Before They Are Hanged (The First Law Trilogy #2) - Joe Abercrombie 8.46   113

How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run – if he could even walk without a stick – and Inquisitor Glokta needs to find answers before the Gurkish army comes knocking at the gates.

Northmen have spilled over the Angland border and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem: he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained and worst-led army in the world.

And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters. If they didn't hate each other quite so much.

Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven – but not before they are hanged.


Release date March 2007

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The First Law Trilogy :: Series

Series contains 3 primary works and has 3 total works.

Belongs to the series World of the First Law

The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) 7.92   190
Before They Are Hanged (The First Law Trilogy #2) 8.46   113
Last Argument of Kings (The First Law Trilogy #3) 8.36   73

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Abercrombie redeems the promise set by the first part of the First Law trilogy and delivers a rocking sequel that ranks very high on my personal list. (It won't stand alone so before grabbing it from the bookstore, check out The Blade Itself.) It's fast, funny, dark and refreshingly original. The interesting characters evolved even more, the plot twists left my socks spinning and the cruel..ish humor made me first laugh out loud, then blush in embarrassement and then chuckle once more. But as much as I loved it, I must say the younger audience and more sensitive souls might be better off skipping it. The story left me biting my nails, waiting for the day the third book would drop in my mail box and thinking seriously about starting a Glokta fan club.

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