Best Served Cold (Paperback)

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Almost a year ago, I wrote a review for The Blade Itself, book one in the First Law trilogy. Since then I have devoured all of Abercrombie's books, and I can confidently say that he is the contemporary King of dark fantasy. Although Best Served Cold is set in the world of the First Law, it is a stand-alone, and you don't need to have read his previous books to enjoy this Kill Bill-esque revenge story.
Monza Murcatto was born to a humble farmer and planned to live a quiet life tending the fields, before her life was ripped out from under her. She and her brother (Benna) joined a mercenary group who fought at the will of the Grand Duke. That is, until the Grand Duke decided to throw Monza and her brother out a window for treason. Benna sadly didn't survive the fall, and Monza barely did. Broken and sworn to avenge her brother, she makes a list of everyone involved in his death and will stop at nothing until the rivers run red with their blood.
Hands down this is the best revenge story I have ever read. Filled with treachery and betrayal, love and honor, Best Served Cold is a book that will have you shouting in the darkness because you stayed up way too late reading.
— From Zach

Description


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. . .

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


"The battles are vivid and visceral, the action brutal, the pace headlong, and Abercrombie piles the betrayals, reversals, and plot twists one atop another to keep us guessing how it will all come out. This is his best book yet." --- George R.R. Martin

"Joe Abercrombie takes the grand tradition of high fantasy literature and drags it down into the gutter, in the best possible way. Monza is a beautiful mercenary who has sworn to kill the seven men who tried to kill her. No elves, no wands - just lots of down-and-dirty swordplay." --- 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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316198356
ISBN-10: 0316198358
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Pages: 672
Language: English
 

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