Last Argument of Kings Review

Paperback, 671 Pages
Adult/ Dark/ Fantasy
By: Joe Abercrombie
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2

“Rules are for children. This is war, and in war the only crime is to lose.”

I am 10 years late to the party but I am happy that I finished my first trilogy by Abercrombie and it met most of my expectations! I mentioned in my reviews of the last books that the books read like one huge story rather than three books and it means this book had to tie up everything and close all the story lines which it did in one way or another.

Abercrombie’s does not need any introduction from me, he is well known as the lord of dark fantasy for a good reason. The prose is very unique and gripping as it was in the last books!

The characters are still what makes this book and Abercrombie this successful! The characters are very memorable, specially Glokta who is literally everyone’s favorite and to be honest, the story took some directions and thus character development that I did not see! All the characters arcs are closed in this one and except for the very last pages, I liked how weird and dark it was! I was very confused by the epilogue and salty to the fate of on the characters but I did some research and got some answers to their mysterious fate!

“If you want to be a new man you have to stay in new places, and do new things, with people who never knew you before. If you go back to the same old ways, what else can you be but the same old person?”

Also this was pretty merciless with all the action and war going, it meant saying good bye to many of the characters which may also make it a kind of an emotional read.

The plot is probably the best in this book because we finally get all the reveals and twists and we have the final anticipated war! The world gets more expanded and the magic more interesting and we get a few surprises along the way!

“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”

Summary: As good as can be expected from lord grimdark himself! This is a very good conclusion to the trilogy and I am definitely excited to read more Abercrombie next year!


  1. Glad to see you enjoyed it too! If also finally finished the trilogy last month and while I thought the first book was just okay, the sequels were definitely great. Abercrombie‘s character work is truly outstanding. Regarding the ending of this one: I did have a couple of issues with it because as you said, some things were left open and I thought they wouldn’t. Like, I was expecting Bayaz vs. Khalul, the most epic duel of ages… I’m happy that there are more books, of course, but that was kind of a small letdown for me. I liked the very last chapter, though, cause I think it was a nice throwback to the first chapter of Blade Itself.

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