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215. Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie...

November 26, 2009
before they are hangedAbout the book:
Superior Glokta has a problem. 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.

Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland 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, 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.

drey's thoughts:
Ok, so if the "about the book" section above doesn't make you at least pick this book up, I don't know what will... *grin* So. After inhaling The Blade Itself, I swallowed Before They are Hanged. Literally. Mostly because it had to go back, like, NOW!

So. The adventure continues. And the characters that Joe introduced to us in book #1, continue on their merry way in book #2. Well, maybe not quite so merry way... But the tone and temperament of book #1 is definitely carried on in this one. And so. Prepare to chuckle out loud, even at passages that are a little more dire than those that deserve a chuckle. Because Joe's snarky wit is littered all over the pages of Before They are Hanged. Definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of fantasy, and especially if you're a fan of wit, snarkiness, sarcasm, and plain old understatement.

Title: Before They are Hanged
Author: Joe Abercrombie
ISBN-10: 1591026415
ISBn-13: 9781591026419
Paperback: 539 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books, 2008

Challenges: 100+, Series, Support Your Local Library

Disclosure: My copy of Before They are Hanged sat patiently on my shelves for quite a while, waiting till I got and read The Blade Itself so I could get to it, and return it from whence it came (i.e. the public library).

2 comments:

Kaye said...

Hi Drey, just popping in for a minute to wish you and your family a most happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy your pumpkin pie!

Maria said...

Great Review!:)

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