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Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of The First Law Kindle Edition
The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.
Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.
Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.
And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There's only one obstacle left - his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine . . .
Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.
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Pratchett-like parody of epic fantasy throughout... if Pratchett dropped the C-bomb and relished disembowelment. ― SFX
'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.' ― SciFiNow
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: 30,625 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is with much regret that I can say this book is a blatant cash-grab. A bunch of disjointed stories over the course of many years of specific moments of characters we know, or of new characters that are hard to care about. Clearly the Abercrombie "soul" is there, but it's a bunch of short stories that I believe were edited out of previous books and someone told Mr. Abercrombie he could turn them to profit.
Avoid, even if you're a fan.
Abercrombie has filled in some background here and, as with all his work, done it with style and truth.
From how the war affected folk in the wider world to letting us see that familiar villains and heroes were not quite so black and white as we may have imagined these are great short stories. Some have a lighter tone than we're used to in the world of the First Law, some just as dark but none fail to fit in or to hit their mark.
I'm 75% through the book, and I'm struggling with the disjointed nature of it. I know they are a collection of short stories, but I was hoping for a little more interaction and cross over between stories. One story line even covers 15 years.
I have tried to accept and value each little story on their own, but I don't have enough time to invest emotionally in the characters to care about what happens to them.
It has been entertaining to hear about some characters from the original series.
I don't hate this but any means, I'm Just disappointed. If you loved the First Law series, I'm sure you'll enjoy this.