Joe Abercrombie - The Heroes: May contain Spoilers

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I finished The Heroes last night. Thought it was fantastic. For me, it's easily my favourite of his books that I've read so far (having been a little underwhelmed by the First Law Trilogy - haven't read Best Served Cold yet) :)
 

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Best book I read in a while. Strange that some would label it "horror" among it's genres and not leave it at "war".
 

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Finished this last week. Definitely my favourite Abercrombie read to date. I've Red Country waiting on the bookshelf.

HUGE Spoiler alert:

Love the world he's created and the characters. Real shame for me that Whirrun of Bligh was killed. I know it was inevitable but I'd have loved to have read another novel with him as the main character.
 

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Feeling a bit like an amnesiac, but could you remind me who Whirrun was?

[I keep forgetting characters. Even forgot the name of the second most important one in my own bloody book once].
 

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IIRC, Whirrun was the mad Gaulish figure with the huge sword that was handed from man to man. There were some religious undertones. On his death, the sword was supposed to be passed on, I believe. He was certainly an interesting character, not least because he believed in something. :)
 

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Yes that's him - otherwise known as Cracknut Whirrun, he was one of my favourite characters with the Father of Swords that he asked to be buried with him.
 

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Right.

Now I feel like I have premature dementia because I still can't remember him!

That's mildly concerning, actually. I read the book less than a year ago and really enjoyed it. Forgetting a name's understandable, but I'm surprised the description didn't stir any memories.
 

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**********SPOILER*****************

He was the one that Gorst ended up fighting and nearly losing to about 75% of the way through the story. But during their fight whirrun was stabbed in the back by a union soldier with a spear. Gorst was furious he had been robbed of his glorious death/fight with someone his equal and whirrun was.. surprised.
 

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One of his best books

One of the best depictions of war in a fantasy novel.

I do find it a little mixed in quality depending on who the POV is however. Every single sentence of Gorst's chapters are brilliant. The last being particularly exceptional. But with some of the other characters it can drag at times.

That said perhaps my favourite single scene involves Corporal Tunny who was one of the characters where the narrative seemed to drag. When he unfurled the flag it really felt the truth about why men put themselves through battles like this one throughout the era of professional armies contending for "lines on a map".
 
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