Here's the book blurb:
They burned her home.
They stole her brother and sister.
But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust. . .
The past never stays buried . . .
I am not generally a fan of book trailers, but I do appreciate this one. The whole western feel of the trailer. Considering I absolutely loved all his other books- The First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold, and The Heroes- I have no worries for this one. The fact he's been apparently reading up on gritty westerns for research and influential material is a slightly added bonus. Because I tend to enjoy the western grit, it makes me even more excited for this book.
One recognizable character I am definitely looking forward to reading about again is Nicomo Cosca. A Soldier that specialized in not doing a thing and somehow reaping the benefits. His most useful skill seems to be a great streak of luck and chance. Add that to his wonderful demeanor and his outstanding conversational skills and you have quite an entertaining individual. He has one of the best quotes ever, after making an awkward entrance he exclaims, "My name is Nicomo Cosca, famed solider of fortune, and I am here for dinner." It fits his character so well! Simple, matter of fact, and more than slightly entitled.
I would also like to say that any Fantasy readers out there should give the First Law books a try. At least the first book in the trilogy- The Blade Itself. I have personally bought roughly 20 copies of The Blade Itself and gave them out to potential readers, and only one of the people disliked it. Most of them went out and got the rest of the series. So I figure I'll be gifting a stack of Red Country to all the Abercrombie fans I know.
The only other author I buy up piles of books for and hand them out is Neal Asher. I would also highly recommend him to anyone that enjoys Joe Abercrombie's books- as Asher has plenty of dark humor and action in all his books. The Spatterjay series- The Skinner, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, and Orbus- are particularly phenomenal. Buy these books, they're worth it.
Joe Abercrombie's books? Say one thing about his books, say they're amazing.