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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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