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The Heroes

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Joe Abercrombie

Narrated By: Steven Pacey

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: March 2016

Duration: 23 hours 0 minutes


An epic battle that will decide the fate of the North unfolds in this novel set in the world of the First Law from NYT bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.

Three men. One Battle. No Heroes.

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.

Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honor on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he's far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt. Even if it's his own.

Prince Calder isn't interested in honor, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he'll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it. Just as long as he doesn't have to fight for it himself.

Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what that is with the world burning down around him?

Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail.

For glory, for victory, for staying alive.

For more by Joe Abercrombie, check out:

First Law Trilogy

The Blade Itself

Before They Are Hanged

Last Argument of Kings

Novels in the First Law world

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  • Gregory F.

    I wanted to like this book. I love the 1st law Trilogy. I feel that trilogy is what all Grimdark authors will be compared to. I even enjoyed the preceding stand alone BEST SERVED COLD.That being said I didnt like this book at all. I DNF'd a little more then 1/2 way through. Bottom line was I just didn't care about any of these characters, of which there were many. Most of them I had to constantly go back to figure out who this person was. In many cases i didnt even know who was on which side and really what the hell they were fighting about... A hill? Additionally the only 2 characters that pulled me in which was Bayaz, and Ishri, were dangled in front of us in the beginning of the book and then are not heard from 1/2 way through. This was a miss for me

  • Steven Arcos

    the narrator is probably the best I've ever heard. His range in character voices is unbelievable. His pace and spirit taking voices is enthralling. It's impossible to imagine anything better. I am a big fan of this series. It seems to me that this is the least interesting story. It's a tale of a battle being fought in the northern country of Abercrombie's "circle of the world" told from point of view of different characters. Unlike the other stories we don't have a lead protagonist to follow on a journey of change. It seems that despite all of the conflict none of the characters experience any personal drama that affect their development. Still a very entertaining listen. I love the stories that come from this world especially being read by Stevn Pacey.

  • Brian Pander

    I cant get enough of the world of the First Law. I hope Joe Abercrombie has some new Series on the way.


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