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Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
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Jun 09, 2012

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Read in June, 2012

I realized that these books needed to be evaluated as a whole trilogy rather than individual books. This second book was still setting up the characters and plot for the grand confrontation.
It's an ugly, brutal world they live in. The ugliness is not necessarily physical; it's the ugliness of the soul where turncoats are everywhere and there is no trust.
I was rather disappointed in this book because the author seemed to have lost use for Ardee. She was such a pepperpot in the first book that I was looking forward to her further development. She seems to function only as an ideal woman for her brother and others to idealize further about rather than growing herself.
I liked learning more about the Northmen.

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