Best Served Cold

Best Served Cold

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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. Armies march, heads roll and cities burn, while 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 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. BEST SERVED COLD is the new standalone novel set in the world of Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2009
Edition: 1st North American ed
ISBN: 9780316044967
0316044962
Characteristics: 632 p. ; 25 cm

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mvkramer Jan 29, 2016

When a book starts with the main character getting thrown off a cliff, you know it's going to be exciting. Do not look for tales of redemption here! Blood, guts and revenge all the way.

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bheat4141
Jul 31, 2015

Fun read, well written. Engaging characters and fast paced with an edge.

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finn75
Jun 28, 2015

Gory fantasy based around the desire of a former female mercenary to revenge those who have wronged her. A rollicking read.

GameboyAsh Mar 07, 2015

This gritty fantasy has a strong woman protagonist. She holds nothing back. It was a fun read.

lasertravis Mar 16, 2013

This is a nice complimentary piece to the First Law Trilogy, although I enjoyed it slightly less. A rogues gallery of anti-heroes (some of which are from the Third Law, some not) in a pretty straightforward revenge tale. Abercrombie writes good dialogue and fantastic violence. Gory and unbelieveably devoid of any "good guys". Dark Fantasy. Not as complex as say Martin or Abraham, but very fun to read. .

lasertravis Mar 16, 2013

This is a nice complimentary piece to the First Law Trilogy, although I enjoyed it slightly less. A rogues gallery of anti-heroes (some of which are from the Third Law, some not) in a pretty straightforward revenge tale. Abercrombie writes good dialogue and fantastic violence. Gory and unbelieveably devoid of any "good guys". Dark Fantasy. Not as complex as say Martin or Abraham, but very fun to read. .

lasertravis Oct 05, 2012

This is a nice complimentary piece to the First Law Trilogy, although I enjoyed it slightly less. A rogues gallery of anti-heroes (some of which are from the Third Law, some not) in a pretty straightforward revenge tale. Abercrombie writes good dialogue and fantastic violence. Gory and unbelieveably devoid of any "good guys". Dark Fantasy. Not as complex as say Martin or Abraham, but very fun to read.

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buirechain
Jul 10, 2012

There was nothing wrong with this book. There just wasn't anything right with this book. It was uninspired. I only kept reading it because I kept thinking, until the last fifty pages (and even before I was just lying to myself) that there would be a majestic twist. And I read the last fifty pages because I was already there. In the end this book was a didactic novel about revenge, and then it wasn't even subtle. Characters were giving us the authors message hear and there. The plot was, if not completely predictable, expectable. The only thing that through me for a loop was Shivers activities towards the end - and I completely didn't beliee them ot be in his character (or at least, Abercrombie didn't make us believe them).

The only thing that stands out as positive about this book is the description. There is a cornucopia, an orgy of description. And as helpful as that can be for fleshing out a novel, it cannot be the heart.

duckspeakeasy Jul 11, 2011

Joe Abercrombie writes very enjoyable fantasy fiction. Although this book is standalone from his earlier trilogy, I strongly suggest you read the trilogy starting with "the blade itself" before you read this book- some characters pop up in both places.

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jrj9
Jan 25, 2010

A well-constructed tale showcasing Abercrombie's familiar roster of mercenaries, torturers, more or less hapless leaders and those at least trying to be good. The author's work has been steadily improving since The Blade Itself, and this followup to the First Law Trilogy takes place in the same world and involves some of the same characters. A must-read for anyone ever tempted by revenge.

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mvkramer Jan 29, 2016

Violence: The book starts by throwing the main character off a cliff. It doesn't get less violent from there.

mvkramer Jan 29, 2016

Sexual Content: Lots of sex scenes...where no one seems to be particularly enjoying themselves.

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