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Before They Are Hanged (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Joe Abercrombie

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Title:Before They Are Hanged
Authors:Joe Abercrombie
Info:Gollancz (2007), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 448 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Why are these characters wandering around. I'm not aware of any goals. Why is the master wizard looking for the seed? ( )
  scubareader | Aug 2, 2015 |
Definitely an improvement over the first, finally digging the characters - most at least, I'd like to see a couple return to the mud... ( )
  dandelionroots | Jul 31, 2015 |
This book was as good as the first book. I’m becoming more and more invested in Glokta, even though I never thought I would, him being what he is. But you can see the person behind the cruel occupation. The book is more gory than most fantasy books you read because of his perspectives, and has a dark outlook, but that itself makes the books fascinating in their own way. Logan and Ferro was a surprise but at the same time, not really. I hope they work it all out. Logan and Jezal are probably my favorite characters at the moment but all the characters are becoming dear to me. Abercrombie may become a new favorite author of mine. This series is recommended. ( )
  Kassilem | Jul 23, 2015 |
Donski! Review will follow tomorrow morning on www.areadingmachine.com ( )
  areadingmachine | Jul 6, 2015 |
I enjoyed this a bit more than the first one. It continues the story of the Empire under siege and the 'heroes' who may save it. While a bit long and drawn out with the typical fantasy 'trip to the end of the world', the heroes are well done and the book well paced. As this story progresses we get to know the individuals better and they get to know each other better in a fairly natural way. Three plot lines in the book occupy roughly equal parts and get equal attention - the northern barbarian invasion, the southern invasion and counter-efforts by Sand dan Glokta, the very effective Interrogator, and the world saving (or dooming) quest of the heroes. Typical fantasy stuff, but well done. Just as a comparison to other currently popular series, this is much better than the Malazan Empire books (those slog on and on and on with little point) and almost, but not quite on par with the Kingkiller series by Patrick Rothfuss. Rothfuss is better, but its not a huge gap. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 9, 2014 |
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"We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged." - Heinrich Heine
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Damn mist. It gets in your eyes, so you can’t see no more than a few strides ahead. It gets in your ears, so you can’t hear nothing, and when you do you can’t tell where it’s coming from. It gets up your nose, so you can’t smell naught but wet and damp. Damn mist. It’s a curse on a scout.
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Aber wenn man, sagen wir mal, auf einer weiten, großen Ebene mitten im großen Nichts in einen Kampf gerät, der sich nicht vermeiden lässt, dann versuche ich, drei Regeln zu folgen. Erstens: Tut Euer Bestes, wie ein Feigling, ein Schwächling und ein Narr zu wirken. Schweigen ist die beste Rüstung eines Kriegers, heißt es. Ein hartes Äußeres und schlagkräftige Worte haben noch nie eine Schlacht gewonnen, aber einige verloren. [...] Zweitens: Betrachtet niemanden als einen leichten Gegner, ganz gleich, wie ungeschlacht er wirken mag. Behandelt jeden Mann, als sei er zweimal so klug, so stark und so schnell wie Ihr, und dann werdet möglicherweiseangenehm überrascht. Respekt kostet nichts, und nichts bringt einen Mann schneller um als Selbstbewusstsein." [...] Drittens: Beobachtet Euren Gegner so genau, wie Ihr könnt, und hört auf die Meinung anderer, aber wenn Ihr einmal einen Plan gefasst habt, dann haltet an ihm fest und lasst Euch durch nichts davon abbringen. Wenn die Zeit kommt, um zuzuschlagen, dann solltet Ihr das tun, ohne zurückzublicken. Verzögerung ist aller Katastrophen Anfang, pflegte mein Vater immer zu sagen, und glaubt mir, ich habe ein paar Katastrophen miterlebt.
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Colonel West battles Northmen that invade Angland, inquisitor Glotka has a complicated and dangerous assignment defending the Union in Dagoska, and the magus Bayaz, leading a party that includes Jezal dan Luthar and Logen, seeks a relic that will allow him to enter the demon realm.
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Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is utterly unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone the cream of his forces. In the heat-ravaged south the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta. The city is braced for the inevitable defeat and massacre to come, preparations are made to make the Gurkish pay for every inch of land ...but a plot is festering to hand the city to its beseigers without a fight, and the previous Inquisitor of Dagoska vanished without trace. Threatened from within and without the city, Glokta needs answers, and he needs them soon. And to the east a small band of malefactors travel to the edge of the world to reclaim a device from history - a Seed, hidden for generations - with tremendous destructive potential. A device which could put a end to war, to the army of Eaters in the South, to the invasion of Shanka from the North - but only if it can be found, and only if its power can be controlled ...

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Superior Glokta has a problem. How can he defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when his allies can by no means be trusted? Ancient secrets will be uncovered and bitter enemies will be forgiven--but not before they are hanged--in this sequel to "The Blade Itself."… (more)

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