A Little Hatred - more dark fantasy from Abercrombie

  • Posted on: 27 March 2020
  • By: Lore

A Little Hatred Book CoverInnovation is all the rage in the Union as the next generation picks up the reins from their parents. Although some characters from the first two First Law series return, they are much older now since it is 28 years after the end of the first trilogy and the focus is squarely on their children. The Dogman's daughter, Rikke, is not a fighter like her father, but she is gifted with "the Long Eye" and can see the future. Jezal's son Orso has certainly inherited his father's penchant for women and wine and just like his father he is ill prepared to be the next ruler. And finally, Glokta's daughter Savine is making a name for herself as an investor with the cunning she has learned from her father. All three are PoV characters eager to take on the world, unfortunately for them they are unlucky enough to inhabit a Joe Abercrombie world so things aren't likely to turn out too well for them.

A lot of the plot revolves around the negative side of innovation and those left behind by progress. In the Union, the workers displaced by all the new machines and inventions rise up and rebel against progress, and up North the Union is falling back as the invading Northmen are taking back some of the land they lost in the earlier books. There is plenty of misery and suffering to go around and it falls on the shoulders of this new generation to do something about it. Of course the prior generation isn't done manipulating events for their own benefit so things go from bad to worse for just about everyone involved. There is also a budding romance between two of the characters which is certain to have a happy ending. Lol

This is classic Abercrombie and if you are a fan of his work then you will find a lot to like here, but if you didn't like the earlier books then nothing is going to change for you here. There is more of the usual deep character development of the earlier books, but of course any happiness for those characters comes at a price and it usually doesn't last all too long. Despite what it might say about me as a person this new series has me hooked and I can't wait for the next installment. The audiobook version is narrated by the great Steven Pacey and it doesn't really get any better than that.