“Best book yet from Joe Abercrombie in my opinion. Warfare on its best.”Chris Gran Johansen wrote this review Tuesday, May 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author creates great characters with easy flowing dialogue. I enjoyed the book, but it's the first one I wanted to simultaneously put down and keep reading. The entire book is about a short battle over 3 days. The topic itself couldn't interest me less, but the author does a fantastic job portraying real people in a terrible situation and has plenty to say about the pointlessness of battle & war. ”Bobby L wrote this review Sunday, March 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good description. Overall great book”Alec Harwood wrote this review Monday, January 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is based on the same fantasy world created in the First Law Trilogy and has some of the same characters. The book covers a three day battle between the Union and the North. While it has graphic imagery of the violence and slaughter of war, it is in many ways an antiwar novel, pointing out the futility and the utter waste of life in often meaningless engagements of troops and blunders of the feckless officer corps. I found the battleground and some of the battles reminiscent of Waterloo . . . I highly recommend this book, especially to those who have already read the First Law trilogy. I look forward to more books from Abercrombie based on this fantasy world. ”sak2425 wrote this review Thursday, January 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Top notch read IMO. Abercrombie’s main characters are brilliantly portrayed, and even though this is a fantasy world , you can relate to it and events surrounding these heroes, cowards, villains and ordinary folk caught up in this epic 3 day battle. A lot of the main characters are shades of grey, rather than the usual black/white (good or bad) types, which makes it all the more believable. I found myself thinking “what would I do in similar circumstances”. Also the battle scenes are so well written that you will find yourself cheering for both sides at different points in the battle.The Cinematic gore splattered battles convey the chaos, carnage and futility of war, and make you feel as if you are caught up in the midst of the filth, gore and terror.
Great banter between the characters , thought provoking and witty dialogue with some great insights into the human condition all add up to a cracking read. ”
“This book has the coolest battle scene I have ever read. Follows one character in a battle until they are killed. Then the character that killed them is followed until they in turn are killed and so on.... ingenious!
“Where's the "Bloody Nine"”Gene N wrote this review Sunday, October 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Aw man, I only got half way through it and had to return it to the library. I've already placed another hold on it. I love what I've read so far! I just finished this book. I can't wait to read Best Served Cold.”Shawna C wrote this review Sunday, November 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Curnden Craw. Bremer. Calder. Black Dow. Whirrun of Bligh. Finree. The characters and battles that populate this book are gritty, real, and horridly believable. Their stories are simple. Their lessons learned, harsh and unforgiving. What a bloody read. ”Tony P wrote this review Friday, August 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No