Sunday, April 10, 2011

A book review

Blurb taken from Goodreads.

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 and 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 employers' 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 Barbarian 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.
If you like war, blood, and mayhem, in fiction, of course, I highly recommend this book.  Not only because of its dark nature, but because Abercrombie developed his characters so well you have no choice but to enjoy the ride.  The "revenge" plot is nothing new, but Abercrombie uses an ecclectic cast of characters that I found myself gripped by the tale as a result. 


  1. Well, son-of-a-gun! I have an old mystery manuscript that takes place in the world of culinary television and its title is BEST SERVED COLD (as in "revenge is a dish best served cold")--dammit! Not that I plan on digging it out anytime soon, but still...okay, so this book sounds a lot better than my boring plot, anyway :)

    Thanks for the review!

  2. LOL. This story got the name by the same means. Hey, great minds think alike! At least it's a different genre. Meyer's Twilight has the same name as Koontz Twilight. You just never know.


Thanks for stopping by! I had to turn on the word verification due to spammers. Sorry for the inconvenience.