The Heroes

The Heroes

Book - 2011
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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
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011
Edition: 1st North American ed
ISBN: 9780316044981
Characteristics: xi, 541 p. : map ; 25 cm


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mvkramer Mar 22, 2016

First of all, I'd like to give kudos to Abercrombie. This book has loads and loads of characters, but he manages to give them all personality and uniqueness. Despite taking place over such a short period of time, the story is very compelling, full of twists and turns until the very end.

Jan 18, 2016

Reading this books was a bloody good time... and I mean BLOODY. Recall the fight scenes in the movie Braveheart. Now imagine a story with nothing but that gruesome fighting for hundreds of pages. A little too long for me, but intense. I found who I was rooting for change from one chapter to the next. There is a lot of villainy on both sides without any real villains.

Jan 04, 2016

Multiple voices explain what it is like to be in the middle of a bloody sword battle. Gruesome but engaging book on the realities of war from those who have to fight them.

Oct 15, 2014

Abercrombie's ability to give his many characters authentic 'voices' brings this prolonged battle to life. Just a great read and even better as an audiobook.

Aug 05, 2014

The story of several days of battle between the Northmen and the Union, in Joe Abercrombie's world, from multiple viewpoints. Some characters, from his previous novels- The Blade Itself, were mentioned
but were not central to the story, so the previous books are not needed to have been read.
I like how all the characters were self deprecating to themselves, but had to posture and make themselves out as brash heroes "in public". How he lets everyone know how senseless war is. How the youngest "hero" Beck, develops and grows up in those few days.
A bit confusing at times, jumping from one viewpoint to another, and from one side of the battle to another. Bayuz' influence in the war is hinted at, but not not exactly how he was able to achieve his ends.

JCLGreggW Feb 15, 2013

This standalone novel from fantasy author Abercrombie takes a grunts-eye-view of three days of battle in a fantasy world. The well-organized Union squares off against the rough and tumble skirmishers of the North, centered around a Stonehenge-like structure called "The Heroes." Abercrombie delivers a dark yet brilliant novel, full of memorable characters on both sides who rise and fall with the tides of war. Fans of gritty fantasy or historical fiction will find much to love here. Highly recommended.

Aug 07, 2011

Another great book from a great author. I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Abercrombie's books so far and look forward to the next.

debwalker Feb 26, 2011

Fantasy sword epic meets mlitary historical fiction.
"A devastatingly realistic look at the emotional and moral landscape of military combat - never mind that it's set outside historical reality." --Ron Hogan


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mvkramer Mar 22, 2016

Sexual Content: There's an explicit sex scene between one character and a prostitute.

mvkramer Mar 22, 2016

Violence: This is a graphic war story - blood and guts all over the place.


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