Paperback, 515 Pages
Grimdark Fantasy/ Adult/ Fiction
By: Joe Abercrombie
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 3⁄4
“The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Still, the struggle itself is worthwhile. Knowledge is the root of power, after all.”
🌟 When I first started reading, all I cared about was a good plot twist and nothing else. 400 and something book later, my opinions have drastically changed and I think good characters are the most important thing to me beside the plot and writing. I probably would not have liked this book if I read it in the past because it is slow and not much happens in it but for the first time in my life, I do not care and I found it enjoyable!
🌟 I did not know what to expect, I saw some readers comparing it to GoT but I did not feel so up to this point, but I have many more books to read so it is early to judge! But the writing in this one was simple and funny and enjoyable, I am new to the grimdark fantasy genre and I think those books are a very good place to start with!
“Once you’ve got a task to do, it’s better to do it than live with the fear of it.”
🌟 The characters were superb and unusual, we have Logen Ninefingers with his glorious past and his notorious reputation as a barbarian. Glokta which is one of my favorite characters of all time and his inner thoughts are the best, he is cunning and smart and he hates everyone and everything. Then Jezal, a nobleman who is dreaming of glory and Bayaz, an overpowered old magician (My Cryptonite!).
🌟 There are also secondary characters and all of the characters were well written and fleshed out and I felt I know very much about them, how they were and how they are now and how will they be! It was only 1 book but it sculpted the characters very well! I can’t wait to find out more about everyone of them.
🌟 The pacing is slow and not much happens because I think this book is a preparation for book 2 which I think have the potential to be much better if more things did happen in it.
“Well. What can we do, except try to do better?”
🌟 Summary: I think this was a very good book for fans of character-driven stories or those who are willing to get into the genre. I am not an expert yet at the genre but I expected a bit more darker things (they are there but I wanted more!). I can’t wait to continue the series which I hope and believe will get better!