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The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
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Nov 19, 2011

it was amazing

The Heroes - Joe Abercrombie

I have always been a fan of Abercrombie's; the Heroes is the second of three 'stand alone' novels set in the same world as his First Law Trilogy. Best Served Cold, the first of the three, was Abercrombie's own, original fantasy take on the revenge story (inspired by Kill Bill etc).

The Heroes is Abercrombie's take on war and (obviously) heroism. The novel examines the three day battle between the powerful Union of the South and the tough, rough Northmen, led by hard-as-nails Black Dow.

Much like Abercrombie's other books, the narrative switches between a few characters; in this case we have:
Bremer dan Gorst, a disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honour on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he’s far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt. Even if it’s his own.

Prince Calder isn’t interested in honour, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he’ll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it. Just as long as he doesn’t have to fight for it himself.

Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what that is with the world burning down around him?

This blood-drenched novel is fantastic; although the violence may be to explicit for some, its realistic. You really do feel as if you're there, ducking the arrows and flying human debris; there's far more to say.
I couldn't recommend this highly enough, entertaining and thoughtful, Abercrombie only gets better.
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