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The Wisdom of Crowds

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Part VII
Like a King
The Little People
No More Trouble
Bring Out the King
All the Cards
A Little Public Hanging
Nest of Vipers
Lines of Communication
The Politician
An Exhibit
Different This Time
Too Many Principles
A Sea of Terror
Worse Than Murder
Far from Finished
The Only Explanation
The Good Work
The World a Camp
Better Than Carnage
A Matter of Time
Taking and Keeping
Love, Hate, Fear
This Half-Arsed Conspiracy
A Spicy Denunciation
None of the Cards
Horror on Horror
The Dragon’s Hoard
None Saved
The Same Side
Break What They Love
The Little People
Satisfaction and Regret
Part IX
Ready for a Fight
We Know Who You Are
The Side of the Saints
The Sentence
Forging the Future
A Half-Baked Loaf
We Must Have Enemies
A Sea of Power
Not for the Prizes
It Was Bad
So Many Changes
Good Times
Of Your Heart a Stone
The Only Crime
Great Men’s Footsteps
The Moment
A Little Private Hanging
The Villain
Curses and Blessings
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A series set in the First Law World by Joe Abrecrombie.

1) A Little Hatred
2) The Trouble with Peace
3) The Wisdom of Crowds

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A series of novels written by Joe Abercrombie that take place in the same world that the original First Law trilogy did.

1) The Blade Itself
2) Before They Are Hanged
3) Last Argument of Kings
4) Best Served Cold
5) The Heroes
6) Red Country
7) Sharp Ends
8) A Little Hatred
9) The Trouble with Peace
10) The Wisdom of Crowds
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The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie is a gripping and entertaining novel set in a world of magic and intrigue. The story focuses on the adventures of four main characters, each with their unique backstory, motivations, and secrets. The plot is centered around a great political and magical crisis that threatens to engulf the land.

The story unfolds in the city of Valbeck, a bustling metropolis at the heart of the kingdom of Starikland. The city is home to a diverse array of people, including wealthy merchants, powerful nobles, skilled craftsmen, and a large population of poor people struggling to survive. The novel begins with the introduction of the four main characters.

The first is Savine dan Glokta, daughter of the infamous Inquisitor Glokta. Savine is a young woman of great wealth and beauty, who uses her intelligence and wit to manipulate the people around her. She has a keen mind for business, and is a shrewd investor who is always looking for the next big opportunity. Savine is also secretly in love with an old friend, Leo dan Brock, who is the heir to the throne of Starikland.

The second character is Rikke, a young girl with the gift of prophecy. Rikke is the daughter of the chief of the Dogman's tribe, a group of warriors who have sworn allegiance to the king of Starikland. Rikke's gift is both a blessing and a curse, as it allows her to see the future but also makes her a target for those who seek to control her power.

The third character is Orso, the weak and ineffectual son of the current king of Starikland. Orso is a lazy and self-absorbed young man who is more interested in drinking and carousing than in ruling his kingdom. He is constantly under pressure from his advisors, who are all vying for power and influence.

The final character is Leo dan Brock, the handsome and charismatic heir to the throne of Starikland. Leo is a skilled warrior and a natural leader, but he is also haunted by his past and rarely shows his true feelings to others. Leo is fiercely loyal to his people, but he is also deeply conflicted about his role as a future king.

The novel's central conflict begins when a group of powerful and mysterious figures known as the Breakers arrive in Valbeck. The Breakers are a secret society of magic-users who seek to overthrow the established order and replace it with their own vision of the world. They are led by a charismatic and enigmatic woman known as the Weaver, who possesses the power to control and manipulate the minds of others.

The Breakers quickly gain a foothold in Valbeck, using their magic to sow discord and chaos throughout the city. They begin to recruit followers from among the city's disaffected and disillusioned citizens, promising a better future for all if they join their cause. The city becomes divided between those who support the Breakers and those who oppose them, with both sides resorting to violence and intimidation to achieve their goals.

As the situation in Valbeck deteriorates, the four main characters find themselves drawn into the conflict. Savine becomes embroiled in a complex financial scheme involving the Breakers, using her business acumen to try and outmaneuver them. Rikke is kidnapped by the Breakers and forced to use her gift to help them in their quest for power. Orso is sent on a mission to negotiate with the Breakers, but finds himself out of his depth when he comes face-to-face with the Weaver. And Leo must confront his own demons as he sets out to stop the Breakers once and for all.

The Wisdom of Crowds is a fast-paced and action-packed novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Abercrombie's world-building is impressive, with a richly detailed setting that feels both familiar and exotic. The characters are engaging and multi-dimensional, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The plot is full of twists and turns, with plenty of intrigue and excitement to keep readers interested. Overall, The Wisdom of Crowds is a must-read for fans of fantasy and adventure.

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Added: 15-Aug-2022
Last Updated: 19-May-2023


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The New York Times bestselling finale to the Age of Madness trilogyfinds the world in an unstoppable revolution where heroes have nothing left to lose as darkness and destruction overtake everything.

Chaos. Fury. Destruction.

The Great Change is upon us . . .

Some say that to change the world you must first burn it down. Now that belief will be tested in the crucible of revolution: the Breakers and Burners have seized the levers of power, the smoke of riots has replaced the smog of industry, and all must submit to the wisdom of crowds.

With nothing left to lose, Citizen Brock is determined to become a new hero for the new age, while Citizeness Savine must turn her talents from profit to survival before she can claw her way to redemption. Orso will find that when the world is turned upside down, no one is lower than a monarch. And in the bloody North, Rikke and her fragile Protectorate are running out of allies . . . while Black Calder gathers his forces and plots his vengeance.

The banks have fallen, the sun of the Union has been torn down, and in the darkness behind the scenes, the threads of the Weaver's ruthless plan are slowly being drawn together . . .

"No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie." —Pierce Brown

For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

The Age of Madness
A Little Hatred
The Trouble With Peace
The Wisdom of Crowds

The First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country

The Shattered Sea Trilogy
Half a King
Half a World
Half a War
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Notes and Comments:
First Paperback Edition: August 2022
Originally published in hardcover and ebook in Great Britain by Gollancz and in the U.S. by Orbit in September 2021

Meet the Author
A previw of "Age of Ash" by Daniel Abraham
A preview of :Engines of Empire" by R S Ford



Joe Abercrombie  
Birth: 30 Dec 1974 Lancaster, England


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