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Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
Gollancz Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575082458
Date: 18 June 2009 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Uncorrected Proof Copy: The eagerly awaited new novel from Joe Abercrombie - an author who, with his First Law Trilogy, gave the fantasy genre quite a kick up its arse. This new one is a stand alone and I for one, can't wait to sink my teeth into it!

"Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. 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. 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. 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. 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. Whatever the cost, seven men must die. 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. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. 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. And that means revenge."

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