The New York Times bestselling first book in Joe Abercrombie's The Age of Madness Trilogy where the age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever. On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments. Savine dan Glokta -- socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union -- plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control. The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another . . . For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out: The First Law SeriesThe Blade ItselfBefore They Are HangedLast Argument of Kings
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What happens when a society goes to war against magic? A Little Hatred may have the answer. The first book in the Age of Madness trilogy and the seventh in Joe Abercrombie’s grimdark First Law universe, the story picks up some 30 years after the original trilogy, with a new generation living in the morally ambiguous world their parents forged. Don’t worry if you’re a newcomer. This easily works as a stand-alone too, thanks to its instantly gratifying Game of Thrones–esque portrayal of a revolutionary industrial society. It’s filled with political intrigue and wit, not to mention a few sexy encounters, graphic fight scenes, and some supernatural mysticism. Whatever you’re into, this book has it.
Abercrombie expands the First Law fantasy universe with a new epic saga of war and power set in a world where the industrial age is rising. Rikke's Long Eye, a somewhat reliable prophet, foresees a battle in the North, but she doesn't expect Northern warrior Stour Nightfall and his men to come looking for her. Luckily, she escapes, reuniting with her father, the Dogman; a friend, hotheaded Leo dan Brock; and Leo's mother, Lady Governor. Together they fight for glory against superior Northern forces. Far away, Prince Orso is hungering for a cause, and when the Northern attacks worsen, he finds it. Without the funds for an expedition, he persuades Savine dan Glokta, his lover, to invest in his army so he can support the Dogman and the others. Meanwhile, rumblings of rebellion emerge as workers suffer. Business-savvy Savine sees an opportunity in the unrest but when she travels to the industrial city Valbeck, revolutionaries seize control of the city, destroying factories and taking hostages. Orso and his new army are ordered to Valbeck to put down the insurrection, leaving the Dogman, Leo, and Lady Governor stranded and forced to make difficult choices. This isn't a bad starting point for new readers, but returning fans will get the most out of it, as these characters are the heirs and descendants of the previous books' protagonists. With expert craft, Abercrombie lays the groundwork for another thrilling trilogy.
The next generation is even better than the first.
Returning to the world of Adua Ambercrombie picks up one generation later. The story is as wild and exciting as any other and can be joined in by new readers but for those long time readers it holds the most fun as old names and subplots are picked back up again. Highly recommend this book!
It has been such a long time since I so thoroughly enjoyed a book. I didn’t not read this off of iBooks but in actual paperback and came here just to make a review, that’s how strongly I feel about this book. I found myself wanting to read it not for the story but the awesome writing itself. But the story was good as well. Lots of thought put into it. So much character and depiction in each scene, but not too much. Each of his characters come alive and they have flaws like actual people. In the beginning I very much didn’t like Savine or Orso but they ended up being some well rounded characters, especially Orso. Will definitely be getting the 2nd book.
My favorite book of the series
The added element of the industrial revolution into an otherwise familiar fantasy background brought a most welcome and unique change to the series. I’ve loved every book so far but this one was on another level and showcased Joe’s growth as a writer.