I had put off reading this book and I am not sure why. When I like an author I tend to listen through all of their books. Last month I realized I had not listened to Red Country.
Steven Pacey does a great job on the narration.
The story is more of the wild country and settling of the new land. Many of the old characters play a role and continue with their humorous reality checks on the human nature. Not every one is a hero, or a coward.
If you enjoyed the First Law Series you will enjoy this book.
If you like Joe Abercrombie and have read his other works, you'll love that this one continues in grand style with his masterful formula for gritty, flawed characters, in a rich and nuanced world, getting down to dirty, bloody, tough business. There are some surprises and great depth to his story.If you haven't read Joe, go back and start with his First Law series, then read the prior books in this series. They're all so brilliant, I can't get enough.
This is one of the books I listen to over and over again. It's a great story but the narrator is perfect for this. Can't imagine Abercrombie without Pacey.
I can't say enough about the writing style of Joe Abercrombie and the narrating skills of Steven Pacey. In my opinion these two guys are the best duo to come to audio books. Abercrombie can paint a picture with words like no other. I felt immersed in the story and could visualize everything he described - which he does in great detail, but not to an extreme. Pacey is the icing on the cake. His unique character voices are simply amazing.
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't wait to listen on my commute to and from work. I even took the long way home so I could keep listening and sat in my truck in the work parking lot and in my driveway waiting for a spot to pause the story....just a few more minutes.
If you liked the The First Law Trilogy you will definitely like this book. Some of the old characters reappear and a few new ones as well. One of my favorites is Nicomo Cosca. Pacey brings him alive in this book as he did Sand dan Glokta in the trilogy.
I cannot wait until his next release. I hope he stays with Pacey for at least one more ride. Get this book you will not be disappointed. But if you have not listened to the trilogy, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning. You can do those three and then jump to this one.
Among the top 20.
Lamb is my favorite. He has been in several of Abercrombies books and it is interesting to see how he struggles with himself.
No, I didn't have any extreme reactions.
Abercrombie is the best.
The characters in any Joe Abercrombie are as hard boiled at it gets. Its like Raymond Chandler meets George RR Martin. Or maybe its a fantasy version of an Eastwood Spaghetti Western. Red Country is a fun, violent imaginary romp.
Great narrator - perfect pairing with Abercrombie.
Hearing Steven Pacey say "you have to be realistic"
Just as good as all the rest. Pacey's Nicomo Cosca is the best!!!
This ain't no place for no hero.
This ain't no place for no better man.
Mainly a Sci-Fi, Fantasy guy, but also classic fiction, and detective books.
"You have to be realistic"
Well developed characters, all motivated by self interest. Not innocents motivated by some sense of duty or service. If that is not your kind of story, find another author.
Anytime the "Bloody Nine" makes an appearance.
Blood splaches all over the screen.
Abercrombie is not for the faint hearted that like happy endings. He creates complex characters that all have their virtues and flaws. Everyone can be a hero or villan depending on the perspecctive.
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.