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A Little Hatred (Age of Madness) Audio CD – Unabridged, 17 September 2019
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From New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie comes the first book in a new blockbuster fantasy trilogy in which the age of the machine dawns but the age of magic refuses to die.
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.
On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments.Savine dan Glokta socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another...
"No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie."--"Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Joe Abercrombie is the author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full-time writer and freelance film editor.
- Publisher : Hachette B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged AUDIO edition (17 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 154910103X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549101038
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 4.83 x 14.22 cm
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Once you get past the first few chapters of your first Abercrombie book and become use to his slightly different and raw writing style, you'll be hooked.
Each series or standalone book is based on a historical theme. This one is similar to the 1800s industrial revolution. The rise of steam power removes the jobs of skilled wool weavers and spinners. It causes poverty and gives rise to rebellion. In the background the north (similar to the Highlanders) is invading the south (similar to England).
As expected - gruesome battles, torture and death; but with wit, humour and wisdom He's the best at that.
An awesome book. I can't wait for the second in the series.
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Abercrombie had spoken about this book as his attempt to further subvert the genre with a greater emphasis on female characters and a desire to see the world he has created move on and evolve.
He has been 100% successful in achieving these goals but instead of subverting the genre he has shifted into an entirely different one.
Anyone picking this up looking for a fix of what made the other books in the First Law series some of the best in all of Fantasy will be disspapointed.
Loved the earlier stuff but thinks this maybe over reaction intended to appease an audience the author thinks are overly concerned about gender and other bias ?
Abercrombie has never been afraid of bending the genre; you only need to look at the Great Leveller trilogy to see this in practice. Best Served Cold as pulp revenge, The Heroes as war-weary epic, and Red Country as a spaghetti western. All three books showed his inclination to take fantasy in new directions.
A Little Hatred is set in the world of the First Law as it sits on the cusp of an industrial revolution. The story is told through the eyes of a variety of flawed, likable characters, some familiar and others new. There is no central quest to save the world that the first law poked fun at, but rather is a story of two rebellions as they unfold, exploring each side and the impact the upheaval has on the characters.
I loved that it explored themes not commonly addressed in the fantasy genre; greed, capitalism and classism. While Abercrombie has previously seemed hellbent on subverting all expectations to the point where it can sometimes be frustrating to see a plot you enjoy being upended, he shows a level of subtlety of portraying the characters that feels to me much more authentic.
My only complaint is that the relationship between a certain two characters was telegraphed early on and so the reveal felt forced. I feel it would have been nice if the author let you in on it from the start and then had fun with the irony of the reader knowing but the characters not, but it's a small gripe.
Most of all, I look forward to seeing what the rest of the new trilogy brings.
from cameos from characters from previous series to throwaway lines referencing places and events from previous series.
The first law was set in a world where the rule of Magic was dying but still very much present the purview of a few chiefly Bayaz first of the Magi and it was his machinations that set the stage for the events in that series and introduced some of modern fantasies most iconic characters chiefly The Bloody Nine and the best anti hero in fantasy fiction Sand Dan Glotka the bitter self loathing Torturer Brilliant and relentless. Self aware with a large vein of pitch black humor and many acid edged observations on human nature the series was also a riff on the type of fantasy as embodied by Tolkien, though like the very best satire it stands on its own two feet as a work of fantasy in it own right.
Now the Age of Madness fast forwards 30 years or so to the start of a industrial revolution things are changing but the more they stay the same revolutions war and treachery loom large and if the tag line for the original series was Tolkien for Nilhilists then here I suspect Discworld for Absolute Basterds would be appropriate.
I will say that your love of the age of madness will depend on how wedded you are to the trappings of epic fantasy that the first series was draped in i always argue that joe Abercrombie real genre is satire so while the first series mocked Tolkien while at the same time did a homage then this series does the same to the kind of humanist diverse fantasy as embodied by Discworld but where that series was about hope that underneath everything we could be better then obviously this series comes at a far more cynical angle, I loved it but if you read Abercrombie because you think he is a more gritty David Gemmell then you are possibly in for a bit of disappointment there’s still violence galore but if your not familiar with Discworld or flintlock fantasy then it might appear that joe is suddenly writing a period piece, stick with it keep a open mind and I don’t think you will be disappointed.
They are diverse bunch of characters, Savine Dan Glotka daughter of the most feared man in the union a rich investor in her own right she finds her confidence and Self Worth shaken by events in the book brilliant and venomous she isn’t half as formidable as her father is but then she hasn’t lost as much, Prince Orso a wastrel and drunk he is also crown prince of the union doomed, seemingly, to repeat his fathers journey. Leo Dan Brock the young lion, brave courageous and dumb. Rikke north women chiefs daughter and possessed of the long eye the ability to see the future, Gunnar Broad ex soldier who comes home to find he has lost everything in the name of progress and Clover a Northman who once bore a far more fearsome name.
Joe Abercrombie is one of my very favorite authors he wrote in my opion the finest modern Fantasy novel the Heroes and gave us one of fictions best anti heroes in Sand Dan Glotka and this is magnificent and a huge return to form I had thought his last first law book red country, while still very very good, was too much a slave to western gimmicks this book is just about perfect and comes with spitting distance of the perfection that is heroes, in a book that is very much about perception and guises about who we see ourselves us versus the world and how we really are they are a lot of clever things going on for long time readers certain questions get asked
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Repeating the past is a big part of the book and joe Abercrombie novels in question while the details are very different the essence of Orso journey seem to be mirroring his father and Sand dan glotka seems to set up to follow Arch lector Sults path with talk of figure heads and taking the blame and the past making way for the new and yet, yet long time readers know that Jezral was never as self aware as Orso and long time readers know that even if he hasn’t been a POV character since the first law series that one thing that makes Glotka what he is a absolute refusal to lose as is the case in his books much of the fun to be had is reading between the lines and finding out whether you were right or wrong.
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The worst thing about this book will be the wait for the next well written fantastically well paced and magnificent, if not always positive, Character growth this is another superb book by a master. All hail the King!
This is an awful book that commences a series I have no interest in finishing.
Whoever wrote the reviews 'energetic', 'thrilling' and 'witty' clearly never picked this book up.
It's slow, long winded, horribly predictable and very putdownable. The characters were barely two dimensional. I was so disappointed.
It's lacks pace, substance, wit and most of all action. A million miles from his wonderful norm of wit, intrigue, raging action and brutally engaging and rounded characters.
Only my opinion. Longing to see Joe get this series off his plate, return to form and I'll see him again for the next series.