When I finished The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie back on December 31, 2017, I was left with such a hollow feeling in my gut that I put off reading the sequel trilogy for over a year. Then when A Little Hatred was announced, I knew I needed to finally dive back into the First Law world, and I am so glad I did.

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie - Book Review 24, Jun

WARNING: I've hopefully kept things relatively vague and avoided spoilers - but reader beware!


Nothing drives a story quite so well as a good ol’fashioned bout of revenge.  Whether it’s the patient efforts of heroes like The Count of Monte Cristo or the general-turned-slave, Maximus Decimus Meridius of Gladiator fame, or indeed the more relentless pursuit of payback found in the likes of The Revenant and Jaws: The Revenge, most people can empathise with that base human need to take an eye for an eye.  And in the world of Grimdark… there’s no purer motivation than that.

Best Served Cold (First Law World #4) 20, Jul

Rating: 4/5 Stars

What a magnificent tale of revenge filled with bloody actions, betrayal, and humor.