The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

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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.
 

About Joe Abercrombie

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Joe Abercrombie is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Best Served Cold 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 daughters. Find out more about Joe Abercrombie atwww.joeabercrombie.com.
 
Published February 7, 2011 by Orbit. 555 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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A stand-alone set in the same world as the author’s The First Law trilogy and Best Served Cold (2009), this down-in-the-mud military epic may call itself a fantasy, but it reads more like a bracing blast of cruel reality.

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Examiner

If you liked Joe Abercrombie's first few releases (The First Law trilogy & Best Served Cold), you will enjoy The Heroes.

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AV Club

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A fantasy master follows up one terrific novel with a tangentially related masterpiece.

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As with Best Served Cold, it’s completely possible to read it without prior knowledge of his universe or its characters, though Abercrombie fans will spot recurring characters and thematic touches that weave in with his previous work.

Mar 17 2011 | Read Full Review of The Heroes

Open Letters Monthly

The first three “First Law” books brought Abercrombie a good deal of richly-deserved praise and fan loyalty, and his latest import to America, The Heroes, is set in that same world, only this time with a much tighter focus: this is the story of one battle, three days during which great armies of ...

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SF Site

Abercrombie shows us how easily one man's hero can be another man's villain and you certainly won't find any Sir Lancelot types in his writing, If that is the type of character you want to read about, I can recommend many different authors, but not Abercrombie.

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What if we’d had to guess rather than been told, point-blank, at the end of the book that the same essential manipulation of events guided us to our bloody conclusion as occurred in The First Law?

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SFFWorld.com

As we should expect, there are lots of flawed characters, nasty characters who might be nicer than we think (see also Glokta in the previous series), nasty characters who are just nasty (see Black Dow), innocents who have nasty things done to them...

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Red country is a very different book from the Heroes, it’s still got the entire trademark Abercrombie grittiness, pervasive violence, and dark humor, but it’s more about the characters and how they react to the extreme circumstances they’re put in that makes the book as good as it is.

Feb 03 2013 | Read Full Review of The Heroes

Fantasy Faction

Making sure you remember who is who, why ‘x’ fights for ‘y’ and what they think about fighting for ‘y’ and of course how their own individual story ties in to the novel as a whole will be key to how much you enjoy it.

Jan 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Heroes

The Ranting Dragon

I’ve only read the first hundred pages or so of the Heroes, but it’s far and away the best book I’ve read since, well, the last Joe Abercrombie book I read.

Mar 11 2011 | Read Full Review of The Heroes

Strange Horizons

Most fiction would have the motley triumvirate of Craw, Gorst, and Calder as the opposing force, yet in The Heroes, they are the heroes.

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Boomtron

The Heroes is a Joe Abercrombie book.

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SFX

Although The Heroes is a standalone book, it’s best read in sequence because people mentioned only in passing before are now major players, while the central cast from previous books, such as Caul Shivers, are reduced to supporting roles.

Jan 31 2011 | Read Full Review of The Heroes

Grasping For The Wind

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Black Gate

And the stories and the men don’t often have much in common.” —Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes Although it’s classified as fantasy, don’t be fooled: Joe Abercrombie’s The Heroes is every inch a war story, knee deep in mud and blood, with the term “heroes” used in a rather ironic fashion.

Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Heroes

Black Gate

After the lively discussion of two weeks ago regarding the decline and fall of modern fantasy begun by Leo Grin, I find a certain ironic pleasure in being able to unequivocally declare that Joe Abercrombie is, without question, the best writer of fantasy military fiction being published today.

Mar 13 2011 | Read Full Review of The Heroes

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