A: No, not quite. Here’s why I like his books.
Abercrombie’s books are full of people who swear, call each other out, joke, lose their nerve, fuck around, fuck up, and kill when they have to. They do horrible things, even if it’s for the so-called right reasons. As he said last night, “Gimli and Legolas laughing over their body counts, to an orc, sounds like two psychopaths discussing mass murder.” His books don’t hide that kind of perspective.
There are brutal murders, yes, but never for no reason. The cruelty in his stories is packed so tightly with honesty and sincerity that you come to trust his telling — the way you’d trust a dear friend when they say you’re acting like a shithead.
It’s brutality, but it’s brutality that unearths deeper questions and yields deeper understanding.
For me, that’s the definition of safe space.
Check out his latest book, Half A King and see for yourself.