‘Ganmark, help him.’. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king. Whatever the cost, seven men must die. If all soldiers looked as you did, I might even be tempted to go on campaign myself. Tossed out with the rubbish. Ganmark leaned forwards and calmly ran him through the heart from behind. So, we have some copy for Best Served Cold now that all parties are happy with. Finalist for the British Fantasy Award 2010. You should’ve kept a hold on her!’, ‘I should stab the useless pair of you!’ hissed Orso’s voice. Who else but Grand Duke Orso? ‘Just and caring.’ Orso frowned thoughtfully towards the distant sea. Mad despair. All he cares about is whoring. The curving walls were vast panels of sculpture showing scenes from antiquity. Facts are facts.’. Your commitment, your single-mindedness, your swiftness to act! Underneath it the road twisted up the mountainside towards the fortress of Fontezarmo - a cluster of sharp towers, ash-black again the wounded heavens. ‘You know Mauthis, do you?’ Orso gave a sour glance in his direction. A moment’s all it would take.’, Prince Ario tittered. ‘As your Excellency desires.’, The duke rose smoothly from his desk. ‘The city was scoured, your Excellency. Read Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. Read this immediately after Joe Abercrombie's "First Law" trilogy. In 2008, Joe Abercrombie was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer. She opened her mouth to scream—. A low-born fighting man, who seized power in Talins by the sharpness of his mind and sword together.’ More by blunt ruthlessness and brutality, the way Monza had heard the tale. Her allies include Styria’s least reliable drunkard, Styria’s most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a barbarian who just wants to do the right thing. And that means revenge. Best Served Cold (First Law World #1)Online read: Best Served Cold (First Law World #1) Virtual Library. .’. ‘Not there!’ snapped Orso. “History is written by the victors.”’, The duke squeezed her shoulder. © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Underneath it the road twisted up the mountainside towards the fortress of Fontezarmo – a cluster of sharp towers, ash-black against the wounded heavens. Orso carefully stepped back as blood speckled the tiles with red. Off the terrace and let us be done. ‘Ah!’ squawked Ario, waving one hand. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. ‘I hope you understand. ‘Smile, then. wherever—’, ‘And you the fearless Duke Benna?’ She laughed at that. ‘Cantain was a good man.’, That was a long way from the point, as far as Monza could see. I do not forget that.’, ‘Curse your modesty. ‘How did you leave things in Borletta?’ asked Monza. Murder can be a painful business.’. ‘I note you are not smiling.’, ‘I will. . Lots of violence, sometimes funny, not exactly sentimental and you won't shed a tear at any point despite the ever-mounting death toll. ‘He will have to rely on the noble Duke Rogont and his Osprians,’ said Ganmark, with the faintest of smiles. The wire hissed taught around it, snatching it up under her chin, crushing it chokingly tight against her throat. She spat blood, mad screams guttering to a long drawn croak, clawing at the smooth floor with her nails. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 November 2016. 4 offers from £22.99. Ten times as many drowned trying to swim the river as died fighting. Precious few for anyone, but that is war.’. ‘Speed isn’t always something to be proud of.’, ‘For pity’s sake!’ Orso’s voice. Paperback. For a man who earned his living from war, he’d always been an embarrassment where weapons were concerned. Red Country ©2015 Joe Abercrombie (P)2015 Hachette Audio. ‘That jewel I bought looks wonderful well on you.’, She held up her right hand to admire it, a ruby the size of an almond, catching the first glimmers of sunlight and glistening like an open wound. Finalist for the David Gemmell Legend Award 2010. ‘Climbing a mountain, at your age? We get there in the end.’. The sun flickered through black trees, jabbing at one eye. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king. A great shape lurked near them, in the shadows against the wall. Benna Murcatto Saves a Life. Shivers is a main POV character introduced as a newcomer to Styria via Westport with a wish to be a better man and find honest work that doesn't involve endless battles. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king. Her eye darted desperately around. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. Benna quivered for a moment, then sagged down and was still, pale cheek smeared with red. This item cannot be shipped to your selected delivery location. Cosca never stuck to an employer like this.’, ‘I’m not Cosca. Buy Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie from Waterstones today! As if she hadn’t spent an hour preening herself before the mirror. ‘Just as they did at Caprile.’, The duke’s face lit up like a boy’s on his birthday. I must leave at once if I mean to catch the evening tide for Westport—’, ‘No. 37 likes. Now tell me of Borletta.’, ‘You heard about the battle on the High Bank?’, ‘I heard you scattered the League of Eight’s army, just as you did at Sweet Pines! ‘Gah!’ He let go the wire and Monza whooped in air, started shrieking mindlessly, lashed at him with her elbow and sent him staggering. Benna’s horse drew gradually up beside hers, and ever so gently he murmured, ‘You look especially beautiful this morning, Monza.’, That brought a smile to the corner of her mouth. A tall, gaunt, hook-nosed man stood at his elbow, staring down as keenly as a vulture waiting for thirsty travellers to die. ‘As do we all,’ she muttered. It isn't brilliant literature by any means, but it's an awful lot of fun for an adult. "Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold is a bloody and relentless epic of vengeance View all copies of this ISBN edition: Synopsis; About this title; Springtime in Styria. A streak of wet ran from her flickering eye and she felt it trickle slowly down her cheek. He lifted himself an inch or two, veins bulging from his neck. Best served cold by Joe Abercrombie. And Cantain’s head above the gates. ‘Mon—’ Metal glinted as Prince Ario stabbed him in the neck. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. ‘You have that look, now.’, ‘Huh.’ She felt the familiar frown gripping her face. In 2009, Abercrombie released the novel Best Served Cold. He pouted, but he never said no. How could Prince Ario manage with only ten halls for his shoes?’, ‘A man can’t be fashionable these days without at least twenty rooms of footwear.’, Benna frowned down at his own gold-buckled boots. And that means war. The message that Orso was the latest in a line of royal winners was hard to miss, even though his great-grandfather had been a usurper, and a common criminal besides. She felt herself dragged, head lolling. Dark blood crept out from under him, worked its way along the cracks between the tiles. Like “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood. ‘Is she still alive? ‘Why can my sons not mark my lessons as you have? ‘My share of the compliments, of course.’, ‘If your head swells any further it’ll fucking burst.’ She twitched her silken cuffs up. . A corpse is no threat to his comrades.’, Benna opened his mouth but Monza talked over him. War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money too. A half-finished set of statues stood along the roofline. Her victories have made her popular - a shade too popular for her employer's taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto’s reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. They surged up towards her. The painter seemed to have been unaware that Orso hadn’t come within fifty miles of the fighting. ‘I’ve no more than thirty pairs all told. ‘I’m surprised he hasn’t got one of the whole of Styria tonguing his arse,’ whispered Benna in her ear. Count Foscar, you are keeping to your exercises, I hope?’, ‘Then we will make a swordsman of you yet.’, ‘Either one would be something,’ droned Ganmark in his clipped Union accent. His standalone novels (Best Served Cold, The Heroes and Red Country) are also set in the First Law world. Human bones, then. A broken branch knocked her spinning. Sprawled out helpless in the midst of the rotten vegetables, and the cooking slime, and the stinking offal left over from the last month’s magnificent meals. 3. ‘Everyone must kneel to someone, eh? October 26th, 2008. Orso crowned, then we retire.’, Benna sighed. ‘Fucking bitch!’ The heel of Gobba’s big boot cracked down on her right hand and sent pain lancing up her forearm, tore a sick gasp from her. ‘Your hair is like to . An insult from anyone else, from Benna it was effortlessly charming. . Gobba still lurked in the shadows, thick arms folded across his chest. This is his best book yet. Benna had to hurry to catch up, getting tangled with his own sword on the way. Tour the Thousand Isles. The only question is, how good is this book? Publisher: Gollancz, 2009. A world of close-clipped lawns, of hedges tortured into wondrous shapes, of fountains throwing up glittering spray. ‘Some men laugh easily. All the main characters have major personality defects, which is great. And that means revenge. Duke Orso giving alms to the poor. Benna was dead. ‘We’re not animals. Monza tried to scream, but only spluttered through her half-shut windpipe, made a sound like a honking pig. Her torn shirt billowed and flapped against her tingling skin. It scratched at her, sometimes, that she always had to make the choices. Count Foscar, Orso’s younger son, rushed around the pool like an eager puppy, shoes crunching on fresh-raked gravel, freckled face all lit up. ‘My leash-holder.’, ‘Always your humble servant, your Excellency. ‘You too, as ever. Do not forget to add a … One more season and Visserine will fall, and Rogont will surrender, and the League of Eight will be just a bad memory. Cold metal, but it felt burning hot, a line of fire from her stomach to her back. I feel my shortcomings most keenly.’. Best Served Cold is a stand-alone novel that takes place in the same world as Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law series, to be precise, a few years after the end of Last Argument of Kings.It follows in the same style as the previous trilogy and with the author’s delightfully twisted mixture of noiresque plots and flawed characters, including even some second-string characters from The First Law. Orso frowned over at her, a blurred black figure through the wet in her eyes, the hair tangled across her face. It was a different world beyond the gates, air heavy with lavender, shining green after the grey mountainside. ‘Going in, then?’ Foscar set his shoulder to one of the doors and heaved it open. Prince Ario, the duke’s eldest son and heir, lounged in a gilded chair nearer at hand. Every building stripped, every floor dug up, every person searched. On Paper, E-Book, or Audiobook read by Steven Pacey. ‘Since we’ve clearly only got one pair of balls between us, don’t you ever feel the need to borrow them yourself?’, ‘They look better on you. ‘Any actual fighting?’, ‘Why ever would I do that? ‘Right here! A jagged, mindless sound. Violent, bloody and fast-paced; this is the ultimate revenge fantasy by bestselling author Joe Abercrombie. They joined us for plunder and we’ve given them plenty. She twisted, kicked. Besides, you’ve got all the brains. At the far end an archway yawned, welcoming as a grave. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. The Banking House of Valint and Balk agrees to this further loan for the period of one year, after which they regret they must charge interest.’, Orso snorted. . While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king. ‘I’ve had worse gifts.’, ‘Piss on your reputation! Why was she not dead? She heard wind, creaking in the branches, crackling in the leaves. She’d never had much taste for congratulations. The book is also on funny. Benna started forwards. Stones clattered down around her, sticks and gravel. The road turned back on itself, and again. ‘Fuck yourse—’. 5.0 average based on 3 product ratings. As though examining a set of figures that wouldn’t quite add. They wrestled with it, teeth bared, gasping spit in each other’s faces, lurching back and forth, their hands sticky with her blood. Ganmark, Ario and Faithful had already gathered there. He has also written the Shattered Sea trilogy for young (and old) adults – Half a King, Half the World, and Half a War. Best Served Cold. Still, he’s never angry with you two, is he? Free delivery for many products! Like a cheap theatre prop. Best Served Cold - Ebook written by Joe Abercrombie. 5. All rights reserved. Visit the Old Empire. Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of The First Law, A Little Hatred: Book One (The Age of Madness), The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings (Box Set), The Great Leveller Collection 3 Books Set by Joe Abercrombie (Best Served Cold, The Heroes and Red Country) (First Law World) by Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument Of Kings: Book Three (The First Law), Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. The largest painting of them all faced the door, ten strides high at the least. Write the second section of your page here. Then we can all hang up our swords.’, ‘In my experience swords do not hang comfortably from hooks. Just one main one really. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. She felt the blood running down her forearm, into the collar of her shirt. You always bring good news. This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. ‘He’s got enemies?’ breathed Benna, eyes round as saucers with mock amazement. The blade went well wide of the mark, slid in under her bottom rib. Shop books, stationery, devices and other learning essentials. You scratched me!’, Ganmark stared back at him. She and Benna were proof enough of that. Come, tell me of your victories in the open air.’ He left one arm draped around her shoulders and guided her, past the sneering Prince Ario, through the open windows onto the high terrace. Something went wrong. Abercrombie, Joe. And that's all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started...Springtime in Styria. ‘I wouldn’t fancy trying to storm the place.’, ‘Don’t pretend you’d have the guts to climb the ladder.’, ‘I wouldn’t fancy telling someone else to storm the place.’, ‘Don’t pretend you’d have the guts to give the orders.’, ‘I wouldn’t fancy watching you tell someone else to storm the place.’, ‘No.’ She leaned gingerly from her saddle and frowned down at the plummeting drop on her left. Hooves crunched on the dusty track, saddles creaked and harness rattled. ‘You do me too much honour, your Excellency.’, ‘Less than you deserve. 58 ; Edward Gwynne. Springtime in Styria. ‘Find another way to be done with her, then, lackwit.’, ‘I’ll do it.’ Faithful pulled the dagger from her belt, still pinning her wrist with his other hand. ‘Let’s make this the last season on campaign,’ Benna wheedled. Seasoned men, not prone to impulsiveness.’, Benna chuckled. ‘But you want their land, not their lives, no? Amateurs. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. My great-grandfather was a mercenary, you know. Best served cold really sums up the story! Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings). Typical Abercrombie. “An animal fights his way to victory—”’, ‘“A general marches there,”’ Monza finished for him. Her arm was dragged away, twisted sharply behind her back. One of Benna’s hands crawled across the floor, reaching out for her. Most likely he’d be drunk within the hour and embarrass himself, but Monza was tired of playing his mother. ‘What of our one-time friends and now our bitter enemies, the treacherous citizens of Visserine?’, ‘The fields round the city are burned up to the gates, almost.’ Monza scattered carnage across the countryside with a few waves of her finger. It’ll be a lean winter for fat Duke Salier, and a leaner spring.’. And that means revenge. obeyed.’. ‘General Murcatto.’ He nodded stiffly to Benna. You can do better.’, ‘Harder every day,’ he muttered. There have been nineteen years of blood. Blue sky with shreds of cloud, black towers at the mountain top, grey rock face rushing past, yellow-green trees and sparkling river, blue sky with shreds of cloud, and again, and again, faster, and faster. . I swear, if I had offered great Euz as the groom she would have whined for a husband better fitting her station.’ He gave a heavy sigh. Benna stumbled, gurgling red drool, one hand clutched to the side of his face, black blood leaking out between white fingers. . Publication date 2009 Publisher Orbit Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; internetarchivebooks; delawarecountydistrictlibrary; china; americana Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive Contributor Internet Archive Language English. And that means war. One of my personal favorites. He had a knack of making people happy that always seemed like magic to Monza. Orso gestured at the body. The thin blade slid in and out of Benna’s body, the only sound the soft breath from his gaping mouth. Enough to keep you both in my service a little longer.’ He stepped between Monza and Benna, placed a gentle hand on each of their shoulders and led them back through the open windows. He’s really dead?’, Benna blew out his cheeks. To the east, the forest crumbled away into a patchwork of fields – squares of fallow green, rich black earth, golden crop. Try again. They heaved Benna up onto the balustrade and rolled him off. SFFWorld’s Favourite Book of 2009. And anyway, it’s not wise to say no to the Lord of Talins.’, ‘No. Best Served Cold is a stand-alone novel that takes place in the same world as Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law series, to be precise, a few years after the end of Last Argument of Kings. Benna has played his part, and our good friend General Ganmark, and Faithful too, but no one could deny this is your work. She rolled, and rolled, down the sloping earth in a cloud of dirt and leaves. War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money too. Whatever the cost, seven men must die. She could see each tree, now, each branch, each leaf. ‘Where’s Hermon’s gold?’ came Gobba’s rough voice. Ganmark says Duke Salier had three times your number.’, ‘Numbers are a hindrance if they’re lazy, ill-prepared and led by idiots. Just to make sure they don’t hurt themselves while they play, you understand.’. She narrowed her eyes against the stiff breeze, pushed some stray hair out of her face. ‘I thought we were mercenaries. Share this. a veil of shimmering sable!’, ‘You pompous cock. ‘To happier business, then. She tumbled over a tree root, crumpled on a mossy rock. There have been nineteen years of blood. Stay a while longer. ISBN 13: 9780575082458. The forearm was folded in half, a broken-off twig of grey bone sticking through bloody silk. If you've finished the First Law trilogy and are keen to renew your acquaintance with that world then definitely give this a try. She could feel the pain, gnawing at the edge of her mind. Dust slowly settled. Wars between demons and magi, and other such rubbish. ‘Much talk blows down from Ospria, always, but little help.’, ‘Visserine is poised to drop into your lap next year, your Excellency.’, ‘And with it the heart is torn from the League of Eight.’, The mention of crowns teased Orso’s smile still wider. She was embarrassed by it, almost, but couldn’t stop making it. .’ He snapped his fingers. ‘Slow thinkers, you mean?’, ‘Slow but steady. She spurred round one more steep bend, and the outermost wall of the citadel of Fontezarmo thrust up ahead of them. Duke Orso gifting knowledge to the ignorant. ‘Faithful!’ Benna seized the old mercenary’s big slab of a hand. Her allies include Styria's least reliable drunkard, Styria's most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a Northman who just wants to do the right thing. Most of the men are quartered outside the walls with Andiche and Victus. And that’s all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…. Ario is ambitious enough, but he has no insight. Once the League of Eight are finished and Orso is King of Styria. You shall have a great triumph, just as the heroes of ancient Aulcus did. Monza never got over how tiny, weak, utterly insignificant this space made her feel. Share - Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie (Paperback, 2010) Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie (Paperback, 2010) 3 product ratings. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. ‘My blessing on the Rule of Quarters! Gobba’s great fist came down, dragged Monza up by her throat. Its tip brushed against torn skin on her elbow. Essentially a revenge story, but good fun for all that. ‘There never was any gold!’ snapped Faithful. 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