-22

By far the weakest of Abercrombie's books.

This series crams in enough dramatic society-changing events for 10 trilogies, but aside from JA's usual wisecracking dialogue it's done in such plodding broad strokes and so much repetitive inner monolgues that there's rarely a sense of tension or momentum. The final 1/3rd of this last book picks up a little steam, but the mood gets killed by predictable "twists" that just fit Abercrombie's earlier templates and plus major plot & characterization holes.

What really kills it are the POV characters though, which were the high point of all his previous stuff. There's none on the level of Ninefingers, Ferro, Cosca, Glokta, Monza, etc, and the new ones are either grating or all over the map - it feels like JA sketched them out and gave them each the requisite 3-4 tics but never could quite get a handle on them. Rikke is such a 1990s Manic Pixie Dream Girl cliche that I'm embarrassed for him. Leo, Gunnar, etc, you just get sick of. Vick, is there a single interesting things about her? Savine is an unsympathetic frontrunner, he tries to humanize her with adversity but it's very clumsy. I just didn't want to spend any more time with these folks, but it's a loooong book and you're stuck with them.

Characters make major consequential decisions that seem to fit whatever outline Abercrombie had for the plot, while not even noticing or mentioning obvious options B or C that would have made sense for all involved. It all feels very forced. Even a lot of the humorous dialogue he's known for feels very artificial. At the very end one character has a vision that is basically an advertisement for his next series, it's so awkward & unsatisfying.

This feels like his publisher said "Do exactly what you did in The First Law, except MORE, BIGGER! Throw in a little modern day topical stuff maybe! It'll be huge!". And it probably will be. I'm surprised at the number of fawning reviews on here, but that's fanboys for you.

Pacey is awesome as always however.

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  • Samuel Warren
  • 2021-09-16

Masterpiece😵

Abercrombie gives us another beautifully crafted story from the 'First Law' world and boy did he DELIVER😳. Ive been eagerly waiting this book all year 😬 and it did NOT disappoint. If your already a fan of Abercrombie then you know his style and he's true to it throughout. This also goes for Steven Pacey and his BRILLIANT vocal talent that goes so far above and beyond any of the hundred or so other narrators Ive heard that its not even right to put them on the same comparative level. If this book had a full cast voicing the characters they still couldnt match the real, alive energy and humor and perfect voice creation for each character in kind that Pacey does. We got the same funny, complex, lovable/despicable characters from the previous 2 'Age of Maddness' books but the story is coming to a crescendo. It delivers suspence and excitment by the truckload as we're thrown down this dark spiral of twists and turns with no possibility of seeing what lies ahead. Ive read every single one of Abercrombies works and this one was by far the most packed with genius twists, complex characters and an overall very satisfying plot to begin with. As per usual with most great works everything isnt all rainbows and it may shock and sometimes invigorate you, but such is life🤷🏼‍♂. By far the best book Ive enjoyed all year🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Very much worth your time and money, AND SOME! Cant wait till the next masterpiece🙌

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  • Misty J.
  • 2021-09-15

Marvelous

Joe Abercrombie is a master weaver of worlds. I am stunned. I have started this trilogy again and will most likely return to the beginning and get on the ride again; there are so many things I took for granted early on. The details I thought I knew and forgot. The characters are unforgettable. I couldn’t count the days of entertainment this series & Joe Abercrombie have gifted to me,. Thanks

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️As a fan I feel privileged that the supremely talented Steven Pacey has added a 2D like affect to each line from the first word of audio First Law. It’s a long journey with extremely unexpected highs / lows & things you can’t take back. As the Author didn’t disappoint neither did the narrator. I appreciation each time I knew the character like a long lost friend. Speaking just out of sight. 👍🏽nice!

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  • Tracy
  • 2021-09-19

Disappointing

I’ve been a JA fan for years. This trilogy the weakest. Characters, plot lines, development, all mediocre. It just isn’t satisfying.

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  • ryan carlson
  • 2021-09-18

By the dead this wasn’t his best book

Joe Amborcrombie is by far one of my favorite authors. But I found this to be my least favorite of all his books. Everything was too predictable.
Steven Pacey on the other hand does not disappoint.
I still recommend the book of course but it just was what it was.

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  • ninjajoe
  • 2021-09-17

Two masters of their respective crafts.

The combination of Joe Abercrombie and Stephen Pacey will to me always be one of my favorite things in life. The end was agony, but it was perfect agony.

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  • Feya
  • 2021-09-16

Simply incredible!

Joe Abercrombie is at the top of his game, this trilogy has surpassed what he’s written so far, but now he took the chances no other author has taken recently. Its not only talent but also bravery, and for that I applaud him. Thank you for saying what had to be said.

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  • Nikki Napolitano
  • 2021-09-16

what a day?

this book is what i have needed. it was wonderful. full of great quotes and one liners. i really love joe's style of writing and it shows here. the time waited for this was well worth it.

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