Best Served Cold

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Orbit, Jul 29, 2009 - Fiction - 656 pages
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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. 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

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User Review  - Yogiboo - LibraryThing

I don't think this was as good as The First Law series. I didn't particularly care for any of the lead characters. It was almost like Joe Abercrombie desperately needed to make this book as long as ... Read full review

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User Review  - ssimon2000 - LibraryThing

2.5 stars. Like many others, I picked up this book because I enjoyed (really enjoyed!) the First Law trilogy. While this book isn't bad, it is extremely disappointing compared to the trilogy. The good ... Read full review

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Joe Abercrombie is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full time writer, and occasional freelance film editor, who lives in Bath, England with his wife and three children.

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