Best Served Cold : First Law World

  • by Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • Series: First Law World
  • 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Springtime in Styria. And that means war.
There have been 19 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 Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings
Novels in the First Law World
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country

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What the Critics Say

"The battles are vivid and visceral, the action brutal, the pace headlong, and Abercrombie piles the betrayals, reversals, and plot twists one atop another to keep us guessing how it will all come out. This is his best book yet." (George R. R. Martin)
"Joe Abercrombie takes the grand tradition of high fantasy literature and drags it down into the gutter, in the best possible way. Monza is a beautiful mercenary who has sworn to kill the seven men who tried to kill her. No elves, no wands - just lots of down-and-dirty swordplay." (Time)
"Abercrombie is both fiendishly inventive and solidly convincing, especially when sprinkling his appallingly vivid combat scenes with humor so dark that it's almost ultraviolet." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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as good as the main trilogy

had to wait a long time for it to be narrated by setieven pacey, it was worth the wait. not a single touch less compelling than the first law trilogy and to hear it from the same talented narrator made it as if i was just continuing the same story rather than reading a stand alone book.
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- mohamed

Love his style

The more I read Joe Abercrombie the more I like him. I was hesitant to start reading another series by the author after having already read the First Law series because I thought that I'd be bored. Wrong! The writing style is still the same gritty roller-coaster ride of anger and sorrow but the plot was very fresh and not at all familiar feeling. The fact that the author managed to really surprise me towards the end was highlight for me. I'm one of those readers who usually sees plot twists coming a mile away but I never saw this one coming.

Another reason I really enjoy Abercrombie's books so much is the outstanding narration that Steven Pacey gives. My first taste of Abercrombie's work came in an audio book and I have since read some of his books in print as well. I can honestly say that I enjoy the audio books much more and that's because Mr. Pacey does such a great job. There are a lot of characters in this book, both male and female, and Mr Pacey is fabulous at voicing both. He doesn't seem to be over dramatic but when the situation calls for it he is great at building tension. I haven't listened to any other authors that Mr Pacey has narrated for but I certainly will in the future.
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- Lord Ragnar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio