E-Book, 304 Pages
Adult/ Anthology/ Fantasy
By: Joe Abercrombie
Rating: 🌟🌟 1/2
“It is easy to speak of the past, impossible to go there.”
Best Served Cold ★★★★ 1/2
The Heroes ★★★
Red Country ★★★ 1/2
Sharp Ends ★★ 1/2
As you can see from my ratings, this is my least favorite of Abercrombie books (Including The First Law Trilogy too). I want to start this review with a disclaimer that I am not a big fan of anthologies, they just don’t work for me because those stories often end before I can even get into them. I saw reviews before reading this one that it does not add much to the story and I even considered skipping them. But I decided against it in the end because I wanted to read everything before I jump into the Age of Madness trilogy.
I am not gonna review each story individually, It was a mix of good stories and stories that I did not care about. The book introduces two main new characters -Javre & Shev- who have more than one story in the anthology and the rest are for characters we already met in the previous books. To me, Javre and Shev stories were the most interesting and I would have preferred if this book was a full novel of their own.
The writing is good because Abercrombie knows what he is doing. The more books of his I read, the more I am convinced that his high success is due to the dialogues, whether these are external or internal monologues. There is always a pinch of sarcasm among all the darkness which I like!
The characters are good as usual, I still find myself caring about some of them and less about the others. My favorite story was the one featuring Javre and Shev and Whirrun because it was hilarious!
“There’s always good men on both sides of a good fight.”
Summary: I wasn’t the biggest fan of this anthology just like I am not a fan of other anthologies, I believe I will try to evade those in the future because I have tried a bunch of those and it is always the same for me. Abercrombie is a good writer but his abilities are better shown in his full novels! I am looking forward to The Age of Madness trilogy which I will be starting prior to book 3 release!