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 step father 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....
©2012 Joe Abercrombie (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Audiobooks are my workaround to the pesky laws forbidding reading while driving. And I'm pretty sure my dog likes them too.
This is a great follow-up to the First Law series. There is just enough familiarity with the characters to feel endeared to them from the start, and the grit and humor you have come to know, love, and pine for from Abercrombie are present in spades.
For the record, this is not a direct continuation of the First Law series. And I think anyone expect the depth of the First Law series (that came in 3 books!!) will be disappointed in this single installment. But reading this did make me go back and re-read the entire First Law trilogy because I realized how much I had missed Abercrombie's wit and raw narratives, and I just wasn't ready to stop listening to Steven Pacey after a single novel.
The characters are well-written, well-developed, and as entertaining as any Abercrombie has written. It's hard to say much more without spoiling the book ... I simply felt immersed in the story from the outset. I couldn't put the book down and found myself stealing away to listen to just a few minutes at every opportunity. It is action-packed, but the characters have heart and soul that drives the action powerfully.
Abercrombie didn't excite me with his new "Half" trilogy ... but this made up for it and has me yearning for his next "full-grown" novel once he's done with his foray into young adult fiction.
Abercrombie crushes it again. I love his writing style. He nails gritty complex characters.
If you read the First Law series (which I recommend you do), some old friends are back. I won't say who. Read First Law first if you haven't already.
He writes in a style very much like GRR Martin which is high praise. Characters are complex and conflicted. The choices are difficult and the results are frequently less than satisfying but oh so entertaining.
This book reminded me a lot of the Clint Eastwood movie, "Unforgiven" which, if you haven't seen it, is also fantastic.
I listen to lots of books. The reader was great. The story was crass with few redeeming qualities. I don't need to hear the "F" word every other sentence and who paints a picture of the world that is harsh and bleak. Didn't love it. Won't get more Joe A books.
The characters we're not particularly likeable, furthermore there were very few characters from previous installments. as a person who's read all the books in the first and second series this one seemed completely unrelated and and gave very little of the overarching storyline that the other ones had started.
Another great book from Joe. I was worried this would be Best Served Cold version 2.0 ...it was not. Definitely recommend this book to those reading Joe's works.
This is a full fiction western. It flirts with fantasy but never really touches it. Like a jr high dance, it wants to be fantasy but can really pull through. We are left wondering if it's the future or the past.
Without writing a novel (pun intended) this is another great entry into the First Law universe. Joe Abercrombie is consistent in his quality of writing and Steven Pacey remains my favorite narrator to date. The only reason I didn't give it 5 is because nothing can top the First Law trilogy.
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