After a very long break away from blogging, and even from reading, what better way to jump back into the book world than with another epic read from Joe Abercrombie. I hope that you guys have enjoyed the week of posts from these other amazing bookish people and if you haven’t already then please do go check them out!
Title: The Trouble With Peace
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Published: September 15th 2020
Series: The Age of Madness #2
Genre: Adult, Epic Fantasy
Whenever I dive back into the world that Abercrombie has so expertly crafted it feels oddly comforting given the battles and cursing and blood on the floor. The complex politics and plots, the wide cast of characters, the rich history and cultures all easy to sink back into. One thing that I have always loved about these books is how even after a lengthy break away the world, it is never hard to remember what came before or who people are.
I love the title of this book, it’s so apt for the words between the pages. As the second book in a trilogy I generally temper expectations as they can be very hit or miss but once again, Abercrombie’s book shines as a sequel and on it’s own. His writing is so vivid that it sucks you in, gruesome details and all. When you pick up a 500 page book it can feel daunting but I generally devour these books within a few days. The constant need to find out who is betraying who, if this person is going to die, will the battle happen, just what will happen next, means that the book is never far from me.
This time around it was Rikke that stole the show. She’s so vibrant and badass, easily my favourite chapters to read. A close second is Savine. Of the many twisted secrets and plots this time around there was just something about following her particular story had me needing to know what happened next.
To be honest, there’s not a lot I can say that won’t already have been said. This book is another masterpiece of intrigue and war and I am already looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy!
About the Author
Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter. In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.