Before They Are Hanged – Joe Abercrombie

“The long blade whispered its secret and the Shanka split apart, clean down the middle like a flower opening, blood spraying out warm and comforting, spattering the anvil, and the stone floor, and the Bloody-Nine’s face with wet little gifts.”

Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he knows how to make you feel as though you are a part of the story! This picks up right after the events in The Blade Itself. Abercrombie does not miss a beat! You are experiencing all of these things alongside Logen & his crew, Dogman, FERRO MALJINN & we are thrust within Inquisitor Glokta’s internal monologue.. the end result is a badass, compelling, brilliant novel. You follow these characters throughout this time in their lives; you grow to care for these people; they become a part of you. It is quite a mind fuck, finishing an Abercrombie story. It takes a moment (or ten) to shake the feeling that you weren’t actually FOR REAL in that world. You weren’t riding alongside them on a quest. You weren’t sleeping around a campfire. You weren’t battling a giant. You are in fact just sitting on your couch, immersed inside this incredibly striking universe that was written by a darkly humorous madman!

A full ten fingers! I cannot imagine there being a better grimdark epic than this. Yet.. Abercrombie has more ahead for me. Somehow. And I just know the best is yet to come! I cannot wait to continue on with these characters who at first blush seem so unlikable, but who end up being some of the most complex, layered, masterfully written cast of characters I have ever read.

My one complaint, Mr. Abercrombie? WHERE ARE THE MAPS?! I NEED A MAP, DAMNIT!

PS. I cannot help but picture Logen Ninefingers as Rory McCann (one of my all-time favorite characters, Sandor Clegane/The Hound from GoT)! I always see his face in my head when I read Logen!

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.” – Heinrich Heine



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