Before They Are Hanged

Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie [no spoilers]

I definitely enjoyed this one more than The Blade Itself.

Honestly the first book does a disservice to the series. Not that The Blade Itself was bad but it took time to get the story going, to know the characters and enjoy their pov's. In short The Blade Itself felt like the prologue to Before They Are Hanged.

Upon finishing The Blade Itself I had no idea what the story was and were the plot would go from there. All the characters were kind of interesting, and in the end I wasn't that invested in their individual story. But The Blade Itself was entertaining, it contained adventure, political intrigue, Northmen, and Inquisitor Glokta. So, all the good stuff but still not enough for me. And in my book that counts for something around three star. Therefore not enough reasons to not read the sequel.

With that mindset, and mainly because I wanted to know what would happen to Glokta I picked up Before They Are Hanged. And I'm glad I did. Because if The Blade Itself didn't convince me, Before They Are Hanged surely did.
Now I'm completely hooked.

New favourite character: Practical Vitari