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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,847 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Abercrombie Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The First Law Trilogy Release Date:
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The second novel in the wildly popular First Law Trilogy from New York Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie.

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors when your allies can by no means be trusted and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run—if he could even walk without a stick.

Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem—he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.

And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters—if they didn’t hate each other quite so much.

Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven—but not before they are hanged.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Abercrombie’s…eye for character means that there’s heart as well as muscle.”


  • “Nobody writes grittier heroic fantasy than Joe Abercrombie…Immediate, daring, and utterly entertaining…Abercrombie is headed for superstar status.”

    Realms of Fantasy

  • “This grim and vivid sequel…keep[s] the reader engaged with complicated plotting and intriguing character development…Abercrombie leavens the bloody action with moments of dark humor, developing a story suffused with a rich understanding of human darkness and light.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ricky Ganci | 2/18/2014

    " Abercrombie's use of titles is second to none--his source material is well-chosen, and the titles implicity reflect the themes of their novels. I find it to be a solid middle-volume-in-a-series-type novel. It's appropriately more violent, and more explicit, and essentially a stakes-raising installment, as most Part Twos tend to be. What I most appreciate about Abercrombie's storymaking is that he doesn't feel the need--as most fantasy authors, even Martin, do--to add a multiplicity of new characters to what...make sure the story doesn't run out before they've sold the number of books they need to in order to guarantee his next advance from the publisher? Okay, that's a little cynical, but let's be honest here--I've been reading about Inquisitor Glotka, and that's bound to take its toll on your worldview, no? Solid read, a solid part two, and all the fuel I need and more to go ahead to read the next perfectly titled book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rob | 2/13/2014

    " An exceptional series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fred | 2/12/2014

    " Good stuff. Not really a stand alone book, but the middle of a longer story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Reita | 2/2/2014

    " really good! better than the first book. "

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