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How to read The First Law series

You probably heard of The First Law, superb books. Amazing catchphrases, really action thriving, and a great story. If you want to know how to read The First Law series just keep reading.

The First Law is a medieval fantasy series written by   Joe Abercrombie. At first, this series consisted only of a trilogy and therefore it was pretty easy to know the proper reading order but the British author wrote also three stand-alone novels set in the same world. If that was not enough, there is an upcoming trilogy whose first book, A Little Hatred, will be published in September 2019.

In what order should I read The First Law?

If you are wondering the proper order for this series, in this case, I recommend you reading them in published order since it is at the same time the chronological order.

Quick note: there are also short stories which I didn’t include in this reading order. In case you want to read them, I suggest you do it after reading Red Country. Considering the short stories, that is the best way to read The First Law books in order.

Here you go, this is the best order to read this series:

The First Law reading order

Instructions

  • The Blade Itself (The First Law trilogy)
  • Before They Are Hanged (The First Law trilogy)
  • Last Argument of Kings (The First Law trilogy)
  • Best Served Cold (stand alone novel)
  • The Heroes (stand alone novel)
  • Red Country  (stand alone novel)
  • A Little Hatred (Upcoming trilogy) 2019
  • The Trouble With Peace (Upcoming trilogy) 2020
  • The Beautiful Machine (Upcoming trilogy) 2021

If you were wondering what is the best order here you have the answer. Keep reading!

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The Lord of the Rings Despite the movie

The Lord of the Rings has been a huge influence not only in the epic high fantasy genre but in the literature in general. The Lord of the Rings has sold over 150 million copies, meaning it is one of the best-selling novels ever. J.R.R Tolkien wrote a masterpiece which, funnily, was created because his publishers requested him a sequel for his previous book, The Hobbit.

Everybody know The Lord of the rings.  Once (when the books were published) The Sunday Times stated the following “the English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them” this may have changed a bit, since a lot of people watched the movies first and decided they didn’t need to read the books. If you like this saga and you want  to read similar books, to might like to check this post by the way.

Worry not, I will warn you before there are spoilers. Reading is safe, for now…

But do you know everything must be known about this saga if you only watched the movies?

Absolutely not. Don’t get me wrong, the movies were amazing. Peter Jackson did a great job writing and directing The Lord of the Rings movies. But it’s only an adaptation, an impressive one, but still an adaptation. The movies, of course, use the novels as a basis but, as most of the movie adaptations, there are elisions, character changes, and inventive adaptations. Still, this movie adaptation has changest, but not as many as others like Ready Player One (massive changes in this one, just take a look at this post)

Of course, it is normal that movies based on books are not literal adaptations, would you imagine how long movies would be? Just take this example, In 1924 Erich von Stroheim attempted a literal adaptation of the novel McTeague (written by f Frank Norris) with his movie Greed, the resulting film was more than 9 hours long! And this was for a 123,250 words novel, now imagine (or feel free to calculate) how long it would be for the 481,103 words the Lord of the Rings saga has. The best is to consider both works of art as separate entities, so you will enjoy both of them.

What kind of details are different from the books?

Warning: this section contains minor spoilers

As every movie adaptation, there are in fact elisions, character changes, and inventive adaptations. Some characters as Tomb Bombadil do not appear or are mentioned at all. Others, like Glorfindel, have their role featured by another character (Arwen).

There is also some inventive adaptation in the books, for example, in The two towers movie elves came to help the defense of Helms Deep, this never happened in the book. According to Peter Jackson, he included the elven company lead by Haldir of Lothlórien he wanted the audience to know that it wasn’t just Men fighting and dying for the free people in Middle Earth at the time. In my opinion, this worked great, you actually felt some kind of support from the elves, but I remember watching the movie and thinking “I don’t remember reading anything like this?”

Elves arrive to Helm's Deep

No, you don’t…

 

 

 

 

 

Details that don’t happen in the movies

Warning: this section contains massive spoilers

If you are curious and want to know some things or characters that were not included in the movies, here are some of them:

Tom Bombadil

This charismatic character appears in the first book of the Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the ring. Although he is not mentioned in any film, he plays a very important role, saving the hobbits not once but twice. First, he saves Merry and Pippin from the Old Man Willow, another character not included in the book. Second, he also saves the hobbits from the Barrow-wights, wraith-like creatures that are also absent in this movie trilogy.

If that was not enough, Tom Bombadil was able to see Frodo despite him wearing the One ring and also was able to wear it with no effect. The One Ring had no effect on him, a reason why during The Council of Elrond it is suggested that Tom kept the Ring, having Gandalf refusing the idea saying Tom would not find the Ring important and would misplace it.

Oh! Did you know that Sam also wears the ring in the books?

The Shire

This region is located to the northwest of Middle-earth, where Frodo left to begin his journey. In the third novel “The Return of the King” when the hobbits return home they find it has been corrupted and controlled by criminals led by Sharkey, which you may know by his other name: Saruman the White.

Saruman

One of the most understandable changes in this adaptation. In the movies Gríma Wormtongue kills Saruman on top of the famous Orthanc tower. It is true that something similar happens in the book, however, there are crucial differences since, as you just read, he is alive and faces the hobbits when they return to The Shire.

Andúril

The fragments of Narsil, a sword forged by Telchar in Nogrod during the First Age, gave rise to Andúril (also known as The flame of the West), the sword of Aragorn. This sword is famous because it was awarded to him after Helm’s Deep battle. But this sword hides much more, and saves Aragorn more than once, something that is not included in the films. How? In the book, there are more details of the strong bond that exists between Lothlórien, Galadriel, Narsil and Aragorn himself (you might have to read the book to know more 😊 )

The Dead in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields

You probably remember Aragorn appearing with a huge Army of dead men in the Pelennor Fields, this was not exactly like that in the books. The Army of dead repaid their debt previously, in the battle of Pelargir defeating the Corsairs from the Gondor city of Pelargir. Therefore, it was not them who were Aragon’s reinforcements but it was the Grey Company (a group as Dunedain, such as Aragorn) instead.

The other Rings of Power

The other Rings of Power, despite being mentioned, are not as relevant as they are in the books. The movies don’t even mention  that Gandalf carries one of the Three rings of the Elves, Narya (the ring of fire). The original owner, Cirdan, gave it to Gandalf to help him. This is better explained in The Tale of Years, a chapter included in The Peoples of Middle-earth (one of thetwelve-volumee series of the books compiled by Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien’s son)

“Take this ring, Master, for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness that you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill. But as for me, my heart is with the Sea, and I will dwell by the grey shores until the last ship sails. I will await you.”

 

Here you had some reasons why you should read the books, despite the movies. I hope it was convincing enough, keep reading!

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Historical fiction fantasy stories

Historical fiction fantasy is a perfect genre for understanding fantasy from another point of view. These books of fantasy or science fiction have no fictional worlds, but they are set in in the real world. They, of course, incorporate fantastic elements into a realistic world.

This crossover is quite common but interesting in the same way.  Allowing authors to create fantasy deriving or inspiring from real events or periods from history. There are different approaches to this, such as creating an alternate history (as happens for example in The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud). Maybe making magical or mythical creatures coexisting in the mundane world with the majority of people being unaware of it (like the Harry Potter series).

Here are some book suggestions where you can see different approaches of historical fiction fantasy:

H.P Lovecraft novels

From the American writer H.P Lovecraft. We can find a good number of books set in the ’30s and where some imaginary cities alternate with real ones. These imaginary cities are an inspiration of other real cities such as Orleans or New York but even so stories happen in the American continent.  Making his characters travel around the country while trying to stop the attempts of the sectarians to try to awaken creatures from another world. These books are a series of horror stories with a slight touch of mystery.  In these, the presence of grotesque monsters completely alters the atmosphere of our planet.

Fantastic Animals and where to find them

The same goes for J.K. Rowling’s series of books, Fantastic Animals and where to Find Them. This has been brought to the big screen after its success in literature. These books are about magic, in a world that serves as background to Harry Potter’s (which if you liked you will like these book suggestions). These explain how important the magic has been on the earth.  From the foundation of the different schools of magicians to all the trouble caused by the evil use of magic.

In this case, we find ourselves in a parallel world. In this, ordinary people live unaware of all these wanderings of the magicians. So it could be said that there is a world completely different from the one we understand despite the fact that both will share the same destiny.

Northern Lights

This saga, written by Philip Pullman. Northern lights became more famous due to its adaptation to the world of cinema under the name of the Golden Compass. This is a story of a steampunk atmosphere. We find a mixture of magical worlds where animals have a great relevance throughout history.

In this case, once again the problems between various worlds end up joining ours.  The protagonist, Lyra, a girl living in Oxford, ends up wrapped in an adventure of epic magnitudes. The story will make her face all sorts of conflicts among fantastic races and evil witches.

The Ender’s game

Book set in an alternative future. The most intelligent children of the planet are trained to be virtual space pilots to wage a war against other worlds, which will eventually try to invade ours. A work of science fiction that combines passages from our earth with intrepid adventures in a space station. Some of you might know this book was adapted into a movie, I´ll write about this soon.

 

Hope you liked these suggestions,  and keep reading!

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How to read The Legend of Drizzt

You want to read The Legend of Drizzt and you don’t know what is the best order? do not despair. Here is your How to read The Legend of Drizzt to solve your problems.

The Legend of Drizzt is a fantastic series by the American author R.A Salvatore. This series tells the story of  Drizzt Do’Urden, a drow (or dark elf) who decides not to follow the evil way of his people and leaving the Underdark (the place below the surface were drows and other dark creatures dwell). Drizzt books are based in the Forgotten Realms setting in the dimension of Abeir-Toril,

If you like adventure, friendship, and courage you will love these books!

In what order should I read The Legend of Drizzt?

The best order to read them is, in my opinion, in chronological order. Some might prefer to do it in publishing date order, in that case just read The Icewind Dale Trilogy before the Dark Elf Trilogy.

For those who want to read The Legend of Drizzt, you must know that these are incredibly long series (33 books!). Here you have Drizzt books in order:

The legend of Drizzt reading order

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Instructions

  • Homeland (The Dark Elf Trilogy)
  • Exile (The Dark Elf Trilogy)
  • Sojourn (The Dark Elf Trilogy)
  • TheCrystal Shard (The Icewind Dale Trilogy)
  • Streams of Silver (The Icewind Dale Trilogy)
  • The Halfling's Gem (The Icewind Dale Trilogy)
  • The Legacy (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  • Starless Night (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  • Siege of Darkness  (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  •  Passage to Dawn (The Legacy of the Drow Tetralogy)
  • The Silent Blade (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • The Spine of the World (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • Servant of the Shard (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • Sea of Swords (The Paths of Darkness Tetralogy)
  • The Thousand Orcs (The Hunter's Blade trilogy)
  • The Lone Drow (The Hunter's Blade trilogy)
  • The Two Swords (The Hunter's Blade trilogy)
  • The Orc King (The Transitions trilogy)
  • The Pirate King (The Transitions trilogy)
  • The Ghost King (The Transitions trilogy)
  • Gauntlgrym (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • Neverwinter (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • Charon's Claw (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • The Last Threshold (The Neverwinter tetralogy)
  • The Companions The Sundering)
  • Book 1 (The Sundering)
  • Night of the Hunter (The Companions Codex trilogy)
  • Rise of the King (The Companions Codex trilogy)
  • Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (The Companions Codex trilogy)
  • Archmage (Homecoming)
  • Maestro (Homecoming)
  • Hero (Homecoming)
  • Timeless

Pretty long uh? this is the best order to read this series. Hope you enjoy them!

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Five classic novels that will blow your mind

There are those books we enjoy. Maybe because its main character was inspiring or because the plot was intriguing and made you turn pages like crazy. There are so many reasons we love books, isn’t it? But aside from loving them, there are those books which give you something different. You know that feeling right?

I mean those books that, despite having a fascinating plot, are able to blow your mind. These books are really powerful because they won’t only entertain you but they Will make you think and reflect. These books remind us how Little we know, and how much reading can provide us:  different insights, new concepts, and ideas or even just a new life philosophy.

It is no surprise that a lot of these are dystopian stories, undesirable and even frightening alternative futures that we wish would never come true such as tyrannical government, environmental disasters or utter dehumanization. These books are a way for us to realize where the world is going (or might go), allowing us to reflect on it and doing our best to avoid these futures.

Here are some book suggestions that will blow your mind, I promise:

1984 by George Orwell

You probably heard about this one. Published on June 1949, the English writer George Orwell wrote what he thought would be a dystopian future, the novel is set in 1984. Funnily, his book is becoming an astonishing accurate reflection of reality as years go by.

This novel tells the story of a world in perpetual war, where Government has an omnipresent vigilance and propaganda. This government, ruled by The Party, will use different methods in order to control citizens. These methods are such as manipulating recorded history or creating a new language This language, Newspeak, is an alternative English version with restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, meant to limit the freedom of thought.

The protagonist of this novel, Winston Smith, is a man who secretly hates The Party and everything related to the government, but how is he going to tell anyone when in the Newspeak words as rebellion don’t even exist?

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Another novel by the same author. In this story, George Orwell uses farm animals as an allegory to describe the early years of the Soviet Union (URSS). This story begins with Old Major inspiring his fellows to revolt against their master, Mr. Jones (a human), the owner of Manor Farm.  After Old Majors dead, two pigs raise to lead this revolt, Snowball and Napoleon, they Will lead the entire farm to fight Mr. Jones who Will flee in despair after being attacked by his animals.

The animals rule the farm after that even, everything is perfect, they decide what is best for them. They even have commandments that state that all animals are equal. The pig Snowball is the most popular in the farm, the animals consider him a hero for his actions against Mr. Jones and also teaches his fellow animals to read and write. The other pig, Napoleon, Will eventually get jealous of Snowball and Will start plotting against him.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This novel is about censorship. Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman. He lives in a world where books are illegal thus censoring knowledge, a metaphorical way of suppressing dissenting ideas. Firemen’s are exactly the opposite to firefighters, their job is not to extinguish fires but to set fire to books and the houses that hide them. Guy Montag never questioned his job until he meets a Young neighbor, Clarisse, who Will tell him about a past where one saw the world through the books instead of the televisión. The fireman Will begin to question all he knows, he Will start hiding books in his home becoming an outlaw.

Just if you were wondering, Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A story depicting a futuristic world state with an intelligence-based social hierarchy and genetically modified citizens. This book is about a world dominated through cunning, the hidden influence of elites and mass control. The story is set in 632 After Ford (AF) since Henry Ford is revered as a god due to his assembly line manufacturing process.

If you like this book you can also read Brave New World Revisited (1958). This is a reassessment on which the author considers if such years (the 1950’s) resemble the future world he created in his previous novel,

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

 

This story sets in the United States. It depicts a dystopian society in which business and enterprises suffer under over regulations and taxes. In this Danny Taggart, Will fight to keep her company alive facing the economic depression and government control over successful companies. While the government keeps taking control over industries some of the most brilliant businessmen in the country start disappearing mysteriously.

 

Be critical, and question everything, one of the best ways to learn 😀

 

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