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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Abercrombie Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Three men. One battle. No Heroes.

They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The king of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they’ve brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honor on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he’s far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt—even if it’s his own.

Prince Calder isn’t interested in honor, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he’ll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it—just as long as he doesn’t have to fight for it himself.

Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins anymore; he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what the right thing is when the world is burning down around him?

Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds, and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts or even the strongest arms that prevail.

This audiobook is introduced and closed out by author Joe Abercrombie, who also reads the acknowledgements.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Abercrombie never glosses over a moment of the madness, passion, and horror of war, nor the tribulations that turn ordinary people into the titular heroes.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “One of Abercrombie’s most masterfully executed and compellingly readable novels to date.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Ridley | 2/12/2014

    " Latest in sword and sorcery series, very graphic violence but mixed with great storytelling, humour , and characters that you believe in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Blake Charlton | 2/4/2014

    " j. abercrombie kicks the concept of heroism up and down a verdant, soggy valley. the concept of heroism seems to, mostly, enjoy the abuse. abercrombie seems to, mostly, enjoy the abusing. some wonderful one liners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Raven614 | 2/1/2014

    " Very good. Stand alone but tied with the same characters and places as all his other books. Other books are a bit more epic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick | 1/26/2014

    " I cannot believe this has sat on my shelf for so long. Abercrombie's ability to make you sympathize and hate each of the characters in turn, where nothing is black or white is the reason I love his stories so much. With this one, he did something new, where the whole book is just centered around one battle, told from each side, with great characters each. I absolutely love this book, and can't wait to read more from him. "

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