Last Argument of Kings is the final installment in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy. It’s a great fantasy series like no other.
My first thought upon starting the first book was “Where’s the likable characters?” But Abercrombie is sneaky that way, he drops “anti-heroes” into the story that you maybe despise a little at first, but eventually end up rooting for at the end.
Last Argument of Kings was published in 2008, so yes, sorry, I am a bit behind the times here.
Update: I finished the book and the ending is great! Many unexpected twists! Nobody end us being who you think they were, and the most repulsive character gets the happy ending. Loved it!