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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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This book hurt me deeply

10/10 across the board.

Great writing, great characters, pitch-perfect narration. The plot takes a sharp turn from the previous two installments, to such a degree that it would've felt like a standalone had it not been a direct continuation of the main characters' stories. Still, it caps the trilogy (and the series up until now) off perfectly, while leaving just enough room to pick things up again should the author's muse strike once more. Tragedy and comedy are woven perfectly using Abercrombie's delightfully grim sense of humor and Pacey's gregarious, well-timed delivery.

Joe, if you ever read this: you're my favorite author and I hate you.

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not his best but good

I really liked the others in the series much more but this was decent enough

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Perfect, best one yet…

I think this book has been the best so far. The description of the maniac “great change,” was absolutely perfect. I couldn’t stop laughing. Perfect balance of political intrigue humour, gore. Can’t wait for the next one. Only thing that was missing was the man, the legend, the bloody 9.

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An awesome conclusion

I've just finished listening to the audiobook and already have withdrawal symptoms. I have loved every one of Mr Abercrombie's books, and The Wisdom of Crowds is the icing on the cake.

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Brilliance.

This series and this book are just absolutely fantastic. An absolute must read, including all the stand alone books.

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toujours un bonheur de lire Abercombe

fidèle à son style , excellent livre . complots , violence et tout ce qu on veut lire dans ses bouquins

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  • 2021-09-16

We need two books a year

Great as usual. The best in the business. Antifa ain’t gonna like this one 😬

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  • 2021-09-17

least favorite of Abercrombie works


I found the writing itself to be outstanding as usual but it was the overall story arch that I didn't much care for. The trilogy started out strong but I couldn't help think that this was written more for the publishers than the fans. I felt the same with Pierce Brown's latest on his trilogy that continues the Red Rising saga. Heavier emphasis on trendy social politics than story like gender issues and sexual orientation.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.
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I still recommend the book of course but it just was what it was.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-09-17

Best Audiobooks Audible has available

What else is there to say? Steven Pacey's legendary narration paired with Joe Abercrombie's deadly prose combine to make the best series of audiobooks that have yet to exist. The First Law series, and Pacey's narration in particular, have spoiled me against so many lesser audiobooks. They pale in comparison.

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