Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

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War may be hell, but for Monza Murcatto, a solider of considerable fortune; 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.

"Joe Abercrombie takes the grand tradition of high fantasy literature and drags it down into the gutter, in the best possible way." --- Time

"Abercrombie is both fiendishly inventive and solidly convincing, especially when sprinkling his appallingly vivid combat scenes with humor so dark that it's almost ultraviolet." --- Publishers Weekly

"A satisfyingly brutal fantasy quest. BEST SERVED COLD? Modern fantasy doesn't get much hotter than this." --- Dave Bradley, SFX

"Abercrombie has written the finest epic fantasy trilogy in recent memory. He's one writer that no one should miss." --- Junot Diaz on The First Law Trilogy

About Joe Abercrombie

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Joe Abercrombie is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Best Served Cold 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 daughters. Find out more about Joe Abercrombie
Published January 1, 2010 by Orbit. 640 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Spokane County Library District (SCLD) continues providing its patrons who use the Digital Downloads collections to read books on their computers, ereaders, or other devices with a wide selection of excellent genre novels that should appeal to practically anyone in Airway Heights and the grea...

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Abercrombie's fantasy is very much "blood and guts" fantasy, some may call it dark fantasy or Noir fantasy, but one thing is for sure, it's certainly not for the squeamish.

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Revenge is not only the purpose of Monza’s group, rivalries make revenge slowly consume the group: Monza is suspicious the Cosca will turn on her, Shivers is jealous when Monza takes another man, the poisoner doesn’t like Cosca, the poisoners apprentice is ready to be Master poisoner…and no one l...

Jan 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Best Served Cold

Red country is a very different book from the Heroes, it’s still got the entire trademark Abercrombie grittiness, pervasive violence, and dark humor, but it’s more about the characters and how they react to the extreme circumstances they’re put in that makes the book as good as it is.

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With that said, like all stand-alones you don’t have to read the previous books, but the book contains more depth when the other books have been read (especially this one, compared to Best Served Cold and The Heroes).

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It works on so many levels, the pace of the book, it’s hard to stop, the characters and their growth, which is right up there with any fantasy author in fantasy, and the set up for the finale, which is a great book in it’s own right although I don’t think it was quite as tight as this book.

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Too many books out there now are a part of a trilogy or 12 book series and it is refreshing to read a relatively new author produce a stand-alone novel.

Jul 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Best Served Cold

There are some characters that play a major role in the book who readers of The First Law will recognize, and others from the trilogy who appear only briefly, but will have fans smiling at the cameos and mentions.

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Here's a scene from Joe Abercrombie's fourth novel, Best Served Cold, of a kind you find fairly often in genre fantasy novels.

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The story, in a nutshell, is about the mercenary general Monza Murcatto, whose employer gets suspicious of her ambitions for his throne and kills her and her brother.

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