The Heroes

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The Heroes

In The Heroes the latest offering from author, Joe Abercrombie, readers are taken back to the northlands where the union and Northmen are slugging it out once again, witches and magi conduct their covert behind the scenes, and nothing is quite what it seems. For returning fans they will find everything in this book that first made them fall in love with Abercrombie's work, it’s fast-paced, action packed, dark, and gritty with dialogue so sharp it cuts like the keen edge of a razor.

The characters are well drawn. Like both the first law series, and the stand-along Best Served Cold, they are brought to life by their habits and idiosyncrasies. The plot is well constructed, with twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the very last pages. It should be said though that at times the cynicism can be a bitter pill to swallow, and this will undoubtedly affect some readers more than others. However those readers out there that have embraced the darker side of fantasy can look forward to a reading experience that will be dark, gritty, and such great fun.

Book Blurb for The Heroes

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them. Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honour on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he's far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt. Even if it's his own. Prince Calder isn't interested in honour, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he'll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it. Just as long as he doesn't have to fight for it himself. Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what that is with the world burning down around him? Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail. Three men. One battle. No Heroes.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 4.00