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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-10-18

Kickass short stories

Should have been longer, and more stories about chev and javra to see what happened on the last crusade together. Also really liked the last story where it changed characters rapidly 😀

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3 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 07-11-16

For Abercrombie fans

This jumps around a bit. There's no real story thread, just lots of short stories packed together - the only link being that they are all about minor characters from the First Law series.....

If you're a fan of Abercrombie, and a devotee of the First Law Series, then you'll enjoy this. There's the expected Abercrombie grit, with Steven Pacey narration - you'll know exactly what to expect. 4 stars rather than 5, as I'm not really a fan of the short story approach, and coming to this book cold (outside of the series), is probably not to be recommended.

At one point, Jo Abercrombie himself narrates one of the stories.....He "voice-acts" in a way that is supposed to be consistent with the character in question, and I suppose it is, but have to admit that I couldn't cope with it, and had to forward through that story. Jo is a fabulous storyteller - one of my favourites - but the narration is best left to Steven Pacey, who is without a doubt, one of the best narrators out there.

My favourite part of this audiobook is the footnote.....where Steven Pacey and Jo Abercrombie are being interviewed by the Audiobook people. It was brilliant to listen to the two of them chatting about the books, and the various characters, and interpretations and the performances. (I could have done without the interviewer whose questions were a little lame - rather just letting them chat away, down any path they cared to go.....good fun.).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 06-05-16

Oh it is F**king good stuff!

Shev & Javre, the most enjoyable characters I have come across in a very long time. They deserve their very own series. Laughed out Loud a good few times at their antics. Rest was good also of course and great to meet some old names I knew well, but these two stand out as just fantastic. Love the short story style where you are not sure if any more is coming or not on each story line. Genius :D My book of 2016. Please give Shev & Javre a whole series, they make me smile so much :) Oh..., this is hell.....LOL!!.

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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
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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