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Best Served Cold
Best Served Cold | Joe Abercrombie
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 TrilogyThe Blade ItselfBefore They Are HangedLast Argument of KingsNovels in the First Law worldBest Served ColdThe HeroesRed Country
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mjdowens
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Just binge read the first three books. Best series I have read in a long time. There are truly no actual “good” guys, but I love them all anyway. Triggers for pretty extreme violence, but my cold and evil heart loved it 👿

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ArtoriasNinefingers
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I‘m surprised that Abercrombie didn‘t turn this area of the First Law world into a trilogy as well. Then again, trying to deconstruct a revenge fantasy over three books is a tall order for anyone...

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J0v1njelyn
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“War without fire is as worthless as sausages without mustard.” — Henry V. Always love the war and conflicts of the First Law World. Best Served Cold is a heart pounding action and adventure fantasy novel. Monza Murcatto, hell bent on avenging her brother‘s death. She will stop at nothing to get it done, found an ally in Nicomo Cosca. Shivers! A man trying to do the right thing. I believed Monza destroyed him. A likeable character in Friendly.

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CrowCAH
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#AnglophileApril #ShesSoCold
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jo34VhfcetU

I went with the word “cold” in the title; hope to read this book someday.

Reviewsbylola Great choice! I like that it‘s a little different. 3y
Cinfhen Book sounds good and I don‘t usually read fantasy 👍🏻 3y
Mdargusch Fantasy books seem to have ice queens a lot! 3y
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emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
iread2much I really disliked this book, the writing is descent, but the characters are all awful 3y
CrowCAH @iread2much thanks for the review. 3y
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Oblomov26
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Mehso-so

I am not sure if this should be a pick or so-so. A tale of revenge, set in the First Law universe in Styria which is similar to Renaissance Italy, a fractured land with city states fighting for dominance, a land for mercenaries. Monza a mercenary captain who has been betrayed by her employer puts together a rag tag team of killers to seek revenge. Violent, amoral, a story where good men become bad and at best bad people become less bad.

iread2much I disliked this as well. 4y
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Oblomov26
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Joe Abercrombie- Grimdark defined. Anyone who is a good man is an idiot whose only purpose is to be used by those who see clearly and understand that evil is the only way to achieve anything in this world. Oh and any book without an extended torture scene in which good men are ruined by the bad is wasted. Every one of this guys books I read the i always swear is the last. But I come back to him. Perhaps I am the masochist.

iread2much This was the only book I read of his and I refuse to ever read another one 4y
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Foxyfictionista
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Mehso-so

🗡️🗡️ I think I've fallen out of love with Joe Abercrombie. I just haven't really enjoyed these books. So I'm going to leave him alone for a while. The women in his books don't feel like actual people to me and I find myself being really frustrated as I read. On to other things.

readordierachel That would bother me too. I'd rather there were no women at all than prop women who are just there to be catalysts (or ego boosts) to the men in some way. 4y
Foxyfictionista The problem is that the main character is a woman. But everything in the story seemed so male centric. It made me wonder if this guy had ever actually met a woman. He did write an interesting female character in one of his other series but these just didn't do it for me. 4y
Squidapus Something that Squidapus has taken as a good sign is he recently did an AMA where someone asked him about the criticisms regarding his female characters and he said he takes them very seriously and that he is striving to become a better writer and white women characters who do not disappoint his readers! So hopefully in the future he'll have gotten better at it! 4y
Foxyfictionista @Squidapus One can only hope! 4y
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Foxyfictionista
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Found this box set in Fopp today for only £6. Couldn't pass it up!!

Mommamanzi Looks too good to pass up. I think I may need to get my own! 5y
Foxyfictionista @Mommamanzi They look so good. I've read his other series that starts with Half a King and they were excellent. 5y
rockpools I miss Fopp. They used to have so much good stuff - ours closed ☹️ 5y
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Foxyfictionista @RachelO That's such a shame! Although I must admit that I don't really like it too much. It's very disorganised and crowded and it stresses me out. The hubs loves it though and I saw this set at the till as he was buying a film. I couldn't pass it up. 😊 5y
TrishB Bargain 👍 good series. 5y
Foxyfictionista @TrishB I'm excited! 5y
JazzFeathers 😱🙌 5y
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CrowCAH
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#TheBest https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=55we8Nc9rJw #AugustGrrrl @Cinfhen

Couldn't think of a creative take, so went literal, with "best" in the title.

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StaceyKondla
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I am enjoying this series so much, I just popped out and bought the remaining three books from Indigo and treated myself to the new Monstress as well 🤗

Riveted_Reader_Melissa They are on my list to read, don't think I'll get to them until this winter though. 5y
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psy_kaoru
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I love this cover! Got this for cheap at Book Depository. #joeabercrombie #bestservedcold

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Weekend read 📚 #JoeAbercrombie #FirstLaw #BookNerd 🤓

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mahasoor
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I'm sleepy and this weather is giving me a migraine so yay I think my afternoon is good to go. (It's legal in Nevada to have greens now so I don't have to feel like such a horrible DARE graduate failure/degenerate now lol. Feels weird being kinda open about it.)

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mahasoor
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This morning has really sucked but then Barnes and Noble called to let me know a book I ordered had arrived. Yay things are looking up!

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wookieecopilot
Best Served Cold | Joe Abercrombie

Love is a fine cushion to rest upon, but only hate can make you a better person.

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iread2much
Best Served Cold | Joe Abercrombie

A lot of words that lead to little plot and almost no character development. No where near as bad as George RR Martin, but defiantly not subtle

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iread2much
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Well written but not a very fun read.

pma2zak Best revenge tale in fantasy setting. Ever. 6y
iread2much @pma2zak I think it's well written but not that great of a book. 6y
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