I picked this up because it was recommended as an example of the subgenre of fantasy called 'grimdark'. It is an amazing book. I have rarely seen characters leap off the page so vividly. It is earthy, physical and so very very funny. If I could describe the writing I would say it was the bastard love child of Terry Pratchett and George Arr Arr Martin. But really it's quite unique.
I have watched these morally ambiguous characters (quite dastardly in many ways) grow and be revealed in such a way that I have developed a lot of affection and hope for them. I love the redemptive process that takes place with anti-heroes. It's one of my favourite writing tropes. Unfortunately when looking at reviews of the other two books in the series I understand now why this genre is called grim.(show spoiler)
So at this stage I'm not going to go on to books 2 and 3 but that may change in the future because I can't stop thinking about this story. I'm kind of obsessing actually.
I much prefer the covers on the kindle editions:. This is the Northern savage, Logen Ninefingers: