Best Served Cold by Joe AbercrombieBest Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Best Served Cold

byJoe Abercrombie

Paperback | August 18, 2010

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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, 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.
Joe Abercrombie is the author of theFirst Law Trilogy(The Blade Itself,Before They Are HangedandLast Argument of Kings). His standalone novels (Best Served Cold,The HeroesandRed Country) are also set in theFirst Lawworld.His novels have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Awards, John W. Campbell Award and th...
Title:Best Served ColdFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:August 18, 2010Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0575082488

ISBN - 13:9780575082489

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Revenge fantasy Maybe Joe Abercrombie just isn't for me. It certainly isn't how dark and violent his characters are, I was really enjoying that in the beginning (especially in stark contrast to Age of Myth). And I wouldn't say this book had the same problem as the First Law trilogy, where I thought the plot was advancing at a snails pace. I was immediately into the revenge story. But as the book progressed I became less and less interested. I understand the ending but I question the motives of a few characters (Monza & Shivers, mainly). I just feel that they took actions that didn't seem to match what they wanted through most of the book. I found myself most interested in the secondary characters rather than the Monza or Shivers. I enjoyed Cosca, as a much needed comedic foil. And I thought Shenkt was intriguing. I feel he probably shows up in other Abercrombie books, he certainly has grander objectives than revenge. Did I mention how violent this book was? That was pretty awesome. I don't read much fantasy where the author throws a relentless attack at the characters & readers. It was a good change of pace. I'm not sure if/when I'll read another Abercrombie. I'm sure he has a book in him that I'd really love, we just haven't melded yet.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo meet the Borgias I really like the books of Joe Abercrombie. I believe he brings a fresh feel to the fantasy setting. The darkness of his world paired with his unusual humor for the genre makes it hard to resist. The story is a story for revenge in a country ravaged by civil war and roaming mercenary armies recalling a bit of the Italian Renaissance. Power, ambition, politics, old and new grievances makes this an explosive combos and a fun read. I can't suggest you enough this book except that you should read the First Law Trilogy before reading it. There a few previous references cited in this book and it's fun to see the recurring characters throughout the series.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and remarkable Since other reviewers have sort of savaged this J. Abercrombie title I felt like offering my very different opinion. If reading violent, imaginative, dark stories bugs you then you won't like this title. I'm actually surprised that anyone would like Abercrombie's other titles but strongly dislike this one. it's not that different, in my opinion. His characters are always well-developed and complex. The most violent and horrible of them are often the most likeable. There is both good and bad in all his major characters. His humour fits the books' plots and lightens the mood. Like I say, if you have a strong stomach, a open-minded sense of humour, and enjoy fanatsy stories about sword-fighting and feudal settings then any of Abercrombies books will please you.
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too dark I loved the first series and was so looking forward to this book. However, I was very disappointed: the book is too dark, almost a fantasy Heart of Darkness. The humour and the characters with redeeming qualities that gave the first series its charm are missing here, leaving gratuitous violence, distasteful sex scenes, and unlikable characters.
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read, but not up to the trilogy that preceded The story is darker; the characters less likeable; the humour not as frequent or as good. If you loved the trilogy, you'll like this book. Hoping for a return to greatness with the next novel.
Date published: 2010-08-23

Editorial Reviews

Joe Abercrombie is probably the brightest star among the new generation of British fantasy writers...Abercrombie never underestimates the horrors that people are prepared to inflict on one another, or their longlasting, often unexpected, consequences. Abercrombie writes a vivid, well-paced tale that never loosens its grip. His action scenes are cinematic in the best sense, and the characters are all distinct and interesting-THE TIMES