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The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
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This was the first novel by Joe Abercrombie that I have read. It surely is not going to be the last novel of his I read either. In fact, I found his "The First Law" trilogy at a bookstore that was going out of business and bought all three, in trade paperback, for $25! Anyway, I have to say that I now wish that I had read "The First Law" trilogy first, before I read The Heroes, it might have caused me to bump it from four stars to five. We'll see.

I have read a lot of military history and military fiction, and Abercrombie's The Heroes is brilliant. It is raw, grim, gritty, and very, very bloody. "The Heroes" recounts three-miserable days of a titanic and gruesome struggle on a battlefield in some obscure little valley in some obscure region of Abercrombie's 'Circle of the World' setting. If you've read fictional accounts of the Battles of Gettysburg, Shiloh, Antietam, or even Waterloo, you'll feel right at home here. This is some seriously brutal combat fiction--and the title of the novel is really quite appropriate.

Finally, this novel has something that every fan of fantasy or military fiction will appreciate--Maps! There is a detailed quasi-topographic map of the valley and the locations of the all of the military forces involved in the fight for each of the days of the action. You'll find yourself continually flipping back to the pertinent map for reference as you read the book.

I think I'll come back and revisit The Heroes after I've finished reading "The First Law" trilogy and Best Served Cold. It just might get that fifth star...
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Jon Don't want to burst your bubble about maps, but none of the First Law series nor Best Served Cold includes any maps. I predict you will like them as well if not more than Heroes. Excellent review as usual.

Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) Yeah, I was slightly bummed about the lack of maps, but I must say that I ma loving this novel--"The Blade Itself". It sure keeps your interest!

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