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Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust....
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By Lore on 10-02-13
Justice can have what's left when I'm done.
Red Country has more of a Wild West feel than Abercrombie’s prior works but he pulls it off nicely. The Far Country is a rough and mostly unsettled land where people looking for a second chance at life take their dreams to die. The main story follows Shy South who seeks to find her brother and sister after they are abducted from her family farm and she will stop at nothing to recover them. She follows their trail deep into the Far Country and along the way encounters a number of familiar faces from past books. Things go from bad to worse and after a while it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad. Revenge motivates many of the characters and that never works out well for anyone when Joe Abercrombie is wielding the pen.
If you have not read the First Law trilogy then I suggest you do so prior to picking up Red Country. Unlike Abercrombie’s other standalone books, there is just too much here that you will miss out on if you don’t know the background of some of the returning characters. However, if you enjoyed the trilogy then you should gladly spend your credit on Red Country. You will once again find yourself rooting in vain for your favorite characters to receive a happy ending that you know is never going to happen.
Steven Pacey, narrator of the First Law trilogy, returns to replace Michael Page who narrated Abercrombie’s last 2 books. Pacey does his usual excellent job, but it does take some time to get used to new voices for Shivers and Nicomo Cosca.
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By Kristina on 11-20-12
Would you consider the audio edition of Red Country to be better than the print version?
Red Country is fantastic! Joe Abercrombie is easily the best author in his genre. LOVED to have old characters back and how he deftly crafts new ones! Steven Pacey is the perfect narrator again! I really enjoyed how he consistently voices each character, even those from the beginning of the First Law series. I loved this book so much, I finished it and immediately hit "play" again to start all over.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Lamb - oh I think you know...
Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
the morning after the "love scene." hilarious
Any additional comments?
Loved this book as much as the rest of the First Law. Hope it never ends!
25 of 26 people found this review helpful