If dislike blood, guts and battle scenes, you won’t like this series.
Sand dan Glokta is a compelling character. A champion swordsman turned torturer in the Inquisition. Who – by the end of book 3 – is running the The Union itself.
Book 1 begins with Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian warrior of the North, falling off a cliff into a river. Book 3 ends with the Bloody Nine jumping out of a window. Into water.
Aside from that nice touch, book 3 is the weakest. As so often happens in lengthy fantasy fiction, the author has problems wrapping things up in a satisfactory way.
Still … I’ve started book 4. It’s got me hooked.
The author has finally begun a new work, by the way. The Shattered Sea series for young adults.