Today we’ll be discussing why medieval-fantasy trilogy ‘The First Law’ by British author Joe Abercrombie should be the next big fantasy TV series, specifically a successor to HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones.
If you haven’y yet read The First Law trilogy you really should, get them at a great price on Amazon here, you won’t regret it!
As we all know, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ completely took the world by storm after the novels by George RR Martin were developed into a show by HBO called ‘Game Of Thrones’, a series which is in its seventh season and is one of the greatest TV shows of all time.
‘The First Law’ trilogy by Joe Abercrombie is split into 3 novels: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument Of Kings. It takes place in its own world, one that is completely immersive and rich. Similar to ‘Game Of Thrones’, it’s brutal in scope and the story follows many different characters who all have their fair share of trials and tribulations. What sets these 3 novels aside from other fantasy novels, we believe, is the characterization , each individual character has their motives and are unique while each adds something different to the story.
Very much like ‘Game Of Thrones’ has the White Walkers, Abercrombie’s books have a similar threat to the north that go by that name of the Shanka (or Flatheads). But that’s all we’ll say about that!
No TV network holds rights to the books yet, but we believe that it’s only a matter of time before someone sees the huge opportunity to adapt this. One fantasy series that we could see made into a movie or TV show soon is the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, that’s one you should really be excited for, read more about it here.
Read the synopsis below, via the First Law Wikia page:
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.
Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.
Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.
Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he’s about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult.
Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood
As we’ve said, no network should leave this series untouched, especially after the success of ‘Game Of Thrones’, its a must-read for all fantasy fans that should turn into a must view one day!