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Red Country (The First Law Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Abercrombie
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The past never stays buried.

This is the new violent, bloody and fast paced tale from SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Joe Abercrombie.

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Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work' George R. R. Martin, author of GAME OF THRONES.

They burned her home.

They stole her brother and sister.

But vengeance is following.

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 stepfather 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. . .

The past never stays buried . . .

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1689 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316187216
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BD9SI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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UK fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings, as well as the standalone fantasy Best Served Cold.

Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, and his daughters Grace and Eve. He still occasionally edits concerts and music festivals for TV, but spends most of his time writing edgy yet humorous fantasy novels.

Here are the First Law Trilogy in series order:

The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
The Last Argument of Kings

Standalone:

Best Served Cold

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3.0 out of 5 stars too long 8 Nov. 2012
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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For me Red Country felt like deadwood meets The hobbit. A western journey that was fairly pointless but was often violent.
This is far from my fav book by Abercrombie, its not that its trying too hard, its just that its, well 150+ pages too long. Sometimes (and heroes was heading this way) Joe Abercrombie doesn't seem to know where to speed things up a bit, it was the plodding that got to me (i need more pace, but thats a personal choice). The characters were great, Lamb, Shy etc so rich in detail, emotion, back story, I loved reading about them. Cosca and his men, so many rich characters, so deep and dark, but the journey was just too long for me. I think many will really love this book.
A good book, that could have been a great book. But as ever i look forward to what comes next from one of the Review:
For me Red Country felt like deadwood meets The hobbit. A western journey that was fairly pointless but was often violent.
This is far from my fav book by Abercrombie, its not that its trying too hard, its just that its, well 150+ pages too long. Sometimes (and heroes was heading this way) Joe Abercrombie doesn't seem to know where to speed things up a bit, it was the plodding that got to me (i need more pace, but thats a personal choice). The characters were great, Lamb, Shy etc so rich in detail, emotion, back story, I loved reading about them. Cosca and his men, so many rich characters, so deep and dark, but the journey was just too long for me. I think many will really love this book.
A good book, that could have been a great book. But as ever i look forward to what comes next from one of the truly talented fantasy writers out there

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Brutal Fantasy Meets Western 3 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback
After reading the book blurb above you could easily be mistaken for thinking that Joe Abercrombie has flipped his lid. Where the hell is the grimness? What has happened to the darkness? Shouldn't there be a fabulously graphic coming together of the two in order to create some sort of vile fantasy by-blow (let's call it "Grimdark" for want of a better name).

The First Law trilogy was Abercrombie's take on the epic fantasy opus. The Heroes was a novel that explored the horrors of war, and now, Red Country heads off into the territory of the Western. I'll admit to being a little sceptical before I began reading. I found myself continually going back to the big question - can a fantasy novel and Western inhabit the same space and happily coexist with one another?

Shy South is used to hardship. Running a farm in the middle of nowhere has created a woman of single-minded purpose and determination. When her younger siblings are kidnapped she sets out to find them. She refuses to let any obstacle get in her way and will move heaven and earth to find her family. At first meeting Shy comes across as hard, almost unfeeling, but there are hidden depths to this young woman. She is much more than just your average homesteader.

The other main character is a Northman, known only as Lamb. Some try to distance themselves from the past while others, no matter how far they travel, just can't seem to escape it. Lamb has lived a peaceful, almost solitary, life for years but a series of events out with his control force him back into a place he thought he had left far behind. This character was the real highlight of the novel for me. There are some wonderful moments where we get to discover what's going on in the mind of this world-weary man. Lamb is seeking peace but finds only violence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To the far country 9 Dec. 2014
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Another novel from fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie. This is set in the same world as his earlier novels. It does have some ties in with them. But they don't have any real effect on the plot, so you could get into this easily enough without having read them.

It runs for four hundred and fifty two pages. It's divided into five parts and various shorter chapters.

There's a map of the setting at the front.

As with his other works, there's a fair amount of violence and strong language and adult situations.

Main character is a lady called Shy. Who doesn't Because when her farm is attacked and her young siblings taken, she sets out to get them back. With only her stepfather for company initially, her journey will bring her more companions, and take her to the edge of civilisation. Plus a meeting with those who live beyond it..

This is a homage to the western genre. As you can tell right from the opening dedication to Clint Eastwood. There's an old rule of writing science fiction which says avoid 'rayguns and rocketships.' Which is to say that you should tell a story that can only work in the genre you're writing in. Initially this doesn't seem to do that, the opening being very much western and not really feeling fantasy at all.

The second chapter does, thanks to the first appearance from somewhat verbose soldier of fortune Nicomo Cosma, and his lawyer Temple. The latter is a very strong character and a major player and one who goes on a very good character arc through the book.

Which continues as he and Shy and various others encounter various western style situations.

Although the characters are very well drawn, they are all a bit stereotypical as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another amazing read. Love the characters.
Published 11 days ago by Stephen Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Joe Abercrombie for showing me there better book series out...
Thank you Joe Abercrombie for showing me there better book series out there then game of thrones.
Published 13 days ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars He is brilliant, he has delivered time after time
Joe Abercrombie is in my top 5 of authors. He is brilliant, he has delivered time after time. All his books have a very dark humour and genuine laugh out loud moments. Read more
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JUST AS EXPECTED
Published 1 month ago by s m stokes
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Joe Abercrombie rocks!
Published 1 month ago by Dave W
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Right up there alongside Brandon Sanderson as the top writer in this genre.
Published 1 month ago by DM
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My favourite author since david gemmel,
Published 2 months ago by jono
3.0 out of 5 stars muddled
Red country reunites a number of the characters from the first law 1 and 2 series. Not his best work. Muddled and rushed with no real character development. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Old heroes.
Say one thing for Liven Ninefingers, say he'll be missed. Congratulations on a job well done Mr Abercrombie, violence, sex and humour always make for a winning story.
Published 2 months ago by Mr M E C WARD
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