The Heroes by Joe AbercrombieThe Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

The Heroes

byJoe Abercrombie

Paperback | October 9, 2012

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They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud.

Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

Bremer dan Gorst, 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?

Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail.

Three men. One battle. No Heroes.
Joe Abercrombie is the author of theFirst Law Trilogy(The Blade Itself,Before They Are HangedandLast Argument of Kings). His standalone novels (Best Served Cold,The HeroesandRed Country) are also set in theFirst Lawworld.His novels have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Awards, John W. Campbell Award and th...
Title:The HeroesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0575083859

ISBN - 13:9780575083851

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasy Considering my lack of praise for the other First Law World books that I've read, why would I read another one? Well, I'm at a point in my fantasy reading where most new authors/series I've been trying haven't succeeded in keeping my attention. So I decided to read a known commodity, even if that meant reading a mediocre book. Luckily, The Heroes was the first really good Abercrombie book that I've read. I loved the way it covered one battle for 5 days in one location. Sometime I feel that big battles can be cumbersome to read about, but Abercrombie does a good job at moving the POV through the battle to show the reader 'the good stuff'. You never get bogged down in tactics. The evolving maps throughout the novel also help immensely in picturing the battle. Like when I read Sharp Ends, I felt I was doing a lot of catch up because I haven't read the First Law trilogy. But after reading the wiki I'm really looking forward to reading Red Country and the next trilogy.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Another great story in the First Law world. Abercrombie doesn't dissappoint.
Date published: 2017-02-01

Editorial Reviews

THE HEROES is an indictment of war and the duplicity that corrupts men striving for total power: bloody and violent, but never gratuitously so, it's imbued with cutting humour, acute characterisation and world-weary wisdom about the weaknesses of the human race. Brilliant-GUARDIAN