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The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day singlehanded when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.
Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is. Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp. And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain, Bethod, is desperate to bring peace to the North.
There's only one obstacle left - his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine....
Sharp Ends combines previously published award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of sideshows, backstories and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.
Narrated by Steven Pacey and featuring Joe Abercrombie.
©2016 Joe Abercrombie (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work." (George R. R. Martin)
"Delightfully twisted and evil." (Guardian)
"Joe Abercrombie has written the finest epic fantasy in recent memory." (Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner, on Red Country)
"Joe Abercrombie is probably the brightest star among the new generation of British fantasy writers...." (The Times)
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By luke on 09-09-16

Not his best work

What did you like best about Sharp Ends? What did you like least?

Joe style ++
The stories --

What was most disappointing about Joe Abercrombie’s story?

He just does not write great short fiction. Not his fault.

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey and Joe Abercrombie ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent performance as usual.

Do you think Sharp Ends needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


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By Tracey on 06-27-17

So, so good!

It's been awhile since Joe's last book and with all the other books I have read in between, I had forgotten just how much I love his work! Just about everything else pales by comparison. I enjoyed catching up with these characters from previous stories, they feel like old friends.

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By Moz101 on 06-03-16

Humorous, witty, violent.

Humorous, witty, violent.

Joe Abercrombie's books set in the world of the 'First Law' have it all, great characters and storylines brought to life by Steven Pacey, who, in my opinion, is the greatest audiobook narrator in the business.

The combination of Abercrombie's writing and Pacey's narrative always leaves me impatiently waiting for the next Instalment. I have trawled through audibles catalog, hoping to find something that comes close to these, but sadly, nothing quite hits the mark.

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By Howard on 06-09-16

Fantastic stories, fantastically narrated

I've spent the last week in a state of bliss, with a smile on my face, drinking in the world of The First Law, so amazingly delivered by Steven Pacey. Great collection of stories, brimming with humour, which kept me smirking, and laughing out loud on busy trains; I got odd looks, but I pitied them for not being party to the witty retorts & gags.

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By mr tobie md date on 02-11-18

For those familiar with the First Law books

This collection of short stories adds further depth to some of the great characters already acquainted with in the First Law and First Law World series, plus a few new names who tie in. Hearing some of the favourites back in the day is a real treat and Pacey performs these younger versions excellently. A few gaps filled, some alternative perspectives and learning how some names were earned. Another gem from Abercrombie.

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By A fan on 04-05-17


It's quite obvious why Joe Abercrombie has firmly established himself as one of the genre's greats, & I expect that he'll stay up there. As usual Steven Pacey breathes a roar reality into it, giving it such believable life. Truly a joy to listen to, or just to read. 5stars as usual👍

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