First Law World

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 11,567 ratings

Best Served Cold Publisher's Summary

Springtime in Styria. And that means war.

There have been 19 years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

War may be hell, but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money, too. Her victories have made her popular - a shade too popular for her employer's taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain, and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.

Her allies include Styria's least reliable drunkard, Styria's most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers, and a Northman who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that's all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started....

Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.

First Law Trilogy

The Blade Itself

Before They Are Hanged

Last Argument of Kings

Novels in the First Law World

Best Served Cold

The Heroes

Red Country

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  • Book 1

    • Best Served Cold

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,845
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

    There have been 19 years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • as good as the main trilogy

    • By mohamed on 02-25-16

    Regular price: $25.08

    • Best Served Cold

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 507
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 458
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 455

    Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun and Twisted

    • By Zati on 04-28-14

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 2

    • The Heroes

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 434
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380

    They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book , Great Author, Great narrator.

    • By Jason on 03-09-11

    Regular price: $18.11

    • The Heroes

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,905
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899

    They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pacey is as good as it gets

    • By Lord Ragnar on 05-12-16

    Regular price: $25.08

  • Book 3

    • Red Country

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,735
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,430
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

    • By Lore on 10-02-13

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Red Country

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326

    Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Do not read the review of Luke from Japan

    • By panagiotis on 11-10-12

    Regular price: $26.64

    • Sharp Ends

    • Stories from the World of The First Law
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey, Joe Abercrombie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day singlehanded when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is. Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kickass short stories

    • By Anonymous User on 05-10-18

    Regular price: $26.64

    • Sharp Ends

    • Stories from the World of the First Law
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

    The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: No one seems to know what the item is.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Return To The World We Love

    • By Damon on 05-07-16

    Regular price: $31.93