Before They Are Hanged : First Law

  • von Joe Abercrombie
  • Sprecher: Steven Pacey
  • Serie: First Law
  • 22 Std. 37 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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 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 his elite 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... but a plot is festering to hand the city to its besiegers 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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Klasse, witzig, heftig, einfallsreich

say one thing for joe abercrombie, say he`s a writer.
Das sind coole Figuren und eine breit angelegte Geschichte. Da ist Witz drin und einiger Sarkasmus. Ja, die Story ist auch brutal. Für mich ist JA auf dem Weg in die erste Reihe der Fantasyautoren. Ihr solltet Inquisitor Glokta, Logan Ninefingers und die ganze Bande mehr oder weniger wahnsinniger Figuren kennen lernen und heraus finden, ob Ihr sie mögt. Ich freue mich jedenfalls auf die nächsten Bände!
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- Freesienfee

A lot of action, but little direction

Abercrombie is a great story teller, but the story itself did not go anywhere in this book. This is not unusual for a trilogy, where the middle book leaves all the questions unanswered.

3 different story lines compete for the attention of the reader:

Superior Glokta, the crippled shadow hero of the story defends Dagoska, an isolated town in the south of the Union, against Gurkish invaders. Political power play, intrigue and human weakness add some spice to this part of the story.

The magus Bayaz leads a small band consisting of the violent and brutal Logan, the arrogant and stuck-up Union officer Jezal dan Luthar, the vicious and mysterious Ferro Maljinn and a navigator on an eventful journey to the end of the world. The trip is full of adventures and surprises and as unbelievable as it sounds, a little bit of bizarre romance between Logan and Ferro.

Colonel West defends Angland in the north of the Union against the invasion of Bethod, king of the North. A little group of rough Northmen, friends of Logan and all of them 'named men' become his allies.

Abercrombie packed a lot of action into this book, incredible fighting scenes, cruel and bloody details of torture, complex intrigues and political backstabbing, but somehow I felt like watching an action movie where the special effects outweigh the story. Regardless of that, it is an entertaining and gripping novel.
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- BikerJoe

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 03.06.2010
  • Verlag: Orion Publishing Group Limited