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A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Bloody and relentless."George R. R. Martin on Best Served Cold
"Bold and authentically original."Jeff VanderMeer on The Blade Itself
"If you're fond of bloodless, turgid fantasy with characters as thin as newspaper and as boring as plaster saints, Joe Abercrombie is really going to ruin your day. A long career for this guy would be a gift to our genre."Scott Lynch on The Blade Itself
"Imagine The Lord of the Rings as directed by Kurosawa."Lev Grossman, Wall Street Journal on The Heroes
"Abercrombie continues to do what he does best . . . Buckle your seat belts for this one . . . . A vivid and jolting tale."Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author.
"Abercrombie squeezes your heart till it matches his beat. No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie."Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out."Joe Hill
"Rife with emotion with wit to spare, both honed to an effortlessly fine edge. A Little Hatred is the joy of watching a master of the craft with his tools at their sharpest."Sam Sykes, author of Seven Blades in Black
"A Little Hatred is Abercrombie at his very best: witty, wise, and whip-smart. Masterfully plotted . . . . I had high hopes for this book, and it exceed them all."Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld
"Brutal, unforgiving, and terribly fun. Everything awesome readers have come to expect from Joe Abercrombie."Brian McClellan, author of Sins of Empire
"Joe Abercrombie's powerful voice raises the bar in any literary genre. Fantasy fans are beyond fortunate he chose this one."Myke Cole, author of The Armored Saint
"With expert craft, Abercrombie lays the groundwork for another thrilling trilogy."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Abercrombie unerringly juggles a large cast of multifaceted, morally ambiguous characters, each embroiled in their own complicated story."Booklist (starred review)
"Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say that he's a master of his craft."Forbes
"A critical, compelling epic fantasy loaded withwonderfully drawn characters, the bloodletting tempered with sharp social commentary anda touch of satire . . . . It doesn't feel like a stretch to say Abercrombie's on his way to writinganother masterpiece of epic fantasy."B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"A Little Hatred may be the mostaccomplished work from a writer who many already consider a master."SFF World
"Abercrombie expands the First Law fantasy universe with a new epic saga of war and power set in a world where the industrial age is rising...With expert craft, Abercrombie lays the groundwork for another thrilling trilogy."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Abercrombie, a longtime favorite of fantasy readers known for page-turning and immersive reads, begins a brand-new dark fantasy series with A Little Hatred...This is the start of something awesome."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"In this brutal fantasy...Abercrombie unerringly juggles a large cast of multifaceted, morally ambiguous characters...This unflinching depiction of human nature becomes slow-motion tragedy on a grand scale, shot through with moments of humor, excitement, and hope."-- "Booklist "
"No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie."-- "Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07MJ656W9
- Publisher : Orbit (September 17, 2019)
- Publication date : September 17, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1679 KB
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- Print length : 481 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #7,510 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am finally here, the last series (at least for the moment) in the First Law world. I heard a lot of people say this was one of the best books in the series and I agree.
A Little Hatred is interesting because it really brings the series to the future, we are now in the industrial revolution and it has a direct effect on what is happening in the world. The book follows a few different characters and most of them are the children of characters we know and love from the previous First Law books. So you could technically read this without ever having read the other books in the series, but I genuinely feel like you would be missing out on some great history of some of the characters you meet in this book.
Leo dan Brock is the son of Lady Finree of Angland and Harod dan Brock and he is on a mission to prove himself. He plans on doing this by attempting to defeat Stour Nightfall, the son of Black Calder. I liked Leo, but you could tell how insecure he is and that has a lot to do with the fact that he feels that his mom won’t let him prove himself. He makes quite a few questionable decisions, but I do think that he is a good person. It also appeared that he was kind of working through some of his feelings on sexuality, which was interesting and something new to see from Abercrombie. Leo is hoping to depend on Prince Orso, but Orso has his own problems.
Prince Orso is the son of King Jezal and he is a bit of a disappointment, especially to his mom. He is a prince with a lot to prove and isn’t doing the best job of it to be honest. He is also in a kind of relationship with Glokta’s daughter, Savine, who I adored. Savine is everything you would expect a child of Glokta to be. She’s intelligent, resourceful and has a witty sense of humor. You almost question what she sees in Orso because she could probably do better. Savine is a woman living in a world that was made for powerful men, but she manages to hold her own, which is one of the reasons I loved her.
“Funny how, whenever men talked about freedom, they never really meant for the women.”
Speaking of great female characters, there is also Rikke, the daughter of the Dogman, and she has this gift (although, she would consider it a curse) called the long eye. This eye allows her to see visions of the future, but most of them are just symbols and she doesn’t know what they mean most of the time. She is also what you would expect the Dogman’s daughter to be like and that is a compliment, because I quite enjoyed her character.
We all know that Abercrombie does characters exceptionally well, but where he also shines in this series is with the politics. A lot has changed in this world. Machines have been created and are putting people out of jobs, and they are revolting against this. There is this rebellion group called the Breakers who are on a mission to fight back against the use of these machines and the rich people and government officials, who are behind them.
While politics have always been something that Abercrombie has talked about in his stories, I feel like this is the most political he has been. A lot of this mirrors what happened in our world around the industrial revolution age and the same fears and concerns that people here had back then, the people of Adua have in this story. It was so interesting to see how the people in this world reacted to this happening and there are a lot of great conversations being had about the government and how these machines really put people in bad situations and how the fallout of these bad situations happening, hurts the people at the bottom.
“When one man knowingly kills another, they call it murder! When society causes the deaths of thousands, they shrug and call it a fact of life.”
I see some readers having a problem with the more heavy political aspects of the story, but I don’t know what to tell them because most fantasy books are political and maybe they haven’t been paying attention. This is not any more political than any other fantasy book I’ve read. Either way, the political angle was expected and necessary if you’re going to be talking about the industrial age and the things (good and bad) it brought.
As if this book couldn’t get any better, we get slapped with an ending that had me thinking, “What are they going to do now and why do I feel like a certain magi had something to do with it?”
I am always amazed to see how an author grows and changes and I can confidently say that even if you didn’t enjoy the First Law trilogy, I think it is worth continuing on to get to this one. I really enjoyed that first series, but even I can admit that this one is miles better. You get the same great character work, but the world building and political intrigue evolves and grows into a true work of beauty.
My only issue is that because he writes from both sides of the fight, and some characters are double agents, it’s hard to keep the battle lines straight. I finally wrote them down so I could keep track.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series and indeed, all then books in all the series. This guy is FUN.
So we're back. The world of the First Law welcomes us home like an old friend. If that friend was secretly angry to see you, and had a knife to your back that is. Joe has crafted here a story that can be appreciated by new and old readers alike. If you have never once read a word of any other First Law book, you can still jump in here. You can do that, no doubt, and enjoy this story and be eager for the next. But for us old heads, those who have devoured all the other First Law content that Joe has to offer, you will be in for some pleasant surprises. You will be in on the secret so to speak, and little pieces of the story, small little off-handed mentions and other tokens unworthy of notice, will be to you like a familiar embrace. You will know that ever-powerful and most sacred bit of knowledge; the backstory. Set around thirty years after the beginning of the first trilogy, there are many faces to recognize here, and the offspring of those faces. Glokta's daughter, Savine. Jezal's son, Orso. The Dogman's daughter, Rikke. A Brock. A Teufel. But for as many old faces you will be delighted (or less than delighted) to see, there are worthy characters new to the spotlight as well. Gunnar Broad. Jonas Clover. Joe has fleshed out his new story with an excellent new cast, and it is well on its way.
Those familiar with the First Law will see a world changed by progress. By industry. By money. The natural progression which we have witnessed over the course of six books is finally coming to a head. Magic leaks out of the world... And madness leaks in. The downtrodden are more so than ever, forced into hard labor at the factories that pop up like flies, soiling the white city of Adua with smog and vapor. All is not well with the common man, and on up the ladder the grievances go until they can climb no higher than the puppet strings they cling to. Midderland is on the verge of open revolt. And the bloody North is no better, constantly at war (this time under the leadership of Black Calder's son, Stour Nightfall) and complicated as ever. But as one Yoru Sulfur would say, "...we must sometimes have a little chaos if a better order is to emerge." But who is to judge what 'better' may mean? Who indeed. Old heads can take a guess and probably hit the mark.
I've praised Joe enough on this website for anyone to be sick of it, but I can't pretend all the things I love about his work aren't again on display in A Little Hatred. He simply is what he is. A master of POV. A master of character development. A master of real, fluid dialogue. A master in creating a gritty, complicated world in which things happen that matter. To characters that we care a shit about. Even if what happens isn't always what we want. Especially then, even.
I've heard the opinion thrown around in other corners of the internet that this may be Joe's best work yet. I'm inclined not to be so hasty as to make that claim just yet. Maybe it's because I just reread the original trilogy, in all it's glory, but I see this book as the next in an already long sequence of greatness. And Joe was kind enough to, in the time between his last release, write all three books of this trilogy at once. what that means, lucky for us, is that the next one is coming just a year from now. And the third a year after that. For us fiends, well, that's great news. We need it.
"Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal."
- William Hazlitt
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Abercrombie had spoken about this book as his attempt to further subvert the genre with a greater emphasis on female characters and a desire to see the world he has created move on and evolve.
He has been 100% successful in achieving these goals but instead of subverting the genre he has shifted into an entirely different one.
Anyone picking this up looking for a fix of what made the other books in the First Law series some of the best in all of Fantasy will be disspapointed.
Loved the earlier stuff but thinks this maybe over reaction intended to appease an audience the author thinks are overly concerned about gender and other bias ?
Abercrombie has never been afraid of bending the genre; you only need to look at the Great Leveller trilogy to see this in practice. Best Served Cold as pulp revenge, The Heroes as war-weary epic, and Red Country as a spaghetti western. All three books showed his inclination to take fantasy in new directions.
A Little Hatred is set in the world of the First Law as it sits on the cusp of an industrial revolution. The story is told through the eyes of a variety of flawed, likable characters, some familiar and others new. There is no central quest to save the world that the first law poked fun at, but rather is a story of two rebellions as they unfold, exploring each side and the impact the upheaval has on the characters.
I loved that it explored themes not commonly addressed in the fantasy genre; greed, capitalism and classism. While Abercrombie has previously seemed hellbent on subverting all expectations to the point where it can sometimes be frustrating to see a plot you enjoy being upended, he shows a level of subtlety of portraying the characters that feels to me much more authentic.
My only complaint is that the relationship between a certain two characters was telegraphed early on and so the reveal felt forced. I feel it would have been nice if the author let you in on it from the start and then had fun with the irony of the reader knowing but the characters not, but it's a small gripe.
Most of all, I look forward to seeing what the rest of the new trilogy brings.
from cameos from characters from previous series to throwaway lines referencing places and events from previous series.
The first law was set in a world where the rule of Magic was dying but still very much present the purview of a few chiefly Bayaz first of the Magi and it was his machinations that set the stage for the events in that series and introduced some of modern fantasies most iconic characters chiefly The Bloody Nine and the best anti hero in fantasy fiction Sand Dan Glotka the bitter self loathing Torturer Brilliant and relentless. Self aware with a large vein of pitch black humor and many acid edged observations on human nature the series was also a riff on the type of fantasy as embodied by Tolkien, though like the very best satire it stands on its own two feet as a work of fantasy in it own right.
Now the Age of Madness fast forwards 30 years or so to the start of a industrial revolution things are changing but the more they stay the same revolutions war and treachery loom large and if the tag line for the original series was Tolkien for Nilhilists then here I suspect Discworld for Absolute Basterds would be appropriate.
I will say that your love of the age of madness will depend on how wedded you are to the trappings of epic fantasy that the first series was draped in i always argue that joe Abercrombie real genre is satire so while the first series mocked Tolkien while at the same time did a homage then this series does the same to the kind of humanist diverse fantasy as embodied by Discworld but where that series was about hope that underneath everything we could be better then obviously this series comes at a far more cynical angle, I loved it but if you read Abercrombie because you think he is a more gritty David Gemmell then you are possibly in for a bit of disappointment there’s still violence galore but if your not familiar with Discworld or flintlock fantasy then it might appear that joe is suddenly writing a period piece, stick with it keep a open mind and I don’t think you will be disappointed.
They are diverse bunch of characters, Savine Dan Glotka daughter of the most feared man in the union a rich investor in her own right she finds her confidence and Self Worth shaken by events in the book brilliant and venomous she isn’t half as formidable as her father is but then she hasn’t lost as much, Prince Orso a wastrel and drunk he is also crown prince of the union doomed, seemingly, to repeat his fathers journey. Leo Dan Brock the young lion, brave courageous and dumb. Rikke north women chiefs daughter and possessed of the long eye the ability to see the future, Gunnar Broad ex soldier who comes home to find he has lost everything in the name of progress and Clover a Northman who once bore a far more fearsome name.
Joe Abercrombie is one of my very favorite authors he wrote in my opion the finest modern Fantasy novel the Heroes and gave us one of fictions best anti heroes in Sand Dan Glotka and this is magnificent and a huge return to form I had thought his last first law book red country, while still very very good, was too much a slave to western gimmicks this book is just about perfect and comes with spitting distance of the perfection that is heroes, in a book that is very much about perception and guises about who we see ourselves us versus the world and how we really are they are a lot of clever things going on for long time readers certain questions get asked
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Repeating the past is a big part of the book and joe Abercrombie novels in question while the details are very different the essence of Orso journey seem to be mirroring his father and Sand dan glotka seems to set up to follow Arch lector Sults path with talk of figure heads and taking the blame and the past making way for the new and yet, yet long time readers know that Jezral was never as self aware as Orso and long time readers know that even if he hasn’t been a POV character since the first law series that one thing that makes Glotka what he is a absolute refusal to lose as is the case in his books much of the fun to be had is reading between the lines and finding out whether you were right or wrong.
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The worst thing about this book will be the wait for the next well written fantastically well paced and magnificent, if not always positive, Character growth this is another superb book by a master. All hail the King!
This is an awful book that commences a series I have no interest in finishing.
Whoever wrote the reviews 'energetic', 'thrilling' and 'witty' clearly never picked this book up.
It's slow, long winded, horribly predictable and very putdownable. The characters were barely two dimensional. I was so disappointed.
It's lacks pace, substance, wit and most of all action. A million miles from his wonderful norm of wit, intrigue, raging action and brutally engaging and rounded characters.
Only my opinion. Longing to see Joe get this series off his plate, return to form and I'll see him again for the next series.