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Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of The First Law by [Joe Abercrombie]

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Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out -- Joe Hill

Pratchett-like parody of epic fantasy throughout... if Pratchett dropped the C-bomb and relished disembowelment. ―

'Joe Abercrombie has created a world able to stand alongside landscapes the likes of George RR Martin and JRR Tolkien have created in terms of drama, political intrigue and, of course, bloodshed.' ―

Suffice to say that Sharp Ends is an intriguing entry point into the World of the First Order. I'm equal parts hooked and scared. Is it all like this? Can anyone survive? ―
Geek Native

These stories proved to be engrossing. They are a spicy addition to the main courses of the novels, adding to the flavour of the original and offering a wider explanation of how some characters got to the place they did. I look forward to enjoying the novels and I'll be looking out for my favourites. ―
SF Crowsnest

There are some great writers of low fantasy around today, but few are as good as Abercrombie...Each short story does offer an entertaining and dark read ―
The Bookbag

Dark, and darkly comic, this is an ideal read for anyone who enjoys their humor dry and their vengeance bloody. ―
The Eloquent Page

he consistently high standard of the stories in
Sharp Ends make it a triumph. Granted, readers would be advised to acquaint themselves with their setting, but anyone who was excited by Abercrombie's debut ten years ago will feel those butterflies again. It's a masterful approach, displaying everything that's great about the short story format, from a writer at the height of his powers. ― Starburst Magazine

Sharp Ends is by turns brutal, witty, chilling, charming but always brilliant. ― Geek Planet Online

Overall, the best fantasy collection it's been my pleasure to read in many years. ―
CONCATENATION --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work

- George R. R. Martin

Delightfully twisted and evil - Guardian

Joe Abercrombie has written the finest epic fantasy in recent memory

- Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize Winner, on Red Country

Joe Abercrombie is probably the brightest star among the new generation of British fantasy writers - The Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B016IOF8OY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gollancz; 1st edition (26 April 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10600 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 349 pages
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Joe Abercrombie is a freelance film editor, who works on documentaries and live music events. He lives and works in Bath. THE BLADE ITSELF, his debut novel, is the first novel of The First Law trilogy, followed by BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED and LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS. His new stand-alone bestseller is BEST SERVED COLD.

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