Joe wraps up his The Blade Itself reread with Last Argument of Kings and has lots of insightful and revealing thoughts about the end of the trilogy:
The writing seemed a little less polished than it had in Before They are Hanged, not always, there were some really tight scenes, but often enough. A little bit of slightly lazy repetitiveness creeping in, some loose lines here or there that really add nothing. Bayaz is frosty, then he’s icy a few sentences later. People nod and frown and use rather bland gestures rather than doing things that feel new and arresting and illustrative of their character. I actually spotted a couple of real howlers, as well – “he closed his eyes and stared numbly down at the polished tabletop,” was one I particularly enjoyed. Or rather didn’t. It’s incredible, you go through this stuff over and over with a fine tooth comb and they still slip through. Minor though these things are, I think their cumulative effect on the overall sense of immersion and trust, if you like, in the writing, can be quite damaging. Jezal and Glokta’s chapters in the first part were generally the worst offenders – the more ‘cultured’ voices, if you will, while the stuff in the north generally felt tighter.Fascinating stuff. Muchly thanks to Joe for opening up this process.
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