Speaking to a friend recently, he recommended that I look into Joe Abercrombie's work. The First Law trilogy gets a lot of hype so I said I absolutely would. Reading a brief recap of the plot for The Blade Itself, I recognized a name or two and then Logen popped up and it was a "oh yeah, I read that series about a year ago, that was a fun character". And there began the problems.
Three books a little over a year ago and I could barely recall anything of the plot or characters beyond Logen. Figuring that maybe a handful of books later Abercrombie would improve on his world, I picked up Red Country. Nope, the only thing it brought back were the memories of painfully flat characters and stale, re-wrapped plots. There is literally no one that evolves in the books. Lamb is Eeyore throughout, Shy plays the hard edged tomboy, Temple... meh it's not even worth typing up as there's that little thought put into each character. They're summarized in a sentence and that's it. Even the flamboyant, idiotic sell sword captain gets stale very quickly.
The plot seems to borrow from First Law, small start, huge trek, climax. We spend an abhorrent amount of time toiling across a dusty plain that may be the only thing of the entire book that evokes any sense of scale. The rest of the time, you're beaten over the head with foreshadowing and supposed 'ah-ha' moments.
The worst part of the book is the ending, both in Crease and with Lamb. The Crease ending is shameful for the twist and the absolute silliness of it all. I was going to give the book two stars, until I reflected ever so slightly on how laughable it was. Guess no one was ever taught to look both ways when they cross the street. Lamb's ending was also yawn worthy in predictability.
Hopefully I'll learn my lesson and when someone throws Abercrombie's name out there as an author to read, I'll revisit this review and remind myself, DON'T DO IT!