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
Awesomely gruesomely fantastic
Lamb. Can't say why without spoiling it for others, but I can't wait to see/hear more about Lamb!
Pacey is amazing. These stories were designed for him to read. He captures all the characters so well! His interpretation of Cosca is fantastic, but so is Lamb and Shy and Temple and everyone else
This book made me cringe and wince and shudder and crave for more. I laughed, I was sorrowful, I was disgusted and I was hopeful. I was compelled to keep listening. Love this book!
When is there going to be more?
Going with the flow while we speed through the universe on a massive rock!
Even if you haven't read The First Law trilogy or either the Heroes or Best Served Cold you can fully enjoy this one. Would it help to have the back story? Sure, but it is not a deal breaker.
Steven Pacey is one of my favorite Narrators and he comes through again with a stellar performance. If you are a fan of Pacey and Abercrombie's previous work then you won't be disappointed with this one.
One of the things I love about Joe Abercrombie's books is how real they feel. The detail when describing battles and the ruthlessness of the characters actions makes for deep and layered story and character arcs.
This very well be my favorite of Joe Abercrombie's books. I recommend this book if you like gritty, brutal, and bloody battles with love and good intentions mixed in.
Still trying to figure out how George R.R. Martin gets so much more publicity than Joe Abercrombie. I loved this book from beginning to end. Like many have said, it's a western set in a fantasy world. Shy South is the main character. A woman who takes on an impossible journey to recover her kidnapped brother and sister. However, Lamb is the character that will draw your attention. This book never gives his real name, but if you read the First Law Trilogy (and I most definitely recommend that you do), you'll recognize him right off. Great story.
Steven's voices are terrific. He read the all of the books in the First Law trilogy, and when I heard Lamb speak, I knew right off who he was. That realization was like running into an old friend. I don't think it would be as powerful in print alone.
The negotiations with the "Ghosts" and Lamb's reaction was terrific.
This is a superb story with excellent character development and an element of badassary that you can not find anywhere these days. It's both hilarious and vicious; silly and sad but above all it's a visceral experience that you won't soon forget.
Let me start by saying that I liked the first three books. I liked them but didn't love them. They were full of great moments and you could see how much potential both the story line and author held. But this book... Blew me away.
In my opinion this book shows that Joe Abercrombie is becoming an excellent mature author and he will only get better. All the elements that danced around the first books, the elements that were hit and missed have come together. It's possible to see the growth of his writing ability as you read though the books and I'm amazed at how much I enjoyed this book.
If you enjoy books by Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne you will like this book. It is by no means the same plot or story as the Dresden Series or the IDC but it has the same spirit maybe even a darker spirit that those other authors can muster. I guess it is best to say that I get the same feeling when I read this book that I do when I read those other two authors. It's an understanding that this person is a master story teller and no matter the medium they will entertain and excite. That is really what I look for in an author and I think it's what draws people to them.
You might want to start at the beginning (The Blade Itself) just for background but it's not necessary to enjoy this book.
If you are not utterly entertained by Nicomo Cosca's personality, Shy's sharp tongue and the tour de force that is Lamb (Logen Ninefingers) aka The Blood Nine. Then god help you. You have to be realistic about these kinds of things.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
I read Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to read some more of his work since then and I finally decided to pick up Red Country because it was getting a lot of praise.
I liked it quite well, but I don’t think I liked it as well as the First Law trilogy. It was really very good in many ways, but I didn’t think the story was quite as interesting. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it felt a little aimless at times.
The characters were solid. I liked Shy, Temple, and Dab Sweet all well enough. They were fairly diverse and interesting. Lamb was my favorite of course. I don’t want to give anything away, but those who have read the First Law trilogy will be thrilled by Lamb I’m sure.
I wasn’t that excited about Cosca though. He was also in the First Law trilogy, but to a lesser extent. He was just such a repulsive character, I really got tired of him by the end.
Perhaps the best part of the novel was the setting. It definitely had a “wild west” feel to it even though it was set within the same world as the First Law trilogy. I thought that was pretty cool.
Regardless of all of the connections to the First Law trilogy, this novel is a standalone and I don’t think you would need to read the trilogy first. If you have, then there will be a number of connections that you’ll get, but if you haven’t, I don’t think it would really matter.
Overall, I liked Red Country. It was an interesting and entertaining read. It was definitely a bit different than other fantasy novels that I’ve read, largely due to the setting, and that was kind of refreshing. Recommended.
Very unique, i can't find another to come close.
Yes, Steven Pacey+Joe Abercrombie= Success everytime.
Temple was one of the most funniest char. Love the Bloody Nine in the picture.
I have reread this book over and over in the last few months and haven't gotten bored with it. There is only one problem i can't find anything that can match Joe Abercrombie work, other than The Song of Fire and Ice series and right now I am waiting on both to come out with new work.
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.
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