Joe Abercrombie needs to find the person responsible who might have misplaced the last 100-150 pages of this book just before it was to be published. But I have a feeling that he might not have to go much far to do so. A mirror would serve just as well as Hercule Poirot in this case. Yes, the book ends abruptly. But such is the curse of reading epic-fantasy.
Apart from that, I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Especially the character Glokta, the Inquisitor, the torturer. His dry wit reminded me a lot of Tyrion Lannister from "A Song of Ice and Fire". Then you have a spoiled and smug young nobleman and a barbarian. One good thing about this book is, each one of the characters is more flawed than the previous one. And Joe Abercrombie paints them in such a light that you cannot help but like them. Even love them. The character development is that good.
World-building? Not so much. Just some perfunctory glimpses here and there and so it feels more like the real medieval era earth than an altogether different fantasy world. And also the use of modern vocabulary in the book makes you ponder whether one of Connie Willis's characters from present times might have time-traveled into the book itself or not.
But even though somewhat flawed, I liked this book very much and would continue with the series as the end (although dis-satisfactory) suggested towards a good second installment.