The last Argument of Kings – Book Review (The First Law Trilogy , Book 3)

It’s a hard thing to be a writer and it’s harder to be a fantasy novel write but you know what is the hardest? it’s being a good Great Fantasy writer and don’t let anyone tell you different because Joe Abercombie is a Fucking Genius and The First Law Trilogy a Masterpiece in the genre .


I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them

So Then the First Law Trilogy finally concludes as Joe Abercombie Manages to finish this unique Story in a mere span of 3 years & while many of the great Authors of the Fantasy genre beg to the reader to be patient for their new books to be unveiled in an typical unorthodox fashion , like his books , Joe Abercombie finished one of the true gems of the fantasy genre in 2008 and published in with an apt name about Kings* and their final argument.

You can never have too many knives, his father had told him. Unless they’re pointed at you, and by people who don’t like you much

*Do note it is a plural statement , not King it’s Kings and not going into the spoiler territory but that holds a huge importance in itself.

Truly, life is the misery we endure between disappointments

So After the countless brutal battles , the countless Chopped heads , the uncountable broken fingers and the unaccountable number of gums being sucked the battle concludes and while many may have expected that it will end all happily ever after with rainbows and leprechaun farting golds Joe Abercombie instead gave you an ending that somehow manages make an anti – Tolkien feeling in your chest .

Proof is boring. Proof is tiresome. Proof is an irrelevance. People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes

So While most of the fantasy fans who have grown up reading Tolkien inspired fantasy Joe Abercombie gives them a realistic ends instead and he does it without a shout of heads-up . In other words he changes how fantasy books have come to be and maybe set into motion a new style in the world of Fantasy which for more than half a century just kept on reliving the Tolkien version of the fantasy genre and in doing so maybe he finally managed to what he initially set out to do . He Revolutionized the Genre

Rules are for children. This is war, and in war the only crime is to lose

But maybe  I am getting ahead of myself , maybe I need to start from the beginning , all the way to the first book .And maybe I should Because when I look back at the first book I find that despite the original story and the dark setting and the clunky writing nobody warned me how this would all end , I probably should have seen it coming and bloody hell I didn’t and therein lies the beauty of this book that has surpassed it’s predecessor and in the process made the series a Masterpiece .

Luck is a woman. She’s drawn to those that least deserve her


So When we last met our unlikely bunch of allies and Glokta and the helpful former associates of Logan Ninefingers we had plenty of questions left to answer and a 2 different wars left to be won and a weapon to win the wars missing and one wondered how with a book just over 500 pages long the author will manage the feat and in the process not ruin his work . Joe Abercombie I am happy to say surpassed all those fears and managed to produce this book which solved all the problems , which answered all the question , which made your previously lovable characters the most hated , Your previously inspiring leaders into a bag of scum and the ones you hated before turn out to be the one you feel pity or Love* for .

But you can’t truly hate a man without loving him first, and there’s always a trace of that love left over

*and when I use this term I use it very very vaguely

So The War is fought , lives are lost and lemme tell you most of the characters end up acquiring the things that they always had ambition for and yet by the time you close the last page of the book you end up feeling shattered , and shocked . Because despite everyone getting what they wanted it certainly not a happy ending , and it makes you remember the age old saying ” be careful what you wished for ”

Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever

The Author manage to keep all his hard work from the previous books intact in this one and he manages to improve his writing as well . And as mentioned above he manages to make the depth of his characters look really really deep and while doing all that he manages to make you feel what you have never felt before .

You have to realistic about these things

On a personal Level I have absolutely nothing to be critical about with this book and for me Glokta is the best fantasy Character written ever . But as it is I do believe that each and every one has their personal taste and while the whole book and the series are a masterpiece well worth your time , This book in particular holds a lot of value with it’s Finale . So while I guarantee most readers will appreciate the trilogy and this book I guess if you don’t have a stomach to handle dark gritty story with a realistic finale *then that is the only way I see you hating this book.

*especially the finale

So in conclusion I can’t stress enough how good this book is and how one should totally read this to experience a new kind of fantasy tale . A tale so original and unique that it laughs at the face of all those fantasy novel you read in the post Tolkien era .So it’s safe to say that when Joe Abercombie wrote this trilogy he intended to make a revolution , Change the way people see Fantasy genre and if you have read this book I believe you will agree that he has Succeeded


4 thoughts on “The last Argument of Kings – Book Review (The First Law Trilogy , Book 3)

    1. I would say you have a great taste , I met few peoples on twitter who didn’t even like a single character from the book and berated me for saying this was a great book , and personally apart from Jezal from the 1st 2 books and Bayaz I love every character in this book , even Arch Lector Sult

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      1. kind of what I said to them . except I may have used something like “you won’t know a good Character if it came and hit you up your ass” or something 😉

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