The First Law tickled my fancy for this whole “grimdark” thing.
“Dark Fantasy” is a tricky thing to describe. George R.R. Martin and Steven Erikson both have written works which are much, much darker—but on a grander scale. Nobody gets as up close and visceral as Joe Abercrombie. He shows you the depravities of war without the graphic filter common to most stories.
Expect blood. Expect gore. Expect pain.
One of the things I liked most about The First Law was that it was honest. I thought the characters acted the way real people would act in certain situations, and the author didn’t give in to any high-handed ideals.
Let’s spend a minute talking about Glotka. If there was ever a character to stick with you long after the book has been read, this guy is it. His chapters were always something to look forward to, partly for the action (yay torture scenes!) but mostly for his wit and internal monologue. (view spoiler) Glotka is what he is, through and through.
The progression between books was also incredible to watch. I almost felt like Chancellor Palpatine standing there saying, “we shall watch your career with great interest.” It just kept getting better and better!
PS I realized I suck at group reads for series. The plan was to read a book a month, but I got so caught up that I finished them all within a couple weeks. Sorry Rob.