The Heroes

First Law World #5

Joe Abercrombie

fiction fantasy
adventurous dark medium-paced

581 pages | first published 2011

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 neighbor, 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.

THE HEROES

For glory, for victory, for staying alive.

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Moods

dark 100%
adventurous 77%
tense 66%
funny 44%
emotional 16%
reflective 16%
challenging 5%
hopeful 5%
informative 5%
inspiring 5%
lighthearted 5%
mysterious 5%
sad 5%

Pace

medium 52%
fast 29%
slow 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 83% | Character: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 14%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 28% | No: 14% | N/A: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 61% | Yes: 23% | N/A: 15%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 7% | No: 7%

Average rating

4.17