Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

The Heroes was a book we read last year in our sci-fi/fantasy book club -- a book my husband, Michael, suggested the book club read, since he really likes the author.  (In fact, he has suggested another of Joe Abercrombie books as one of the book club's selections this year: Red Country, the next book in the same universe as The Heroes and Best Served Cold.)

The book is military fantasy, I suppose you'd call it -- it's a fantasy world, but the entire thing, from beginning to end, is about the days leading up to a single, epic battle -- and the battle itself, of course.  The book follows a host of characters on both sides, often switching points of view (in third person) in the midst of battle.  For instance, you might be following one character who gets killed by another character on the other side, and then you follow the new character's point of view until he gets killed or interacts with yet another character.  It's an ingenious way of writing a battle, and it was one of the most stunning things about the book, in my opinion.

Although Michael has read all of Abercrombie's books (except for Red Country, which we are reading with the book club later this year), this was the first I had read, and I have to say I really liked it.  I am looking forward to reading Red Country, and at some point I plan on picking up the authors trilogy (also set in the same world) and

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