Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie

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Has anyone read this second part in Joe's First Law Trilogy?

I finished it just yesterday and I didn't think it'd be as good as The Blade Itself (thread http://www.chronicles-network.com/forum/11395-the-blade-itself-joe-abercrombie.html) but it managed to be better.

The story's really beginning to pick up pace and I can't believe I have to wait almost another year before the third book is released.

So, who else has read it? What did you think?

Ada
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I've still got The Blade Itself sitting on my shelf, so I'll avoid this thread in future;) But I have heard lots of very god stuff about both books.
 
It's very good. My review:

Abercrombie's story rattles along at a fair old pace. With the characters introduced, there is no more need for scene-setting and the plot explodes with vigour. More happens in this 450-page novel than some writers struggle to squeeze into an 800-page tome, and it's all invigorating, page-turning stuff. There's a lightness of touch and plenty of humour in the writing which makes reading the book all the more pleasurable. The characters become more interesting, with Glokta particularly becoming a morally ambiguous person whom the author gives real character to, his decisive ruthlessness coming as quite a shock in some parts of the book. Meanwhile, in other parts of the story other characters undertake unexpected transformations. Meeting other people who know Bayaz forces from earlier in the world's history force the reader to reconsider their opinion of him, whilst another character undergoes a startling personality transformation which is kept quietly in the background, hinting at some darker force moving in the storyline which will be explored further in the final book of the series.

The only criticism that comes to mind is, once again, the lack of a map. This is even more of a problem in the second novel as much vaster areas of territory are covered. One of the problems of not having a map in the book is revealed by the fact that, until an offhand comment made in this volume, I was unaware that Midderland (the Union homeland and location of its capital, Adua) was an island. A second, even more minor problem is that a skirmish in an ancient, ruined city threatens to feel like the use of one standard fantasy idea too many. Luckily, Abercrombie's writing is strong enough to avoid this problem, especially as it provides some of the most memorable imagery in the novel.

Myself and a few other people from another forum had a few drinks with the author in London a few weeks back and he's a good bloke who signed books for people and held his beer well. He also accosted random people at the bar and asked them to buy his book, which was quite amusing.
 
The minute i read the first posting regarding this book, i knew it would be 'one of the good ones'. But i am going to the sensible thing because i have already done the insensible thing with 4 books, in other words here i am stuck between book one and a long waint. So i shall bite my nails and wait until March 2008 when the last book (Last Argument of Kings) should be out there. But thanks so much for the comments they are very interesting to read
 
I've got Book 1 on my TBR pile. So hopefully Book 2 shuold be out here in OZ soon enough.
 
The minute i read the first posting regarding this book, i knew it would be 'one of the good ones'. But i am going to the sensible thing because i have already done the insensible thing with 4 books, in other words here i am stuck between book one and a long waint. So i shall bite my nails and wait until March 2008 when the last book (Last Argument of Kings) should be out there. But thanks so much for the comments they are very interesting to read

Lirineth, though I wish I had your common sense and patience, I am glad to have read the 2 books so far, they are amazing, one of the finest series of books I've ever read and I will probably read them again just before book 3 comes out ... and this should please Joe no end, I borrowed them from a friend first time around but will buy them to keep this time :) !!!
 
Dear sweet mike! these books are good. Im near the end and im trying to space it out untill the last one comes out but by jones its hard! Truely an original peice I was lucky enough to read it at a time I had nearly given up on finding a decent book besides 'the book theif'.
Top stuff Joe, keep it coming :)
 
Dear sweet mike! these books are good. Im near the end and im trying to space it out untill the last one comes out but by jones its hard! Truely an original peice I was lucky enough to read it at a time I had nearly given up on finding a decent book besides 'the book theif'.
Top stuff Joe, keep it coming :)


right well ive read it allnow and it was F**kin brilliant NICE! well done Joe, again. cant wait for the next one...........seriously if it dosnt come out soon i may have to kill someone:D
 
The final book, The Last Argument of Kings, is out in March 2008. Joe is now working on a new stand-alone novel set in the same world, called Best Served Cold, which will come out a year later.
 
The final book, The Last Argument of Kings, is out in March 2008. Joe is now working on a new stand-alone novel set in the same world, called Best Served Cold, which will come out a year later.

O_O MARCH?!!!!!! Oh god..... 'best served cold'? sounds good! lookin forward to it! :D
 
Check out the author's website. He has the cover for Last Argument of Kings up as well as an extract.

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This cover (not the final version, apparently) is pretty awesome.
 
I must admit I didn't enjoy The Blade Itself very much. Perhaps if I re-read it and follow straight away with Before They Are Hanged I might find it as good as you do.
 
I finished it last night,
and I can't wait til the third's published in Norway!

And if that's the cover, up there, I think it's a pure beauty!
 
Another book eh? That's good. Three books doesn't seem like much. What with everybody writing 7 or more books in a series now.. (well not everybody..)

Also, last time I checked, which wasn't long ago, the site wasn't really up yet. Just one page with something like "more to come" on it. So, good work I guess..

The book's great. I especially liked Jezal, and West. I hope they meet again. And Jezal and Ardee as well, though it might not be everyting Jezal expects of it..
 
Does anyone else think we should keep an eye at Quai?
I'm getting a bit suspicious on what's going on in his head..
 
I must admit I didn't enjoy The Blade Itself very much. Perhaps if I re-read it and follow straight away with Before They Are Hanged I might find it as good as you do.

:eek: Well I am not sure which book it was that I didn't enjoy but it wasn't The Blade Itself. I thought I would re-read it only to find I hadn't read it at all.
Over half way now and really enjoying it.... so it seems that I shall now read Before They Are Hanged :D
 
Does anyone else think we should keep an eye at Quai?
I'm getting a bit suspicious on what's going on in his head..

:THEORY:

OMG! I dont no if im the first person that says this or is the first person that susses on but, in the blade itself when logan and co are stayin in the city after the eater attack, the body of a half eaten young man was found, unidentifyable outside the place they was staying, then quai
(IF THATS HIS REAL NAME!)
starts acting all cold, and dosnt get much 'screen time' in the book or in 'before they are hanged' (maybe joe is trying to divert our attention so its even more of a shock...)
He seems to go through a complete personality change and i think....he is actualy an eater and the disfigured body was the real quai! huff...huff....huff...
AND I think Bayanz knows, but dosnt want to let on.....
 
Darkbunni, I didn't like that theory, allthough I think you might be right..
I've been thinking he's an eater,
and he was reeeally keen when they were "finding" the ultimate weapon-thingy.
Yeah..this eater had the appearance of Logen's wife that time, didn't it?
(been a while since I read The Blade Itself, so i don't remember)
So that'd be the eater's ability.
damn, if it's so, Joe's a heck of a writer!^^

But I still hope that the wagon's a pain in the ass for Quai^^
(long live terrible jokes!)
 

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