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Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Cap...

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  • Author: Joe Abercrombie
  • Publish Date: 2007-09-30
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    Best Fantasy Series(Ranked 10 out of 253)

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    Best Epic Fantasy Books(Ranked 9 out of 160)

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    Jon Snow's Top Fantasy Series(Ranked 3 out of 10)

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    Epic Fantasy(Ranked 8 out of 64)

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    Reviews/Comments On The First Law


    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2014-04-11 01:31:03

    Best fantasy series after The Song of Ice and Fire.

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    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-04-03 02:36:39

    Logan Ninefingers...wow what a great character. Could not put these books down. Read them and thank me later.

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    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-05-25 09:11:01

    Great series. Dark and violent and...funny. Not something I'd let my kids read, but I could not stop.

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    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful
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    By: 3rd best? Really....?
    2015-06-03 10:12:16

    Not sure how this made it to 3rd best. Not a well written series. No closure on the main arc of the series is maddening. I feel like i wasted my tume with this series.

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-06-12 05:33:07

    very good and well written . wish it would see an immediate movie adaption .

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    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-06-22 07:23:42

    Very predicable series with extremely one sided characters. It was an ok read but I pretty much knew where he was going with the entire series before I was finished with the first book. I expected so much more after all the good review I read.

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-06-29 12:23:37

    I find it hard to believe that you finished the series. It sounds like you gave up after book 1. This is one of the least predictable series in modern fantasy. It starts as almost a caricature of classic fantasy, but by the end every single character's story is spun off into something unique and unpredictable in the most brilliant ways.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-09-07 10:29:56

    Interesting world with interesting characters but after book three things felt a little anti-climactic. Also, none of the plot lines for any of those interesting characters seemed well resolved.

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    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-09-12 03:11:20

    Half rate writing attempting to forge a Stephen Douglas/George r.r. Martin-esque sense of moral grayness; however, the attempt reaches into hyperbole by entirely changing the characterization of the main characters in the third book. Additionally, an interesting magic structure is thrown to the wayside after the first book and nuances of the world are left undeveloped. The brash contradictory nature of the characters strikes the reading as novel, and that is because other authors actually try to make a logically progressive plot. This series had potential, but book three made me legitimately angry by the time I had finished it.

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-10-26 05:36:55

    I definitely enjoyed this series, but I wouldn't put it this high on the list. Ninefingers is one of my favorite characters in all of fantasy.

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    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful
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    By: Thomas
    2016-05-13 02:59:24

    I was excited to read this series when it started showing up on so many top fantasy lists. I must say I was very disappointed. Too much hype I suspect. It wasn't awful, but it's not special or particularly good. Malazan is my number 1. Followed by Robin Hobb(just all of it, it's great), then kingkiller it's really special. WoT has a special place in my heart, then ASoIaF-which isn't completely fair to that series but it's what Martin gets making me wait 6 long years for a meh book 5.

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-06-28 06:02:37

    I wasn't a big fan of the series. The writing was pretty good and I really did like the world-building; this particular universe has a very interesting historical background and the story had pretty interesting political plot points and a pretty great plot twist about one of the main characters' identities, but what really brought the series down for me was the underdeveloped and unlikable characters. I haven't read the series in a while, so I don't quite remember any of the characters' names (which kind of proves how forgettable they were to me), so bear with me. The barbarian character I liked, but he really didn't do anything the series but fight, so his role was not really essential -- literally any fighting character could have taken his place, which left me disappointed. The girl from the warring country in the south is just a bitter woman who doesn't trust anyone and who never changes in the end and, like the barbarian, doesn't serve a lot of purpose other than to fight. The wizard was a good character at first, until I realized everything he did was for unexplained selfish reasons, and the main character is a spoiled teenager / young adult who claims to have changed during his long journey in the second book but whose actions say otherwise. To sum up all of the characters: their all a bunch of shallow bitter a**holes that hardly have any redeeming qualities.
    Honestly, I may be a bit biased because I now compare everything to George R.R. Martin’s books (they’re my favorite), but in this case I have good cause. When you read A Song of Ice and Fire, you can’t help but love the characters as they grow and change as the story progresses. I have to admit I used to hate Jaime Lannister, but now I think he is a great character, because of how he changed for the better. Even some of the relatively minor characters in ASOIAF are great; Davos Seaworth and even Varys are two of my favorite characters. But in the First Law Trilogy, I just don’t care about the characters from start to finish, the characters are uninteresting as it is, they have no redeeming or likeable qualities and they never change for the better.
    And don’t get me started about the heroes’ quest. The entire second book is pointless. The first book is about developing the character’s and building the world, as the wizard recruits his chosen few to go to the edge of the world to find some mystical stone that can end the wars in the north and south and I enjoyed it well enough, but after travelling an entire continent and spending the entire second book on this journey… the stone isn’t there. The end. The heroes’ all go back to the capital, but as it turns out, the wizard finds that the stone was in the capital all along! Overall I though the series was… bleh. But I did like the writing and world building so I may pick up one of Abercrombie’s later novels, eventually.
    On a side note, the Best Served cold Amazon.com link is linked to the wrong book. In case a site admin reads this…

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