The Heroes

The Heroes

by Joe Abercrombie
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The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

THE HEROES

For glory, for victory, for staying alive.

First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

Novels in the First Law world
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780575083851
Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Series: First Law World Series
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author


Joe Abercrombie is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full time writer, and occasional freelance film editor, who lives in Bath, England with his wife and three children.

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The Heroes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Arrat More than 1 year ago
It can be read w/out reading the others, but helps if you have read his other books. The characters & plot are well developed. What I like the most is there really isn't "good" vs "evil". You see both sides of the story & you have a hard time "cheering" for one side or the other. Also unlike so many other books, you "may think" you know what is going to happen BUT WHAM, surprise! This is a book for adults: gritty, dirty, some sex, cursing & a lot of blood & gore. I love his other books as well. If you are tired of the same old, same fantasy then he is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked The First Law series, you'd like this too. The entire story is only about a week long, but you're able to get so intimate with the characters. The cynical humor, and crazy sadistic battles are still there with just as much flare as Abercrombie's previous books. This book can be read stand-a-lone, but it's NOT recommended. The reader wouldn't know the situation of the war or the motives of key characters. Not to mention that there's plenty of background you'd need to know for this to actually seem significant. I think the person jumping right into it would be asking why the hell do they care about this war. My only gripe and god dang it's a big one; still no Nine-fingers. Stop joshing us Abercrombie, we all know he's not dead, and was by far your most intricate character you've created thus far. And please, stop teasing us with this Wizardry, make a Second Law series already :P By the way, it's better then Best Served Cold. On par (or better depending on which parts you liked most) with The First Law series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Union commander Lord Marshal Kroy knows his direct reporting officers are incompetent mostly political appointees who believe they will be the hero of the upcoming combat. None of these egomaniacs has any real combat experience. However, you must play with the deck you are dealt. The much smaller opposing force of Northmen is led by Black Dow, who has quite a kill rate. His throne is shaky as his brutal reign is built on his citizens' fear of him and the Union King wants no deadly rival as his neighbor. On top of that Calder wants to replace Black Dow as the ruler arguing for peace in our time. Soon all will converge in a battle for the ages as all of the North land will feel the epic impact for centuries to come. Though located in the Abercrombie world of the First Law thrillers, this terrific saga can be read without the trilogy. War enables ordinary people an opportunity to perform heroic deeds (think of the medial of Honor winners). Joe Abercrombie pulls no punches when it comes to combat as masses are fodder for the glory of a general, a king or a country. Yet like U.S. Army staff sergeant Guinta and those listed on the Vietnam Veterans Wall these are the real heroes of battle that Mr. Abercrombie honors when the avaricious leads to insanity by leaders seeking empires. Harriet Klausner
djerry More than 1 year ago
I freakin crave great books, and some of my favorite authors are Thomas Harris, George Martin, Bernard Cornwell, and Vince Flynn. Joe Abercrombie is my new all-time favorite because his writing style and storylines are both top notch. In all of the "First Law world" books he manages to set-up interesting stories with fascinating characters, and then, and heres the really tricky part....he consistently finishes in a satisfactory way. I cant imagine how many highly recommended books Ive read that are well written, and start off great, but then....pssshh...something goes wrong and Im bored, or disappointed with the plot development. In The Heroes my man Joe hits a grandslam. This is a great, epic book, vintage Abercrombie. Of all the interesting characters Ive read about over the years, Bremer dan Gorst might be the best. I love that a lot of people cant handle the rawnness of this book, but they couldnt appreciate shows like The Wire either...makes me feel kinda special! But make no mistake, besides being a hell of a tale, this book is truly unique because it looks at war from so many fascinating perspectives. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of like a Catch 22 but set in a medieval fantasy type world. I enjoyed it thoroughly, enough to make me recommend it to others and start lookin at this author's other works.
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heydavid More than 1 year ago
Joe Abercrombie has become one of my favorite authors. He has developed a very credible, if violent, world. His language is very rough, so I wouldn't recommend for younger readers. But the story is terrific. The story only spans 4 days(I think). But the characters are terrific and the action is non-stop. It's about a battle, told from both sides, with no favorite. loved it.
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Awesome! One of my all time favorites!
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LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
WAR The setting is the fantasy world created by Abercrombie in his previous books. We have met some of the cast of characters before to include Black Dow, Bremer Dan Gorst, the Dogman, and Bayaz. However, we are introduced to many more to include the leadership of the Union forces and named men of the North opposing them. Also as in his previous books, simultaneous characterization of this host of protagonists is excellent, the humor is dark, and the pace is fast. However, what this book is most about from cover to cover is war to include the motivation to fight, tactics and strategy, the character of leadership, the politics of war, and the thoughts, character and courage, or lack thereof, of veteran soldiers and raw recruits. Many of these elements could be applied to warfare at any time in our history to include the present although the weapons, armor and vicious battle scenes are reminiscent of medieval warfare. This book is not for those looking for a fairy tale. However, those wanting their fantasy to be realistic, brutal and peopled by memorable characters with obvious flaws will be extremely satisfied
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the joe abercrombi series. Almost as good as best served cold. Almost.
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By taking place over three days, The Heroes ends up being far more focused than the typical fantasy novel. In this case, the world is a fairly dark and real place with magic not having any bearing on the proceedings. But there is a lot more to it than just being gritty, or in the relentlessness of the plot. Instead the book is very well paced, allowing room to breathe while keeping the tension high throughout. It never feels punitive or overtly cruel to the characters, and just left me with a sense of appreciating a great story. And in all of this, the variable cast of characters actually show more natural growth and nuance than you would typically see over the course of a mega epic series.
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Awesome plot. Awesome characters. Awesome battles. It felt real. Joe does a great job in illustrating the full picture. Glory. Fear. Revenge. Wonderful story.