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Before They Are Hanged
Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
The second novel in the wildly popular First Law Trilogy from New York Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie. Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run -- if he could even walk without a stick. Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem -- he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world. And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters -- if they didn't hate each other quite so much. Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven -- but not before they are hanged. First Law Trilogy The Blade Itself Before They Are Hanged Last Argument of Kings For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out: Novels in the First Law world Best Served Cold The Heroes Red Country
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Michellesibs
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Mehso-so

Book two in the First Law trilogy and I was definitely into this more than I was book one but I can't say I love it, I'm interested enough to know how it all wraps.

Logan Ninefingers is still the character I'm the most into and I really liked his relationship with Ferro, I think their initial intimate scene was the most realistic I'd ever read!

I did feel a bit more interested in Glokta than I was previously.

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The_Book_Ninja
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Mehso-so

Not as good as book 1. We‘ve got 3 main threads in book 2. The 1st features Glokta, whose adventures carry the book. The 2nd has Logan Ninefingers and co‘s quest to the edge of the world. It isn‘t half as gripping as Fitz‘s journey in Hobbs‘ Assassin‘s Quest which is longer and more languid but less forced and much more interesting. The 3rd thread, featuring the Northmen & Major West, reads like a poor YA fantasy that is predictable and dull. 7/10

Bookwomble 7/10 seems generous from your review. Was the Glotka thread so much better that it partially redeemed it? 4mo
The_Book_Ninja If it wasn‘t for Glotka, I wouldn‘t go on to read book 3. His character is so well written It‘s honestly like a different authors wrote the other threads. 4mo
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Nessavamusic
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I do love the characters in this series. This second book in the First Law series continues the journeys of multiple heavily flawed but yet charming characters. This is definitely is not a ploy driven story, so it took me a while to finish. However, each time I picked it up I enjoyed the characters a great deal. I look forward to book 3. 4.5⭐️

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Twainy
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Book 2 of The First Law series. I love book mail!!! Beautiful hardcover! Beautiful foil on the boards! Cool stenciled sprayed edges. Love the end papers. Waiting for one more in the TBB monthly subscription box to complete this trilogy❣️❣️

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MidnightBookGirl
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Loving this series so far! Especially Superior Glotka. He's grumpy and devious and I am here for him and his schemes. These books are helping fill the holes that George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss have left in my bookish heart while waiting for them to finish their epic series.

#Readin22 #Pantone2022

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DuckOfDoom
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The plot thickens, the kitten purrs.

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DuckOfDoom
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I caught up with my #buddyread with @Maike yesterday. I love Abercrombie's Charakters and can't wait to devour the second half of the book.
It's leek and cheese soup week, as we are in quarantine. It's delicious.
The kittens are doing great!

Texreader They are precious!! ❤️🐈🐈 #catsoflitsy 10mo
rabbitprincess 😻😻 10mo
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CarolinaDE
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It's the second book of the First Law series and I'm hooked. Joe Abercrombie is just amazing, he truly has a gift of making you love characters, even if is a torturer.
Can't wait to read everything by the author!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds good, I have this series on my shelf but haven‘t had the chance to read it yet. 10mo
DrexEdit Awesome series! 😊 👍 10mo
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Itsmehere
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Current read 📖

Steven Pacey‘s narration is 🤯

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xicanti
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I headed back into BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED last night, and I think it‘s gonna stick this time! Hurray!

I also made Japanese-style mapo tofu. It had tons of umami but not enough spiciness, so I topped it with everything oil.

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xicanti
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I started BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED this morning, and while I do want to read it, I don‘t think I feel enough of a connection to it that I want to read it straight through. Unless something clicks in the next twenty pages, I‘m gonna make it my in-between book.

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LazyOwl
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These books are hard to put down. For a fantasy series, there's not actually a lot of magic, but the characters are vivid and flawed and you can't help but root for them.

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BookMaven9
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Huzzah! Another winner! Seriously awesome and memorable characters that you ❤️

marleed Great pic! 2y
BookMaven9 Thank you 😊 2y
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 4.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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Skeebies05
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Back at the laundry mat. I hated this weekend so much. Glad its almost over.

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my.books.in.squares
Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
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Book 2 of The First Law trilogy.

#currentlyreading

Deifio I was reminded of Logan Ninefingers today while in my German Hero Epos lecture. The professor talked about a hero epos where the main character kills in own son in a berserker rage (for some reason that's not the main plotline though 😅) 3y
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J0v1njelyn
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Before They Are Hanged, an awe-inspiring sequel to “The Blade Itself” left me in wonderment as I turned the last page. How could I not? With Superior Glokta‘s witty conversations to himself, as well as the first Magi‘s journey to the North and his hodgepodge group of characters, it‘s grimdark at its finest! With the best action and adventure sequences, Lord Grimdark could not have written it any better! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #TheFirstLaw

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lukea334
Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie

"A man who doesn't want opinions should keep his own mouth shut." 131

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JessoftheShire
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This was awesome. The characters and stakes are ramped way up and the end of the book just leaves you wanting to binge the last instalment. As previously said, the quest was my favourite part and so well paced, this balanced with the brilliantly written battle scenes really creates a atmospheric and fleshed out world. I am really excited to see how this story ends up.

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JessoftheShire
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Halfway through this one, loving it even more than the first. The “quest or journey” is always something I‘ve loved in a fantasy story and this one brings out Abercrombie‘s masterful control of his characters. They may not be conventional heroes but they are fascinating.

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annkuch13
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I liked this a lot more than the first one in the trilogy. It feels like we're finally past all the exposition and getting the meat of the story now. I'm pretty invested in all the characters now and really excited to see how everything wraps up in the last book.

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annkuch13
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Friday Night PSL

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annkuch13
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Evening plans

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annkuch13
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Sunday afternoon reading set up.
#catsoflitsy

myellenbee Great picture. You should read aloud to them.😼 4y
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annkuch13
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Continuing this trilogy next.

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Squidapus
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2nd books in a trilogy can often suffer due to being a way of simply moving a plot to get from Book 1 to Book 3 but this might actually be the best of the series. Squidapus thought it was a smart decision to not have the focus stay entirely on the adventuring party but splitting time between the most interesting character stuck behind in Glokta and maintaining some action with Logen's left behind mercenary band. An adventure that is anything but.

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Anton
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I'd say this was a vast improvement over The Blade Itself, but it's becoming clear that The First Law Trilogy is one epic story in three volumes so it makes sense that the first book would be mostly setup. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this one -- even the parts with Jezal, who is growing into a much more likable character. I'm excited to see where things go in the final installment. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Anton
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That's some good fight banter.

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Anton
Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie

"Doing better next time. That's what life is."

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BethFishReads
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Tons of action in this second entry in Abercrombie‘s First Law trilogy. Betrayals, twists, new relationships forged, deaths, politics. I love this kind of epic tale. 🎧 Steve Pacey‘s characterizations & accents & good sense of timing make this a recommended listen.

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Sylvilel
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"In order to act like a king, one need only treat everyone else like one."

- #JoeAbercrombie , #BeforeTheyAreHanged

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IReadThereforeIBlog
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The second in Joe Abercrombie's FIRST LAW TRILOGY is a gripping, action-packed novel that builds on Bayaz's backstory, develops the conspiracy elements and subverts the traditional fantasy tropes (I particularly like the growing humanisation of torturer Golkta) but I am disappointed by the lack of rounded female characters and diversity.

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JazzFeathers
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#JubilantJuly #Saga

Haven't read anything by Abercrombie yet, but l'm very curious to try him. I understand he write a modern kind of fantasy that is less magical and more realistic?

TrishB Yes, very gritty! 5y
JuliaTheBookNerd Dark & complex and characters who are very gray! I really enjoyed all of his books but they can be a little overwhelming and hard to get into for first time Abercrombie readers 😊 5y
JazzFeathers @TrishB l heard so 5y
JazzFeathers @JuliaTheBookNerd l heard of readers who dudn't like him, but l wonder whether this was because of his innovative form if fantasy. I suppose some fantasy readers prefer more classic incarnations of fantasy 5y
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StaceyKondla
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I still have no idea who the good guys or the bad guys are, as all the characters are mostly horrible and flawed people, but I am thoroughly invested in every one of them. This is a gritty, violent fantasy novel that has some life lessons to share and some surprising character development. I am definitely going to read the next book in this series!

Sylvilel Amen!😄 5y
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StaceyKondla
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I enjoyed the first book in this series and I am about to start this one now while relaxing in bed with the fans on (it's too hot here!!!)

Claireluana I love this series! The BEST anti heroes! 5y
StaceyKondla @Claireluana - That is what I found so surprising about the first book - full of unlikeable and horrible people that I couldn't help but like - strange irony 😊 5y
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mahasoor
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All the characters I like the most aren't very likeable. Glokta's my fave so far.

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StairwayToHeaven
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Doing better next time. That's what life is. -Logen

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StairwayToHeaven
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You gotta love Ferro :D

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StairwayToHeaven
Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie

Excited to begin the second book of this amazing trilogy!!

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