Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie – An Audio Book Review

Last Argument


The end is coming.

Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him, but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can top him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.

With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war – a secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted. His days with a sword are far behind him. It’s a good thing blackmail, threats, and torture still work well enough.

Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is too painful, and turned his back on soldiering for a life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too, and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on someone.

While the King of the Union lies on his death bed, the peasants revolt and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No-one believes that the shadow of war is falling across the very heart of the Union. The First of the Magi has a plan to save the world. But there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, after all, than to break the First Law.


Author: Joe Abercrombie

Narrator: Steven Pacey

Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited

Audio Release Date: 03/06/2010

Running Time: 27hrs 3mins 

Genre: Fantasy

My Rating of ‘Last Argument of Kings’: 5 out of 5

Purchase: Audible UKAudible USAmazon UKAmazon US



I’ll start off by saying that, yes, I know the cover used is for the book/e-book and not the audio book. The reason I have done this is because the covers used for the audio books are absolute garbage and the covers used for the books are gorgeous. Now, on to saying how freaking amazing this book is.

Last Argument of Kings is pretty damn amazing. It’s a fantastic end to a fantastic trilogy that ties so many threads together in ways that, although I may not have liked them all, were brilliant all the same.

I’m glad I’m re-reading this at a time when so much of the First Law world is written and published. I’d hate to be constantly waiting for the next book as Abercrombie’s writing style is far too beautiful to have to wait too long to enjoy. Everything from the way he sets a scene to how he includes background characters, in ways that are so genuine and seemingly effortless, that you can’t help but imagine everything that’s going on as real things in a real place.

His speech is, by far, some of the best I’ve encountered of any author. Speech between characters is far too easy to get wrong and have it feel clunky. Abercrombie does a wonderful job of conveying emotions, general attitude and, all while making it seem natural.

My only gripe would be that be that I’d have liked a little more closure at the end but, considering there are a good deal more books in the series, I feel the open way certain aspects were left were done entirely on purpose.

If you’ve not read the First Law Trilogy and you’re a fan of well-written dark, epic fantasy, you really need to sink your teeth into this wonderful trilogy sooner rather than later. It’s full of deep storylines with wonderful writing and beautifully crafted characters that are far too easy to get familiar with. By the end of it, you just might be left feeling like they’re real folk rather than just names on a page.

The audio book was by far my preferred way of enjoying this trilogy. I read it a good few years ago and decided to embark upon a re-read (listen). Steven Pacey’s narration turns what was a fantastic story into a vibrant one brimming with life, character and emotion. Can’t compliment Pacey highly enough for his work on this.

18 thoughts on “Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie – An Audio Book Review

  1. I agree with your assessment with the books, they really are pretty damn amazing! This might be my favourite trilogy written this century (no, not of all times 😉 ). You convinced me that, when the time comes for a re-read, audio will be a good option. I prefer my first encounter with a masterpiece to be in my own voice, but for the second or third time I found that a good interpretation is a wonderful thing. I have Abercrombie’s short stories in my Audible library, also read by Pacey, and I really enjoyed listening to him.

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  2. I’m glad you loved it so much! 😀
    This trilogy was one of the very first reviews Piotrek and I wrote in co-op. Logen is such a great memorable character that he took by storm a place of honor in my private Pantheon 😀

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  3. This is one of the instances in which I can forgive myself for having waited so long to read a series, because I can enjoy it in sequence – if not back to back – without having to wait for the next book, and knowing that there are still the stand-alone novels to explore makes me happy that I need not say goodby to this world and Abercrombie’s amazing characters yet.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  4. I also would’ve liked more closure, but I did like that it matched up with the way the series began, so… Plus, there is a little bit more in the following First Law books which I honestly can’t remember if you’ve read or not. Either way, nice review and great that you loved the book! I think I had more issues with it but honestly can’t remember why 😅


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