Abercrombie's prose is tight and evocative and just a little bit (okay, a lot) profane. In that regard, this book is just as good as his First Law trilogy, but I just didn't enjoy myself as much in this one. It took me forever to get through, and while I always had a good time while I was reading the thing, I never felt that urgency that's the best part about reading fantasy (about reading any good book, really, but I feel it most often with genre stuff). I guess I'm just not that interested in revenge stories. If your thing happens to be chicks with vendettas (think Kill Bill, minus the humor and minus the stylish visual homages) this book is for you. It just ain't for me.