Blurb for Joe Abercrombie's THE HEROES


From the author's website:

“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 neighbour, 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 honour 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 honour, 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…

Three men. One battle. No Heroes.”

This should be good! For more info about this title: Canada, USA, Europe

5 commentaires:

Luke said...

Okay. Totally pumped about this book. Will buy it day one. And I know I will love it.

BUT:

Really? The "last honest man in the north"? A grizzled old fighter who's sick of fighting and wants to do the right thing?

Logen was awesome. Shivers was distinct enough to still be pretty great (if depressing).

But really? How many times can he recycle the remorseful, murderous northman?

Zafri Mollon said...

Gonna be good. As long as he is somehow distinct from shivers I'll be fine.

Casey said...

You said it yourself - he's managed to make it fun and interesting twice so far. I say keep rolling. Just because something has been does doesn't mean it still can't be done well and it isn't like those that he's used so far haven't been unique personalities in their own rights.

Trust me, I'd be the first person in line to question if he had made them recycled and generic.

.scott said...

3 words. CAN'T. FUCKING. WAIT!

Man, it sounds good, and some of the characters are introduced in his short story "The Fool Jobs" and that was a cracker of a story!

This is so on my can't wait for it list.

Kah-thurak said...

Hm... Abercrombie has been repeating himself since The Blade Itself (which was good), and this does not seem overly innovative either. I guess Best Served Cold will stay the last of his books I read.