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The Heroes (World of the First Law Book 2) by [Joe Abercrombie]
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Starred Review. This blood-drenched, thought-provoking dissection of a three-day battle is set in the same world as Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy (The Blade Itself, etc.), but stands very well alone. Union commander Lord Marshal Kroy coordinates the fight with the aid of a motley group of incompetent, self-important officers. The strangely sympathetic Col. Bremer dan Gorst is officially a royal observer who nurses a burning desire to kill or be killed. Leading a much smaller army against the Union is Black Dow, whose grip on the throne of the Northmen is tenuous and based on fear and brutality. Calder, a slippery and cunning egotist, advocates peace while plotting to take Black Dow's place. 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. (Feb.)
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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)"

The Heroes is an indictment of war and the duplicity that corrupts men striving for total power: bloody and violent, but never gratuitously so, it's imbued with cutting humour, acute characterisation and world-weary wisdom about the weaknesses of the human race. Brilliant.-- "Eric Brown, The Guardian (UK)"

Lord of the Rings as directed by Kurosawa

-- "Wall Street Journal"

The Heroes is an indictment of war and the duplicity that corrupts men striving for total power: bloody and violent, but never gratuitously so, it's imbued with cutting humor, acute characterization and world-weary wisdom about the weaknesses of the human race. Brilliant.

-- "Guardian (London)"

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) "

Delivered in Abercrombie's trademark witty style ... This is an action-packed novel full of brutality, black humour and razor-sharp characterisation.-- "Dave Bradley, SFX (5 star review)"

It's an excellent tale and arguably Abercrombie's best book yet ... Its pace really showcases his talent for differently voiced and realistically motivated characters ... any genre fan can enjoy what's one of the best fantasy books of the past year.-- "SciFi Now (5 star review)"

Lord of the rings as directed by Kurosawa-- "Wall Street Journal."

Magnificent, richly entertaining.-- "Time"
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00480O978
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit; 1st edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 7, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5799 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 546 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Joe Abercrombie is a freelance film editor, who works on documentaries and live music events. He lives and works in Bath. THE BLADE ITSELF, his debut novel, is the first novel of The First Law trilogy, followed by BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED and LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS. His new stand-alone bestseller is BEST SERVED COLD.

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