Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie, narrated by Steven Pacey
Genre: Fantasy, adventure
Pub date: February 16th 2016 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I loved this book. From the first chapter it threw you into a complicated and exciting story. I fell in love with characters only to have them slaughtered minutes later. And from there, the story began to unfold.
There was violence, sex, adventure, surprises, poison, and lots of bad choices. Characters we loved back in the first part of the First Law series came back up but showed a different side. We met several new characters in this book, and I can’t wait to see them again. I definitely recommend this book to anyone willing to put in the hours—it’s not as long as some of Abercrombie’s books, but it’s still 24 hours long (it took me about a week to get through).
One of the things I love about A is his writing style. There is so much clever repetition, he drops subtle hints, and little things come back to show their face that you didn’t expect. Of course it was expertly and beautifully narrated by Steven Pacey.
Literally the only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that when I looked it up and went to find the cover image, it has a blonde on the cover. GUYS IT CLEARLY SAYS MANY TIMES THAT MONZCARO MURCATTO HAS BLACK HAIR. This is not complicated.
About the Book
Springtime in Styria. And that means war. Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.
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.
About the Author
Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter. In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.