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4.00009592786225 out of 54.00009592786225 out of 54.00009592786225 out of 54.00009592786225 out of 54.00009592786225 out of 5 4.00 (20,849 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: September 2015 ISBN: 9781478907824
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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 has] begun breaking his own rules. And succeeding wildly at it. ... Rarely has Abercrombie had so much fun while rollicking through his colorful cast's foibles and witty dialogue - and rarely has he dished out so much straight-for-the-heart poignancy. The A.V. Club
  • New, fresh, and exciting. The Independent (UK)
  • Exhilarating... Abercrombie's knack for wit and grit holds your attention throughout, and his eye for character means that there's heart as well as muscle. SFX (UK)
  • Pointed, driven, and sharp. Locus on Red Country
  • Magnificent, richly entertaining Time on The Heroes
  • Imagine The Lord of the Rings as directed by Kurosawa. Lev Grossman, Wall Street Journal on The Heroes
  • “Abercrombie’s…eye for character means that there’s heart as well as muscle.”

    SFX

  • “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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylon | 6/6/2017

    " very entertaining sequel...will definitely buy the other audio books, the voice actors is superb with every character "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 3/24/2017

    " An absolutely stunning piece of writing and then audio work, Steven Pacey is really a master of voice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 Rob | 2/13/2014

    " An exceptional series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 Reita | 2/2/2014

    " really good! better than the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N Islam | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent book. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Kelleher | 1/20/2014

    " READ THIS TRILOGY! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Woodge | 1/17/2014

    " The plot thickens. Some characters die. Some change. Some go on to greater things. Bayaz and crew go traveling and meet with danger. Glokta has even more questions. Collem West battles Bethod and his Northmen. Threetrees and crew get into some bloody melees. Eaters attack. Jezal slowly becomes less of an ass. New characters are introduced. Mysteries deepen. And who are Valint and Balk? Can't wait to get my hands on the conclusion this August. (Note: the title comes from the quotation: "We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged." ~ Heinrich Heine) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/14/2014

    " Another winner from Abercrombie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisadlh | 12/27/2013

    " Did not suffer from the second-book-in-the-trilogy blahs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garick Black | 12/24/2013

    " This book is an improvement over the first book. The characters are more fleshed out and seem more believable. That said, the main plot still seems weak. I will read the third book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valette Keller | 12/24/2013

    " Better than the first book, but Bayaz has lost all of his charm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/15/2013

    " Part two in the great trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 11/13/2013

    " The second volume features a lengthy overland journey of an adventuring party in search of an ancient artifact. Fantasy standards are both wonderfully subverted and followed here. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pickleman | 10/9/2013

    " It's just as good and maybe even better than the first book (The Blade Itself) in this 3 book series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 10/3/2012

    " Was rather enjoyable with a decent twist to a major plot point at the end. Simple, easy, fantasy reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Faling | 8/2/2012

    " Seeing some unlikely changes in characters in this one. Still not sure where some of them will end up but probably a few will go back to the mud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/17/2012

    " Our heroes continue on their grim quest, buoyed by life-changing events and plot twists. Not as promising as the first book in the series, but still worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Boer | 5/3/2012

    " These books are surprisingly good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sachin Dev | 3/4/2012

    " Finished this monster - mind numbing. will write a detailed review in a while. for now, this forms one of my Great Reads for 2012. Joe Abercrombie has climbed up more notches on that "My Favorite" authors pedestal - inching closer to Steven Erikson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winespringbrother | 10/10/2011

    " audio re-read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/12/2011

    " A good follow up to The Blade Itself. I'm excited to read the 3rd and final book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed van der Winden | 8/16/2011

    " Great escapism. Loved the characters. Loved the narrator of the audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Hermanowski | 5/17/2011

    " Book 2 of this really good series (see review under Book 1). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 5/13/2011

    " Didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, but still pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/13/2011

    " Awesome. Long live the Dogman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 5/3/2011

    " This book is awesome. It makes me feel happy that I don't have to live outside and wear potato sacks and fight Shanka. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 5/2/2011

    " Amazing. I can't wait to read the next book in this amazing fantasy series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 5/2/2011

    " I read this book after the first in the series got me hooked. More of the same great writing and characters. For my tastes, this was an amazing book and I would encourage people who are looking for more of a noir fantasy book to pick it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hahleq | 4/25/2011

    " More good stuff just like #1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 4/20/2011

    " Even better than the first one, and I loved the first one. Haven't raced through a book this quickly in years. Looking forward to the last in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pickleman | 4/18/2011

    " It's just as good and maybe even better than the first book (The Blade Itself) in this 3 book series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 4/15/2011

    " somewhat predictable - but in an 'oh so exciting' way - a perfect middle book in a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason G | 4/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series I think. Maybe it was due to the familiarity with the characters or his writing style. I found I cared a heck of a lot more about the characters this time out though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 4/13/2011

    " Joe Abercrombie has created some of the most dynamic characters in the fantasy genre. Each of them is unique, and each has a depth that is often lacking in this genre. "

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About the Author
Author Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full-time writer and freelance film editor who lives in Bath, England, with his wife and three children.

About the Narrator

Steven Pacey’s extensive work in the West End includes the role of Alec in Dolly West’s Kitchen, Stanley in The Birthday Party, Hamish in Things We Do for Love, and Bertie Wooster in By Jeeves—for which he earned an Olivier Award nomination. He was also directed by Harold Pinter in his successful productions of Celebration and The Room. Pacey has appeared in numerous television roles, including Tarrant in Blake’s 7, and has made over three hundred radio broadcasts.