|“||You love to play the good man, don’t you? Do you know what’s worse than a villain? A villain who thinks he’s a hero.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Logen Ninefingers returns to Carleon with his Carls at his back, and Caul Shivers at his side not saying much. Leaving the others behind, Logen and Shivers make their way to Bethod’s great hall. Inside, Black Dow sits in Skarling’s Chair, his weapons close at hand. When Ninefingers asks after Bethod’s sons, Dow acknowledges that he found them alright, and negotiated with them. Taken aback at Dow showing mercy, Logen senses Shivers bristling at his shoulder, a blade in hand. After a long drawn out moment, the young man tosses the knife aside, saying “You can get your own work done, Black Dow”, and stalks out.2
However, Dow is not deterred, as Calder, Scale and two other Carls descend on Logen.3 When Logen manages to fight them off, Dow joins in himself. Soon Logen's not only outnumbered but disarmed, as his blade is swept from his grip. As the men spread out to finally put an end to the Bloody-Nine, Logen realises he only has one choice. He hurls himself out the window, and plunges down into the river far below, much as he had the very first time we met him.456
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- The title is obviously a reference to the very first chapter The End. Waiting three years for the punch line, now that's patience.
- Good for you Shivers. What you should really do now, is go away, and try and be a better man. There's surely no way that could turn out badly. I hear Styria is a land of opportunity.
- Black Dow's choice to betray Logen is pretty realistic and appropriate. Dow no longer has any of his old comrades around to temper his already well-established evil tendencies. For all his belligerence with Tul Duru in life, he realised he respected him in death, and the rumours are widespread that the Bloody-Nine murdered Tul Duru. What kind of king would Logen make anyway? Crummock said it best: “With you in charge, I daresay it'll be a hundred years before folk in the North stop killing each other.” We'll see how Black Dow gets on being king in The Heroes.
- Logen come full circle, opening and closing the trilogy going off a cliff. It's much more about the voyage than the outcome after all. Very satisfying.
- To quote John Enzinas over at SFSite, the ending is “Like the avalanche, it is powerful, mesmerizing and unstoppable. However, also like an avalanche, the only way things can end is in a crush at the base of the mountain with luck being more likely than skills or bravery to save you …"
- There some interesting analysis of the book by Abercrombie himself, here.