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The Trouble with Peace

(The Age of Madness #2)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  11,193 ratings  ·  1,152 reviews
Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield...

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordea
Hardcover, First UK Edition, 506 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Gollancz
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Simon Harrison Never let it be said that he misses an opportunity to work a clever little statement or first world saying onto every page, or spoken by every charact…moreNever let it be said that he misses an opportunity to work a clever little statement or first world saying onto every page, or spoken by every character. Maybe because I'm finishing my 9th book in 3 weeks, but it's getting a little wearing!(less)

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Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grimdark fantasy & The First Law fans
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ARC provided by the publisher—Gollancz—in exchange for an honest review.

Incredibly mesmeric and brilliant. The trouble with reading Abercrombie’s newest book is that there’s no more new Abercrombie book to read.

“He’d seen victories enough, and they were like the false summits of a great fell. You struggle towards ‘em, sure you’ve made the top, then the moment you get there you see another just beyond.
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I read a copy of The Trouble With Peace via ARC provided by the publisher (Hachette Book Group/Orbit U.S.) for an honest review.

It's difficult for anyone to take my First Law reviews at face value because they know that I am a huge Joe Abercrombie fan. What they might not know is that I can be extremely objective when I put on the "book review goggles." And that's what were going to do here.

The Tro
James Tivendale
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Trouble with Peace in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank both Joe Abercrombie and Gollancz.

Following on from the dramatic events that concluded A Little Hatred, we return to the First Law world whilst it is enjoying a period of relatively peaceful times. Although Abercrombie is the master of defying our expectations and misleading the reader, even for him, everything remaining peaceful for a whole book would have been a step too far.
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The fantasy world that Joe Abercrombie created going back to the First Law trilogy is astounding in its depth and detail, with its own history, society, politics and culture. This is what it means to create an otherworld. I have visited this fantasy world for many years and been fascinated by the range and diversity of characters I’ve met. Characters that come alive through their dialogue, delivering much more than the spoken word but with a sense of mood and thought, ambition, desires,
Nick Borrelli
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What to say about this book and series? I'm beginning to run out of words to describe the excellence of these stories and this author. Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, for those who are unaware, is my second favorite fantasy series of all-time only behind Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams. But I have to say that after reading the second book in Abercrombie's follow-up series THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE, it is going to be really difficult to choose which one belongs in that #2 slot.

This bo
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well, goddamn. I’m reeling.

{update 27/09}
I'm supposed to have written a review for this by now but I just don't know where to start....
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
"If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to burn it down."

I just let out a breath I didn't realize I had been holding..
Personal rating: 3.5
Nicholas Eames
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal, though Abercrombie always is. This was my first time listening to a First Law audiobook, however, and I think I'm hooked. Steven Pacey's narration is absolutely incredible. ...more
Deborah Obida
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
“A bank with a reputation for mercy is like a whore with a reputation for chastity—one fears they won’t get the job done.

The Trouble with Peace is a great sequel to A Little Hatred, this picked up six months after the incident of the first book with our protagonists trying to get used to their new roles. Orso is now king, Rikke's long eye is driving her crazy, Leo don't fancy peacetime and Savine is suffering from PTSD after the events at Velbeck.

If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that there
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by the publisher—Gollancz—in exchange for an honest review.

A savagely stunning sequel!

The Trouble With Peace takes place shortly after the events of A Little Hatred and its ominous conclusion. Whilst peace has been hard-won, it is a peace built on shaky foundations and the title for this second book in The Age of Madness trilogy is not coy about the direction of this story.

‘In times of peace, the warlike man attacks himself.’
Friedrich Nietzsche

I want to avoid any possible spoile
Abercrombie is one of the masters of modern epic fantasy. When you finish one of his epic dramas, you will find that you are as shellshocked and battle-hardened as some of his characters. "The Trouble With Peace" is book two in The Age of Madness trilogy. It is highly recommended that you begin with book one ("A Little Hatred") to understand who all the characters are, how they are connected, and what the history of this fantasy world is. Indeed, it starts with part IV, not part I. There are eve ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-shelf
After the first book in The Age of Madness, I expected great things to come from this broken and confused little kingdom, but I expected more out of my new favorite characters -- those flawed, nuanced, crazily confused little nightmares of young people never quite knowing what they should be doing.

Mind you, I don't blame the author for the characters not being engaging and fascinating, because they most certainly are. I root for all of them even when I want to slap them up the side of their head
Peter McLean
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Superb - I think I'm enjoying this new trilogy even more than the original First Law books. Abercrombie at his best. ...more
Mike Shackle
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Joe Abercrombie does it again. This is a wonderful book, so beautifully and brilliantly written. I don't know how he does it. ...more
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Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘What some called madness he recognised as diamond-edged clarity. The time for arguments in the teahouse, for pretty words and fancy theories, was over. The grasping hands of the owners, the noblemen, the king and his venal henchmen could only be opened by force. Fire and steel would be the last words in their argument.’

It’s always tricky writing reviews for sequels, so whilst I’ve tried to be mindful of spoilers for the first book, A Little Hatred, please be aware that there will inevitably be
Adam Whitehead
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trilogies can be a tricky structure to pull off. All too often they consist of a great opening volume and a solid conclusion, but where the middle book exists mainly to pad out the wordcount. In the case of The Age of Madness, the second trilogy set in Joe Abercrombie's First Law world, the work justifies the length. A Little Hatred set up the characters and reintroduced us to the world some thirty years on from the events of the original trilogy and three stand-alone follow-ups, and focused on ...more
Zandt McCue
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
The trouble with peace is that it does not last. People sitting idly tend to get bored. The trouble with this book is that *I* was bored.

This had been my most anticipated book of the year and ended up almost being one of the few books I did not finish. The first tenth of the book is dreadfully boring. The first half is continually boring with one of two really short moments (pages) that I enjoyed. The second half does get better especially the last quarter of the book. Twenty-Five percent of a
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
26/25 (104%) 5 stars.
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Brilliance again, though I personally prefer A Little Hatred as it focused more on the North while this is a Union book. Great political intrigue and depiction of the various layers of society and their issues and struggles, good character development though I would've loved to see more of Rikke. What frustrated (that sounds too harsh - tickled?) me a bit was the plot armour... I'd love to see some ruthlessness, some protagonist k
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This was an absolute masterclass in character development and slow-burn political intrigue from possibly my favourite author working today. Abercrombie pulled off the extremely rare achievement of setting up a conflict with complex, flawed but deeply sympathetic characters on both sides. While most of this book had fairly little action with a focus instead on political maneuvering I still found it compelling and it was as engrossed as I've been in a book in a long time. The POVs are an
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the best book i've ever read. Joe Abercombie has made a fool of himself and his entire former body of work, and created a book most authors couldn't even dream of writing.

TLDR Tropes:

- Villain protagonists
- Villain families
- Morally grey everything
- Redemption arcs
- Love triangles (that are actually good)
- Lovers to Enemies
- Grimdark
- Themes of war and trauma
- Battle queers
- Vicious women and the himbos that love them

As a highly anticipated sequel, I will not cover the plot of the book.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"There's a great change coming."

I've long ago run out of superlatives to heap on Joe Abercrombie's First Law world books. Needless to say, they all apply here in spades. Despite this being a middle book, typically a kind of lull in any trilogy, Abercrombie manages to deliver some astounding developments, as well as resolutions, while still leaving us hungry and expectant for the final installment.

I'm perpetually blown away by his ability to deftly develop a whole new set of unforgettable charact
Luke Scull
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another excellent Joe Abercrombie novel. This one didn't feel *quite* as expertly refined as A Little Hatred, and some elements occasionally felt, dare I say it, a tiny bit like a rehash of earlier work, brilliantly written though it all is. A solid middle book, and one I trust will setup a barnstorming final book in the trilogy. I hope we get to see more of the old guard and behind-the-scenes movers and shakers (the Magi et al) in book three! ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars.

Somewhere along the road The First Law series evolved from twisting of troupes to having story that stands on it's own legs but this still isn't the best book partially because it doesn't have as good set of main characters as original trilogy or condensed blood, violence, cynicism and dark humor of Heroes but still a joy to read from start to finish with exception of Leo Dan Brock's PoV chapters.
Dean Ryan Martin
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-top-choice
Done reading THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE - Book 2 in The Age of Madness Trilogy. "In war, all they sent were good wishes and in peace, all they send are demands (page 42)!"

Author's Writing Style: 5 STARS. Yay - Smooth writing. Short chapters. Easy to read. Nay - All my English teachers in school trained me to begin a sentence with a noun. It makes me wonder why this book has sentences that start with a verb. One example is found on page 365, "She noticed the muscles squirm in Broad's jaw. Saw his big
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, dark-fantasy
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Buddy read with Marc *Dark Reader* of the Woods.

The Trouble With Peace is the second volume of Joe Abercrombie’s “The Age of Madness” series and the “bloody ninth” set in his “First Law World.” It is the story of an empire split by revolution, the dawn of an industrial age, and the people caught in this whirlwind of change.

Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say his First Law books continue to improve. That is not to say any of them are of low quality, quite the contrary. Starting with the first
kartik narayanan
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just Wow.

Joe Abercrombie delivers yet another masterpiece with 'The Trouble with Peace'. It is as brutal and poignant as his other books. The characters are brilliant and the writing close to perfect. And I love how the book ends.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Once you've chosen your moment, holding back is folly.

Oh bravo, this was truly excellent, nothing held back indeed! (Seriously, Abercrombie deserves more stars).
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only disappointing thing about this book was that it finished. I enjoyed it all the way through, never any slow or dull points in the storyline. Just gripping and a worthy follow up to #1 in the series.

I could almost repeat much of my praise in the review of #1. Sparkling writing and dialogue. Excellent characters and development of said characters. Full of marvellous reflections by various characters on their imperfect lives and the world. And I really did get engaged with many of the chara
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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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