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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.
The battles are vivid and visceral, the action brutal, the pace headlong, and Abercrombie piles the betrayals, reversals, and plot twists one atop another to keep us guessing how it will all come out. This is his best book yet. - George R.R Martin.
Joe Abercrombie is probably the brightest star among the new generation of British fantasy writers... Abercrombie never underestimates the horrors that people are prepared to inflict on one another, or their longlasting, often unexpected, consequences. Abercrombie writes a vivid, well-paced tale that never loosens its grip. His action scenes are cinematic in the best sense, and the characters are all distinct and interesting. - The Times.A satisfyingly brutal fantasy quest. Best served cold? Modern fantasy doesn't get much hotter than this. - SFX.
ISBN: 9780575082489 ISBN-10: 0575082488 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 672 Published: 1st June 2010 Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.3
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, England. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology.
Abercrombie moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004.
Abercrombie lives in Bath, Somerset with his wife and three children.