Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The concluding volume of Abercrombie’s ‘First Law’ trilogy maintained the pacing, action and gritty humour established in the first two volumes. Given Abercrombie is not one to shy away from the harsher, darker side of the genre, this trilogy was never going to end with a ticker tape parade.
I particularly enjoyed the way Abercrombie continued to skirt stereotypes, setting them up to be subverted at a later point. Many – but not all – of the loose threads were tied off as well.
Overall, a very enjoyable series, with plenty of memorable characters working in the grey areas between heroes and villains.