The Bloody Nine Fingers has spend the recent past hiding as a meek farmer watching over his "step" children. They don't know his past. Then all hell breaks loose, someone has kidnapped two of the children, killed friends and burned down the farm. With the help of his older, tough "step" daughter they go after the kidnappers.
With limited mention of the Union and the Maji this story stands well on it's own. Well read with good charater development.
In the end Nine Fingers knows he can't hide from his past. Good lead in to another story.
First Law Trilogy and Best served cold I would recommend before the Heroes and Red Country
I have read all of Joe Abercrombie's books and this one rates near the top of the list for me. Red Country reminded me of The Searcher's which is an old John Wayne movie that I love. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Mr Abercrombie.
The narrator did a good job of engaging me throughout the story. I was able to clearly differentiate the characters and enjoyed his take on their accents.
I work a third shift job and listen to books before drifting off to sleep every morning. This book made me want to stay up all day.
I've listened (via Audible) to all of Abercrombie's previous books (including the Heroes) as narrated by Pacey. He is again outstanding.
Unfortunately in this recording, however, it sounds like he is 5ft away from the microphone and often characters sound like they're shouting through a megaphone.
(Of course, I am using the "Enhanced" quality download option.)
When Lamb first got down and dirty in the bar with the 3 offshoots.
The ending made me smile a lot.
I only wish that I could have downloaded it on my Audible App instead of having to rely on iTunes.
Joe Abercrombie is an excellent writer, and I own his other audiobooks, and love them ALL, so when I saw this audiobook arrive, it was a "must buy" for me. However, it's a bit different from his previous works.
Don't get me wrong - It's very good. It's...well... a...umm... western?
Yep. That's right, pardner. A western movie snuggled up in a fantasy setting. Think I'm off on this? Here's the quote from the back of the hardcover copy:
"They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…"
Wow...and a bit of a spaghetti western, at that.
Again, it's great, but you'll be TOTALLY reminded of True Grit. (Mattie Ross, Rooster Cogburn, Ned Pepper, Lawyer J. Noble Daggett, etc...) You sort of know the path it will take, and in this order: Tragedy, pain, passion, resolve, tribulation, confrontation, and justice.
But don't get cocky.
This doesn't make it bad, just a tiny bit predictable; But not completely. J.A. throws enough twists and reversals in this to make you sit back, scratch your head, and pay attention. He provides great characters with "character," not shallow furniture for his literary stage. As usual, I found myself liking certain characters, disliking others, not for their position in the novel, but because of how the author fleshed them out - And that's a GOOD thing.
This is an audiobook worthy of your listening time, and although it's somewhat of a sidestep from his wonderful series, it's enjoyable, and a fitting reason to use your hard-earned Audible credit. It was for me.
yes, great narrator, great author, interesting story
anything he writes is very enjoyable. Although his books can easily be read standing alone,
start from the 1st in the series to get the full treatment. Remember if there is one thing they say, it is to start at the beginning of the series.
the voice of nicomo cosca is great :)
I like stories that are not the standard local boy becomes ruler of the world. This story reminded me of Deadwood Showtime (I think) Series. Gritty dirty and interesting. I prefer low magic stories with deep plots. The plot here was a bit predictable but still an excellent story.
Overall very good i will be looking for Joe Abercrombie's next book.
The reader is absolutely great and really makes the characters believable.
Many new dynamics (e.g. the rebels) are introduced in this book and I'm hoping that he is setting up for further books in this universe.