Uthalin is waiting wrote:Thought they were good , a bit two dimensional . Better than the rest of the newish crop though .
I thought they were the first fantasy I'd read in years with some actual depth. Abercrombies stuff works on multiple layers for me. You have the strict adherence to the standard fantasy characters and tropes; powerful old wizard, heroic prince, mercenary, heroine, crippled bad guy, quest to find the magic weapon that will defeat the hordes of the all powerful big nasty etc, and then turns them all entirely on their head (I won't go into too much detail as I don't want to post too many spoilers for those who haven't read them). His cast are all believable and unique to themselves, with brilliantly sketched secondary characters. I could go into the nihilism and themes of the great press of humanity having almost no control over their lives, how we are all slaves to our urges and temperament but I'd be back in spoiler territory, so i'll leave off.
He also came up with possibly my favourite character in any fantasy/sci fi book with Sand dan Glokta.