I went to Waterstones, as I expected I didn’t leave empty-handed.
As someone who loves the world Joe Abercrombie has created for his First Law trilogy and the stand-alones that go with it, I couldn’t miss out on Red Country.
Shy South has only one goal after she comes home to find her farm burned down and her siblings stolen: get them back. Together with her cowardly step-father Lamb, she embarks on a journey across the barren plains, through frontier towns and into the very mountains. But Lamb has a past, as does she, and it won’t stay buried in the past forever.
The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie is another stand-alone novel in the world we first explored with The First Law trilogy. It comes after Best Served Cold, and before Red Country.
Black Dow took the North from the Bloody-Nine by stabbing him in the back and now rules with a black and iron fist. The Dogman and in turn the Union have come to make war, to get revenge for the death of Logen Ninefingers, and to further other agendas. Both sides are stubborn, both sides claim they’re in the right. But what’s right about war?
I bought this anthology (also my first ever anthology read) because I love David Gemmell‘s work and I support the David Gemmell Awards. It also gave me some new writers to explore, and some insight into short stories and what a writer can do with them. The anthology consists of short stories by the following authors (some of whom I’ve read before):
- Stan Nicholls
- James Barclay
- Gaie Sebold
- Ian Whates
- Storm Constantine
- Tanith Lee
- Jonathan Green
- Joe Abercrombie
- Juliet E McKenna
- Anne Nicholls
- Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Jan Siegel
- Sandra Unerman
Best Served Cold is a stand-alone novel that takes place in the same world as Abercrombie‘s The First Law trilogy, though all the action takes place in Styria, which was previously only remarked upon and not yet explored in favour of the Union, Dagoska and the North. Continue reading
Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say that he entertains.
I bought the beautiful paperbacks of this trilogy that you can see above – I love me a beautiful book cover and these have all these nice embellishments – because I’d heard Abercrombie was a logical next step after reading authors like Steven Erikson, James Barclay and Brent Weeks. And I’m glad I bought these: glad and sad, I’ll tell you why in a minute. Continue reading