Sunday, 6 November 2016

FANTASY SHORT STORY COMPENDIUM: Sharp Ends: Tales from the World of First Law - Joe Abercrombie

Release Date: 26/04/16
Publisher:  Gollancz


The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed 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 side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.


In fantasy, there are some authors that just automatically make it ot the top o fmy reading pile, and one such is Joe Abercrombie. I love his gritty writing style, the characters he brings together and of course the high octane action sequences that just leave you breathless demanding more.

The prose is always blade sharp and at the end of the day with this much kick assery between the pages you really are guaranteed a cracking bang for your buck. Now whilst this is a bit of a departure from his normal work, this title is ideal travel fodder or just the ideal material to take you away from the real world during your breaks. Each tale is carefully thought out, delivers what you expect from Joe and all round leaves you sated . Cracking.

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