The end is coming.
Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him-but it's going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the king of the Northmen still stands firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend, and his oldest enemy: it's time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.
With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. As his days with a sword are far behind him, it's fortunate that he's deadly with his remaining weapons: blackmail, threats, and torture.
Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is too painful an undertaking and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too-and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it.
The king of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt, and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No one believes that the shadow of war is about to fall across the heart of the Union. Only the First of the Magi can save the world, but there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, than to break the First Law...
Oh what a mess! Lots of dead people--and the ones in positions of power result in lots of wrangling over successions (and the accompanying politicking). Lots of surprises--including to the (supposedly) bastard-born son of the late king. And lots of left hands not knowing what the right hands are doing. Or do they?
This third book of the First Law series brings to a close storylines hatched in The Blade Itself and Before They are Hanged. And what a close it is. Joe Abercrombie's snarky wit is scattered liberally throughout this romp through the lives of kings and bastards, barbarians and heroes, slaves and master manipulators. Who are all deftly weaved together into a story that entertains. Read it. But make sure you put aside the time, because these books are not little by any means of the imagination!
Title: The Last Argument of Kings
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Paperback: 636 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books, 2008
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Disclosure: My copy of The Last Argument of Kings visited for quite a while, but eventually returned to my local library.