Last Argument of Kings wraps up The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and I have mixed feelings about it – although mostly positive!
This is a series that focuses primarily on characters, with the worldbuilding and plot not being much of a priority. The characters are what most of us readers rave about in our reviews and recommendations to others, so obviously something was done right, but this has meant that this final chapter to the trilogy was a bit unsatisfying.
I’m not the first to say this, but I do believe in the theory that Abercrombie did this on purpose as a continuation of the theme that life isn’t very satisfying. This isn’t a fantasy trilogy wholly about an epic plot; rather it is about the journeys of these characters who we have deeply connected with, even when we would rather not.
I’m keeping this all spoiler-free so readers who have not read The First Law trilogy yet can read this and know what to expect: amazing characters, an exciting and interesting world, and a reading experience that will stay with you long after finishing the final page.