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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2010 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Zati on 04-28-14

Fun and Twisted

At this point, I think it's a safe bet that I will enjoy anything read by Steven Pacey. And I honestly think Joe Abercrombie gets better with every book. Very very addictive.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nathan on 04-14-13

Great from start to finish

A great new cast of characters along with some familiar names. Things kick off right from the start and keep pace righ to the end. Great characters, well developed and in Abercrombies style often put to beffitting or undeserved ends.

Once again Steven Pacey puts in a flawless performance, every character unique and he hits every whispered, whimppered, croaked, shouted and stranggled line without fail.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stuart on 02-08-13

Low down dirty double crossing ...

Steven Pacey! Steven Pacey! Steven Pacey!



I really enjoyed this, even more than the First Law Trilogy. The book has a great depth of characters, and the narrator brings these to life wonderfully. It's a great combination of a well written book and first class narration.



I recently reviewed The Painted Man (different author) and I wasn't kind to it, because I had no empathy for the characters and ultimately didn’t care what happened to them. In this book most of the characters are low down dirty double crossing villains, but you can't help enjoy them. The reason you warm to them is they aren't just plain bad, they have some depth to them and complexity. Joe Abercrombie has a wonderful way of building a story and getting you to care for the type character that most other authors would have cast as the villain. His world isn't black and white, there are people who just seem to get drawn into bad things … as well as those who just relish it.



The references to the First Law Trilogy were excellent and some of the characters from that appear and get expanded upon. A word of warning though - prepared for dark deeds, dark humour and a couple of occasions where you feel like you might lose your lunch.



Fantastic stuff

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gavin on 01-21-12

New recording

This book was originally sold with a change of narrator from the First Law books however the publisher has taken note and re-recorded this title and the following book with Steven Pacey. If you bought this with the other narrator you can re-download the title and it will be the new version with Steven Pacey. Excellant news given his brilliant performance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By A fan on 06-10-17

Wow! What an awesome read!👍

I really can't believe how great Abercrombie is! Every time I finish another of his books, I'm amazed time & again how good they keep being. So far they've kept me fully sucked in to the very end, where I think heck yeah that's his best yet! So when I get that feeling every time with him i know that I'm experiencing something great. His character's have such individual richness that they really leep right off the page! Cosca had me bursting out laughing on a packed bus without me even realizing it!
Thd 1st trilogy definitely has to be read 1st though. I'd rsad few reviews saying that the last 3 could be read independently, however I strongly recommend that u read the 1st trilogy 1st as some characters stay in the series with the time line flowing smoothly along. I'm now on book 5 The Heroes.
So far it feels like book 5 was best, but I think that's because it's a great story that just gets better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Oswald the Stormtrooper on 06-05-17

Gruesome and brilliant

If you love the first law books, you'll love this. true to form, a great story following a few old favourites from the original trilogy

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