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Greetings. I am the Illusive One. For many years now I have been a huge video game player, movie viewer, and book reader. For almost as long, I have been a critic of these things and many people respect my opinions of these things and have often said I belong on G4 doing reviews on X-Play or a similar show. Sadly that is not likely to happen. So instead I shall do reviews for you, uninfluenced by other reviewers, of video games books, movies, and, occasionally, music and political actions. I hope you find this informative and helpful. Thank you for your time.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Last Argument of the Kings Review

            Well, it's time for me to give you my take on the last book in the First Law Trilogy.  It's the Illusive One's review of Last Argument of the Kings.
            Like the previous two books, this one has three different storylines.  The war continues to rage in the north and has slowed to a stalemate.  After returning from his journey west, Logan Ninefingers has returned to the north to settle some unfinished business with the King of the North, Bethod, his oldest friend and his oldest enemy.
            The second deals with Jezal dan Luthar, who, after returning from his journey west, has decided that soldiering, adventuring, and winning glory is too painful an undertaking.  Unfortunately for him, the Magi Bayaz has not yet finished with Luthar and glory has a nasty habit of sneaking up on a man when he least expects it.
            In the third, Superior Glokta has returned to the Union and once again finds himself trying to prove Bayaz is a fake.  Unfortunately for him, he has too little time and too many masters who all are at each other’s throats and sooner or later, Glokta will have to pick a side.
            While all of this is going on, the King of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasant’s revolt and the nobles scramble to steal his crown.  None of them seem willing to believe that the shadow of Gurkish invasion is about to fall on the Union and only Bayaz knows how to stop it.  But there are risks and there is no risks greater then breaking the First Law.
            Like the previous installments in First Law, I have next to nothing bad to say about this book.  The characters come into full circle, the battles are just as epic as ever, it had a lot of dark humor, and there were so many twist that my head just kept on spinning during the last quarter of the book.  If I had any criticism with this book, it's that their seemed to be too many battles in it and this dominates most of the book.  It also left a few things hanging and there were a few characters whose fates you weren’t sure of and it made the ending a little frustrating.  On a final note, this was the book where Bayaz was revealed to be the villain he is, and if you read this book you will find out why he is my number one villain.
            Unfortunately this review and my first two don't give the books justice.  So check them out and enjoy them.

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