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The Heroes

(2011)
(The second book in the First Law World series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
British Fantasy Society Best Novel (nominee)
An epic battle that will decide the fate of the North unfolds in this novel set in the world of the First Law from NYT bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.

Three men. One Battle. No Heroes.
They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud.
Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.
Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honor on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he's far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt. Even if it's his own.
Prince Calder isn't interested in honor, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he'll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it. Just as long as he doesn't have to fight for it himself.
Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what that is with the world burning down around him?
Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail.
For glory, for victory, for staying alive.
For more by Joe Abercrombie, check out:
First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

Novels in the First Law world
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Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Imagine The Lord of the Rings as directed by Kurosawa." - Lev Grossman


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Hardback Editions

2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Heroes (Signed)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 1-59606-490-0 / 978-1-59606-490-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean Press
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January 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Heroes (World of the First Law)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 0-575-08383-2 / 978-0-575-08383-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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February 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Heroes
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ISBN: 0-316-04498-9 / 978-0-316-04498-1 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heroes (World of the First Law)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 0-575-12776-7 / 978-0-575-12776-0 (UK edition)
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May 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heroes (World of the First Law)
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ISBN: 0-575-08385-9 / 978-0-575-08385-1 (UK edition)
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October 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Heroes
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ISBN: 0-316-19356-9 / 978-0-316-19356-6 (USA edition)
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October 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heroes (World of the First Law)
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ISBN: 0-575-09957-7 / 978-0-575-09957-9 (UK edition)
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heroes
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ISBN: 0-575-08384-0 / 978-0-575-08384-4 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Heroes
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 1-4789-1126-3 / 978-1-4789-1126-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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March 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Heroes Lib/E
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 1-4789-1123-9 / 978-1-4789-1123-4 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Heroes
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March 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Heroes
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 1-4001-1847-6 / 978-1-4001-1847-2 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Heroes
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ISBN: 1-4001-4847-2 / 978-1-4001-4847-9 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Heroes
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ISBN: 1-4001-6847-3 / 978-1-4001-6847-7 (USA edition)
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February 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Heroes
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Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
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February 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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February 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Heroes
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February 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Heroes
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Heroes: A First Law Novel (Set in the World of The First Law Book 2)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Gollancz
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May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Heroes: A First Law Novel (World Of The First Law Series Book 2)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Gollancz
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February 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Heroes (Set in the World of The First Law)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Orbit
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January 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Heroes: A First Law Novel (Set in the World of The First Law Book 2)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Gollancz
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January 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Heroes: A First Law Novel (World of the First Law)
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Publisher: Gollancz
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