Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, #3)
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Last Argument of Kings (The First Law #3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  37,649 ratings  ·  1,570 reviews
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 top 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 fightin...more
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Published June 3rd 2010 by Orion Publishing Group (first published March 20th 2008)
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Because, even after the first two volumes, every character will STILL surprise you. Because Glokta is the best fantasy character I've found since Tyrion Lannister. Because Logen is a mushroom-cloud-laying motherfucker. Because you should've seen it coming but you didn't. You really didn't.

Because even "gritty" fantasy writers are usually afraid to go this far against expectations. Because you will laugh. You will get angry. Because you will hate the ending. Because the ending is perfect. Becaus...more
mark monday
and so the excellent First Law trilogy concludes. this was a splendid experience and certainly a hearty one as well. many things to consider and many enjoyments to be had. a full meal! and quite a bitter feast at that.

and here is the Last Argument of the title, succinctly delivered by the ferocious sorceror Bayaz:
"Power makes all things right. That is my first law, and my last. That is the only law that I acknowledge."

this is a really marvelous series. bold in intent, clear in pu...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Say one thing for this reviewer, say she's a weak-minded sucker.

She really enjoyed the first two books of Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy. This story was original, had a unique style, fascinating characters, and a darkly cynical style. She liked it. It was fresh. But she was kind of hoping, even daring to expect, that the last book, Last Argument of Kings, might have an ending that was, if not perhaps exactly happy, at least somewhat satisfying.

Dan Schwent
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Okay, so here's the thing with this book and why I gave it no stars:

1) It's the third and final volume in a trilogy that up to this book was pretty much as good as fantasy gets: good characterizations, egaging plot, nice overall writing style, etc etc etc.

1a) I specifically liked the first two because they were surprisingly nasty, not dark mind you (no brooding emo heroes of the night), nasty.

1b) "Nasty" isn't meant sexually either, incidentally, in case you were flashing to Janet Jackson right...more
This is the conclusion of a grimdark fantasy trilogy. At this point practically everything I can say about the plot will be full of spoilers, so the most generic description will have to do. A war is raging in the north between Union and united barbarians. Another war is about to start in the south: people led by powerful and practically indestructible flesh-eaters quietly prepare to conquer Union - unless the northern barbarians do it first. Everything seems to be lost, but some powerful people...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Wow. Just finished, and that was a book that was just... wow. Made expectations, fulfilled them, broke them apart into little pieces and reassembled into a huge jagged collage of a work. Amazing. Glokta continues to be the character you would love to hate, except that he is the very essence of tortured humanity. Jezal grows beyond a self-involved ego into a man willing to stand for his beliefs--except that he remains manipulated and somewhat ignorant of the extent to which he is played. Logen un...more
Sep 24, 2012 Hanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hanne by: Fantasy Book Club Series
Shelves: fantasy

While reading the final hundred pages of this book, there is one quote that came to mind: “All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.” It’s from my favourite tv-series Battlestar Galactica but it could be a tagline on these series as well.

I have to admit after book 1 and 2 I thought that these trilogy was really good, but I didn’t fully understand the utter brilliance it supposedly had. Now after book 3, I get it. This last book is the culmination of so many things and shows...more
4.5 stars

Last argument of kings is an appropriately epic, dark and brilliant ending to a trilogy filled with great characters and a beautifully crafted, intricate plot. It provides a definite(if somewhat disappointing) ending to the trilogy that still leaves space for the characters and story to be further explored in the following standalone novels.


Jezal's character development was easily the best written in this series and among the best I've seen in any fantasy. From his introduction...more
Disappointing. This book probably deserves better than two stars, but I just can't bring myself to call it good, because I didn't really enjoy it even though I read it fairly quickly. Don't get me wrong: it's interesting enough, and the characters are still vaguely engaging, and there's plenty of action. By all means, the formula is there (even though it does feel a little bit tired).

So what's the problem? I guess I was just hoping Abercrombie would be able to salvage some of his characters and...more
Just finished The Last Argument of Kings...

Mixed feelings.
Definitely it is not worth re-reading, otherwise it would be like Logen, pissing into the wind. Real life is depressing enough, why make it worse?
I didn't expect a happy ending, but everything, absolutely everything to be bad? While you have to be realistic is a good motto, the ending is not realistic because life is shit and people do not change is overplayed.

The Blade Itself starts with a chapter 1 - End, and The Last Argument of Kings...more
"Book 3, the final one! We're almost there!"
"Yes, Sir, Mr.Abercrombie."
"So, let's see. We casted characters already and invented plots. What needs to be done now."
"Perhaps an ending?"
"Really? Aren't you enjoying my fabulous characters?"
"Of course, but you know, a good story needs an ending."
"Did Robert Jordan knew that? Does Martin think so?"
"Well, I'm not sure..."
"And they sold way more books than I did."
"Hm, this is true. But weren't you going somewhere with the story?"
"You're right, but maybe...more
In the finale to the First Law Trilogy, Abercrombie delivers his fastest, most intense, dark, gritty, humorous book to date.

The Bloody Nine is headed home. War rages across the North, and it’s time he settled a score with the King. Angland finds itself faced with a war on two fronts, as the Gurkish now march from the south, in addition to the war against the Northmen. After having to abandon the city of Dagoska to the Gurkish, Glokta returns to Angland to find himself subducted in politics as me...more
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorite novels (along with the other two books in "The First Law" trilogy). This series re-wrote the definition of fantasy "noir" (i.e., darker in theme, characters "grey" rather than black and white and more adult in theme). All three books were incredible and the end was terrific (and completely in keeping with the tone of the series). Brilliantly done. I can not wait for the next book by Mr. Abercrombie. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!

Nominee: David Gemme...more
I'm going to have to keep this review short because I'm on my way to have Joe Abercrombie's name tattooed on my ass in big block letters. Let's just say I loved the shit out of this book and Abercrombie is my new favorite fantasy author.

I've never had a man make me feel so good without actually touching me. That is all.
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Mikko Karvonen
"Delightfully twisted, and evil." The excerpt from The Guardian tells everything you need to know about Joe Abercrombie. He writes twisted fantasy where the characters are as wicked and dark as the plot twists and morale is not a relevant consideration for any decision. And he writes it well. In short time he has become one of the leading names of the genre, mainly thanks to the First Law trilogy that concludes in the Last Argument of the Kings.

And after finally completing the trilogy, I can't h...more
I left 4 stars for books 1 and 2, even though after book 3, I really wanted to dump all the books. It has been a while since I read any fantasy book and books 1 and 2 were a great reintroduction, or so I thought. Books 1 and 2 had great characters, action, and storylines. And I thought there was even some character development going on and general progress as far as the storyline was concerned. It all came crushing down with book 3. I understand that the author wanted to express the view that so...more
Sep 07, 2014 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't mind being depressed; fans of the first two books
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I don't know what I expected. Certainly not a happy ending for everyone. Certainly not that. But with 15 or so characters in a trilogy you'd think there'd be SOME kind of good.

I get it, I really do. Abercrombie's created this dark world. Torture, murder, rape, war, torture, battle, dismemberment, torture, wasting diseases, slavery, oh - and did I mention torture? Don't worry - Abercrombie's thoroughly convinced me that his world is a crappy place - a place where you'd be better off not being bor...more
I really enjoyed the first two installment's of Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy. However, I had a really hard time getting through Last Argument of Kings. I really bogged down during the battle scenes between Logen & Dogman's men and Berthod's army. There was a lot of gritty detail, but I was bored silly. Jezal dan Luthar's storyline got really interesting and there was some great comic relief and heroism from him. However, there wasn't enough of him. Also, Sand dan Glokta didn't hav...more
Story: 5/5
1: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline
5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provoking

The last book in the first Law series was without doubt the best in the series, with the convergence of all parties and a ending that still has me sitting here thinking, WOW! I am shocked, not because I picked the story ending completely wrong, it kind of went the way i expected to, there are some surprises, but nothing that will knock you off your seat. It is more, that you real...more
Mar 15, 2013 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Recommended to Eric by: Max Kotelevets
Shelves: fantasy
I was a little worried for this series after the second book seemed to bite off more than it could chew -- but as I have lamented before, middle books in trilogies are rarely perfect. In this case, the third book made all that pretense and set-up in Before They Are Hanged more than worth it. Every strand was fully explored and adequately resolved, in a believable manner by characters that stayed true to their personalities. While the ending is a bit infuriating at first glance, it fits with the...more
The plot and story arc are much better in this book than in book 2. The best thing this series has going for it has been the multidimensional, flawed characters. The problem becomes that by the end of this book every character either becomes so despicable, arrogant, cowardly, blood-thirsty or pathetic that it's hard to like any one of them. Without giving away too much I liked the non-traditional ending. It was not as satisfying as I hoped because it didn’t turn out like I thought it would, but...more
Nimrod Daniel
I'm really content with Joe Abercrombie's improvement with each book he writes, and the step from book 2 to 3 was quite a big one. I said it before that his characters, writing and unique style are superb, so he can write great books without an amazing plot, and that's what can describe the first two books in the series. I sensed that he really grew as an author since the very beginning of book 3 util the very end of the book, the plot amazed me all the way - definitely a 5 stars plot. Book 1 an...more
Paul Stotts
Joe Abercrombie‘s writing improved drastically between his debut novel, “The Blade Itself”, a hard-boiled, profane, dark fantasy-noir, and his follow-up novel, “Before They Are Hanged”. Now arrives the final volume in the First Law trilogy, “Last Argument of Kings”, and the question naturally arises, does Abercrombie again improve his writing chops between the two volumes or has he regressed artistically? The answer is emphatic as “Last Argument of Kings” is the best fantasy novel released so fa...more
David Sven
A thoroughly enjoyable finish to a fantastic series. There was a lot that needed to happen in this book to close out the various story arcs and a lot did indeed happen. There are more twists in the plot than a circus contortionist and many of our favourite characters are going to end up in unexpected places and positions.

Bayaz returns with his party from their failed quest to find “The Seed” at the edge of the world. Logen Ninefingers AKA “The Bloody Nine” decides to leave the Union and return t...more
I have a love/hate relationship with serieseses.

On one hand, you can look back on a competed series fondly with remembrance of immersion into an epic story or world. The story as a whole, for example The Dark Tower, or Lumley's Necroscope series, takes full cohesion and sticks in your mind for a long, long time.

On the other hand, once you've started one, there's a commitment level that hangs over your head as you veer away from it to other books. I can't read an 1800 page story in one shot. I do...more
Executive Summary: A fitting end to what is an essence a bleak series. Still, it made for an entertaining ride. I'm not sure what that says about me exactly. lol.

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I started this book fully expecting to give this book one of the those elusive 5 star ratings, but somewhere along the way it lost me. I'm still not quite sure why.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, but it just didn't hold my attention fully like a 5-star book does.

The Union is learning what Napolean and the Germans co...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
I thoroughly enjoyed this ending to the series. It’s amazing how close you can get to such a rough and tumble crowd. I’m glad that it ended completely unexpectedly because it's hard to say anything more than that it fit the story, as much as I expected something different. Wow, that's a mouthful of a sentence but so fitting that I can't possibly change it. Life’s tough and as Logan Ninefingers says, “once you know what has to be done, it’s better to do it, than to live with the fear of it.”

I really like how this book tied everything together. Far too often in a fantasy setting you see the climax of a book bring us a happy world where the bad guys are beaten, the good guys win out, the world is saved and... that's it.

In Last Argument of Kings, you get this, but a bit more. By the end of the series we start to understand that the good guys aren't always good. The bad guys aren't always bad (they're still bad but at least we understand the "why" of their "evil" in a way). But we do g...more
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Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy...more
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