Before They Are Hanged

Before They Are Hanged

Paperback - 2008
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Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is utterly unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone the cream of his forces.

In the heat-ravaged south the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta. The city is braced for the inevitable defeat and massacre to come, preparations are made to make the Gurkish pay for every inch of land ... but a plot is festering to hand the city to its beseigers without a fight, and the previous Inquisitor of Dagoska vanished without trace. Threatened from within and without the city, Glokta needs answers, and he needs them soon.

And to the east a small band of malefactors travel to the edge of the world to reclaim a device from history - a Seed, hidden for generations - with tremendous destructive potential. A device which could put a end to war, to the army of Eaters in the South, to the invasion of Shanka from the North - but only if it can be found, and only if its power can be controlled ...

Publisher: London :, Gollancz,, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780575082014
9780575091092
Branch Call Number: FAN ABE
Characteristics: 584 pages ; 20 cm

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fantasybkaddict
Mar 23, 2016

For a more detailed review check out this book on my blog.

https://readfantasybooks.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/before-they-are-hanged-first-law-trilogy-2-by-joe-abercrombie/

This is a great continuation of the story and is even more exciting, interesting, and unpredictable than the first book. The plot moves at a wonderful pace and is moved slightly forward. I can’t wait to find out how the series ends and what happens to all the characters I have come to love or hate. Oh! There are also tons of battles all of which are gory, violent, and exciting! Abercrombie really knows how to write his battle scenes! If you enjoyed the first book in the series than don’t hesitate to start reading this one!

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mroldsalty
Sep 20, 2015

A step up from the first now that all the characters are established. Less expose' more action. Good read.

DevilStateDan Aug 05, 2015

I am new to Joe Abercrombie but am fast becoming a huge fan of his writing. His characters are beautifully flawed & his action sequences are well paced & gruesomely real. This is a great second to a fantasy trilogy of the sort that I love best! #ABookBasedEntirelyOnItsCover #ATrilogy
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JCLHebahA
Jun 29, 2015

A good, solid mid-trilogy installment - moves the conflicts forward, throws characters into new situations (sometimes painfully so), and sets up readers for higher stakes when it's time to wrap up. Not quite George R.R. Martin-level in terms of lack of character shields, but our heroes do take some hits.

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BBurnett
Sep 08, 2014

2nd book in the first Law series; maybe it is because it is the second book, but this book didn't amaze me, like the first. All the characters from the first book, are continued, but we know that we won't find out the conclusion to any of the mini-plots, so there isn't any urgency to any of the situations. Am more used to jumping from one situation to the next, from different character's viewpoint. Still the same favourite characters: West, Dogman, Bayaz, Nine Fingers, Glotka..

lasertravis Jul 04, 2012

Very good fantasy novel. The second book of a trilogy. Every bit as good as the first book and perhaps a bit better. The collection of POV characters are all fantastically flawed anti-heroes. The story is propelled at a quick pace and doesn't fail to entertain and surprise. Abercrombie writes dialogue and violence equally well. There isn't any lofty language or anything discreet. He moves the plot along with dark humor and graphic violence. I love it. I'm not sure if it would be for everyone. As sucked in to the story and the characters as I have become, I'm sure that some fans of classic fantasy would find these books a bit mundane. Still, I say give these books a shot. I have been very entertained!

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Ubalstecha
Aug 12, 2010

How do you describe this book? Gritty fantasy? Check. Multi-layered? Check. Funny? Check Awesome? Hell yes!

Author Joe Abercrombie continues to spin out his tale at a breakneck speed. Told through a limited There are three plots that the reader jumps back and forth from. The first of these is a ragtag group that Bayaz has gather to travel across the continent to retrieve a sacred object. Bayaz is an interesting take on the "wise old wizard" trope of fantasy fiction. Think Belgarath on steroids.

We also spend some time with Colonel West, who is fighting in Angland. A good man, he is forced to fight a bad war when he is put in charge of keeping the Crown Prince, and the battalions he commands, safe. West also hooks up with the Named Men, a group of Northmen we followed in the first novel, The Blade Itself.

Finally, we also spend time with Superior Glotka, a torture victim turned torturer. A member of the Inquisition, he has been tasked to find the murderer of the Inquisitor in Dagoska and conspiracy plot while the army of the Ghurkish Empire is knocking at the gates.

And this is the part of the book where Abercrombie shines. Glotka is broken man who has conitnued his life as best he could. He is well aware that any moment could bring his death. He also somehow manages to remain human and do the good thing once and awhile. I could read an entire story just about him.

Well worth the purchase price. Abercrombie is fast becoming one of the most important voices in fantasy today

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Apr 11, 2011

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