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Best Served Cold

by Joe Abercrombie

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Series: The First Law (4)

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Duke Orso imagines that he can become king by ending the civil wars that have devastated Styria, but he errs by trying to kill his overly popular general, mercenary Monza Murcatto. Recovering from her massive injuries and mourning her murdered brother, Monza vows vengeance on Orso and half a dozen of his accomplices.… (more)
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Monza isn't a likeable woman, but that doesn't means she's not a sensational protagonist.

Things to Know About This Story:
· The characters of this story are never just as they appear.
· good and evil depend on which side you stand on
· mercy and cowardace are the same thing (or are they?)
· everything connects
· this book can be cold and stale or thrilling and fluid in your hands. It's up to you how you read it. ( )
  sraazad | Jul 1, 2021 |
what can i tell you? reading the First Law trilogy was a pleasure. reading this standalone set a few years later in the same world was painful. sure, it's well written, if not in any way subtle. it's the tone - so unrelentingly negative about human nature that i just kinda didn't want to be there. sure, the theme is revenge, and the cost of it, and i'm no pollyanna, but it rams that message home so singlemindedly that after a while it just became - unpleasant to go back in for the next round. ( )
  macha | Jun 24, 2021 |
Pure cinematic goodness from the jump. I'd recommend this as a great starting point for readers who are new to Abercrombie and wanna test the waters before jumping into the First Law trilogy. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
I really enjoyed Abercrombie's 'The First Law' series, and it is nice to pick up a story taking place in the same setting. Abercrombie's writing style is definitely dark. I loved the way some of the secondary characters (from the First Law series) have come to life on their own in this book. Nothing like a bit of dark revenge. ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
This one took an age to get through - not because I hated it or anything (I didn't), but because I stopped reading on the treadmill and started playing War of Words before bed again. However, something about this one didn't pull me along like the previous books did. Still looking forward to Red Country coming out later this year, though. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
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This inevitably makes Best Served Cold something of a novel of parts—some very good, exhilarating or terrifying or amusing, but no more a coherent whole for that. The frenetic plot does, however, feed into a broader aesthetic of denial, even if it could have been more elegantly done
 
Joe Abercrombie takes the grand tradition of high fantasy literature and drags it down into the gutter, in the best possible way.
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To have a good enemy, choose a friend: he knows where to strike. - Diane de Poitiers
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees. - Victor Hugo
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. - Joseph Conrad
War without fire is as worthless as sausages without mustard - Henry V.
For mercenaries are disunited, thirsty for power, undisciplined, and disloyal; they are brave among their friends and cowards before the enemy; they have no fear of God, they do not keep faith with their fellow men; they avoid defeat just as long as they avoid battle; in peacetime you are despoiled by them and in wartime by the enemy. - Niccoló Machiavelli
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The sunrise was the colour of bad blood.
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"Veränderungen, Freundlich ... es ist so eine Sache damit. Manchmal ändert sich ein Mensch zum Besseren. Manchmal ändert sich ein Mensch zum Schlechteren. Und oft, sehr oft, sobald er die Zeit und die Möglichkeit bekommt ..." Er wedelte kurz mit seinem Flachmann, dann zuckte er die Achseln. "Dann macht er alle Änderungen wieder rückgängig."
Aber er war ein besserer Mensch, da war er sich sich sicher. Weiser. Früher war er sich selbst sein größter Feind gewesen. Jetzt war er der größte Feind aller anderen.
Je mehr man einem Mann gibt, desto mehr verlangt er und desto weniger glücklich ist er auch. Niemand weiß je etwas zu schätzen, das er umsonst bekommen hat. Die Pest über die verdammte Mildtätigkeit.
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Duke Orso imagines that he can become king by ending the civil wars that have devastated Styria, but he errs by trying to kill his overly popular general, mercenary Monza Murcatto. Recovering from her massive injuries and mourning her murdered brother, Monza vows vengeance on Orso and half a dozen of his accomplices.

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