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
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.
Great, complex characters. Thoughtful writing. Great insights into human nature and life. Also: brutal. And occasionally funny. I never write reviews, but Joe Abercrombie speaks to my inner barbarian.
The limitless wealth of stories that are contained within Abercrombie's world continues to shine. Characters I thought I knew and loved turned out to be a true bastard I detested.
I did feel that Abercrombie pulled a few punches when it came to Lamb, opting to show other points of view and not get down a dirty but I guess I have to be realistic. A little did go along way.
Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
Joe Abercrombie brings the fantasy alive. I was amazed throughout the series with how well the character and story development is. He also does an excellent job with the transition between various character's stories/experiences, which keeps the story from slowing down and enhances the reading experience. These transitions are unique in that they are not confined to each book, but rather intertwine throughout the series.
The author shows respect to his readers with the beginning of each book by not wasting the first few chapters recapping the previous book I just finished! With each book I found myself making more and more time for listening to the story, as well as sacrificing sleep as I could not stop listening.
Even though each book is written with such quality that they can be read independently I highly recommend reading the books in order. By following the series it will allow the reader to fully enjoy the many nuances of each book and escape deeper into story and world of fantasy. Here is the chronologic order:
The Blade Itself - 2006
Before They Are Hanged - 2007
Last Argument of Kings - 2008
Best Served Cold - 2009
The Heroes - 2011
Red Country - 2012
All the books in this series earned 5 stars in all categories from me and is the first series other than Lord of the Rings that I have read more than once and found it to be even better than the first read.
In your face.
I always love revenge and even though it's already been served cold, there is still killing to be done!
Steven Pacey does a wonderful job. Love his pacing and voicing!
When Shy South wonders who Lamb really is....
Don't read my review, buy the audiobook!
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
This guy is a great writer and I enjoyed this one so much. I have read all of his First Law books and this one is a must read. And the narrator was awesome as well. One thing I liked was it was a stand alone book with my favorite character from his books. Bloody Ninefingers.
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