The First Law: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie continues the tradition set down by the previous books in that the book is a bit of a mixed bag of a good story damaged by the way it was told. Thankfully Abercrombie seemed to let go of his penchant for re-using words and descriptive phrases; however, the pacing of the book was not the greatest, and there were a few parts that suffered from too much environmental description. The book is a fitting end to the series, but unfortunately the ending, and events leading up to it, was rather predictable in my opinion. Overall the book was definitely worth the read, but I would only recommend it if you’ve read the previous two books in the series.
1. The book’s pacing was not the greatest. On several occasions I found myself bored with the events that were taking place. Many parts felt long and drawn out, while others felt like they were too brief.
2. Several parts of the book suffered from superfluous description, which in turn made reading those parts very difficult for me.
1. The characters have remained intriguing from the beginning of the series to the end. What I love the most about them is that they are all flawed people. You will find no shining fantasy paragons in this series (well maybe one in this book). You will hate some of them, you will love a select few, and others will make you want to scream at their decisions.
2. More history. Abercrombie leaves us with answers and even more questions about previous events. We learn more about some of the characters histories, and how those histories have shaped the present world. I really enjoy how Abercrombie just throws his readers right into it.
3. The majority of the story is fun, interesting and engaging to read. Mr. Abercrombie does an excellent job creating his world and weaving the plots of multiple complex characters together into an elaborate tapestry.
4. I thought the very ending of the book was pretty clever.
1. The major events of the book were painfully predictable. I accurately predicted several events in this book while reading the last book, due to this several parts of the story really felt pointless to me because I knew exactly what their goal was.
For the synopsis on this I’m going to cheat and just steal the books blurb. I’m doing this because I had a very difficult time writing a synopsis that wasn’t full of spoilers, and while parts of the book were painfully predictable to me, I wouldn’t want to ruin anything for you.
The end is coming.
Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him – but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm, and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend, and his oldest enemy. It’s past time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.
With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe, and no-one can be trusted. His days with a sword are far behind him. It’s a good thing blackmail, threats and torture still work well enough.
Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is far too painful, and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too, and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it.
While the King of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No-one believes that the shadow of war is falling across the very heart of the Union. The First of the Magi has a plan to save the world, as he always does. But there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, after all, than to break the First Law…