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Red Country: A First Law Novel (World Of The First Law Series Book 3) by [Abercrombie, Joe]
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Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out (Joe Hill)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2374 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BD9SI8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story follows a few different characters, a few familiar from previous books although painted differently.

Cosca was shown as a cynical but amusing buffoon in previous books while in this one he appears as a brutal narcissist with no redeeming features.

Shy is likeable and entertaining as is Temple and their interactions make a good core for the rest of the book.

Most of the book moves slowly with a few instances of violence sometimes expected and other times sudden.

There is an element of sadness in the book with the passing of primitive ways and the simple ageing of characters shown.

The ending raises the action quotient and has several battles between individuals and groups that are all well written showing a combination of luck and skill.

A good read with some nice depth to it.
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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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I'm a big Abercrombie fan, but Red Country was really disappointing, not up to the standard of previous novels. This attempt to recreate themes from several classic Westerns in the setting of the Union's Western frontier should have been left in the ideas notebook. Overly long, meandering and most of all dull and unrewarding with a particularly boring plot. Not sure if the editing wasn't up to scratch or if the author was just having trouble with the project. Hope the next one is better!
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With George R.R Martin producing what at best can be described as subpar work every half decade or so, fans of gritty fantasy such as myself, must look elsewhere for our fix. Thankfully there are plenty of pretenders to the throne, and Abercrombie is not only the best of the bunch, he also manages to put out a new novel roughly once a year.

Red Country is his latest work and the quality is as high as we have grown accustomed to from him. All of his stand alone novels set in the same universe as The First Law trilogy, has had some kind of theme. Best Served Cold was a revenge story, The Heroes was a war story, and Red Country is a good old fashioned western! Long term Abercrombie fans will immediately notice that this time, the theme has a much stronger influence on the material. In fact, I was some times in doubt as to whether or not I was actually reading a fantasy novel, and only the lack of guns, and the inclusion of characters from previous Joe Abercrombie novels, convinced me I was indeed in a fantasy universe I know and love. This probably won't sit right with everyone, and I can see why. It really is a big stylistic departure and not all fantasy fans are necessarily western fans.

I however grew up on a steady diet of westerns and consumed everything from Sergio Leone to Terrance Hill and Bud Spencer, and anything in between. I also happen to be a huge Robert E. Howard fan, and my favourite short story of his is (you probably already guessed this, if you can see where I am going with this): Beyond the Black River. So I immediately felt right at home with Red Country and as good as The Heroes was, there is no doubt in my mind that Abercrombie continues to improve upon the perfect and this is his best novel so far.

A must read and definitely my favourite novel of the year.
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This is not up to the standard of the previous books.
It seems to be a rushed out piece of work, perhaps the publishers or his agent wanted something in a hurry ?
Although there are some characters from the classic books they seem to have been transplanted into a western I half expected six shooters to be drawn.
There were cannons gunpowder and steam engines, even a steam powered dragon which unfortunately never took to the air due to the hurried approach and hasty ending, swords but no sorcery.
Nowhere close to his other stuff, quite a sad effort...
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