Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield…
Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.
For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.
The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.
The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.
This book is the second in the series and picks up not too long after the events in A little Hatred. We return to the First Law world, whilst its enjoying a period of relatively peaceful times The Union still struggles to maintain its tenuous hold on power with threats from within and without.
It sets a slightly different tone from the first book and has a lot more more political maneuvering and backstabbing throughout – watching the multilayered plots and threads move together in different places and between the different factions was really a delight.
We follow the same point of views as A Little Hatred. Thrust into new roles and new responsibilities, Orso, Leo, Savine and Rikke have their work cut out when choosing who and what to fight for and in this book its time for them to carve out their own path and legacies.
The characters are memorable still flawed yet frustratingly in some cases all oddly likeable.
As usual the dialogue is stunning and full of wit. Dialogue is something that Joe Abercrombie really excels at.
The narrator for the audiobook was Steven Pacey and he was fantastic – he really brought the characters to life and you completely forgett that it was a singular person narrating it. One of my favorite narrators I’ve had the pleasure of listening too so far.
To sum up this is a wonderfully narrated audiobook and an epic follow up in this grimdark series. I recommend you pick it up.
4 out of 5 Biscuits
I was gifted my audiobook copy of The Trouble with Peace by Tor Books.