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Sharp Ends

By: Joe Abercrombie
Narrated by: Steven Pacey,Joe Abercrombie
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The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day singlehanded when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.

Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is. Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp. And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain, Bethod, is desperate to bring peace to the North.

There's only one obstacle left - his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine....

Sharp Ends combines previously published award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of sideshows, backstories and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.

Narrated by Steven Pacey and featuring Joe Abercrombie.

©2016 Joe Abercrombie (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work." (George R. R. Martin)
"Delightfully twisted and evil." ( Guardian)
"Joe Abercrombie has written the finest epic fantasy in recent memory." (Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner, on Red Country)
"Joe Abercrombie is probably the brightest star among the new generation of British fantasy writers...." ( The Times)

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Amazing

What an absolute treasure this series has been . Greatest audiobooks on the market. The narrator is in a class of his own and the writing is stand alone in its depth , humour and characters you grow to love .
I will never tire of listening to Joe’s books read by Steven. Best coin I’ve spent .

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Amazing as always

Joe Abercrombie together with Steven Pacey is second to none. They have a perfect symbiotic relationship that make for an amazing listen. I’ve listened to every book previous to this and about to start the next 3 in the half series.

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For those familiar with the First Law books

This collection of short stories adds further depth to some of the great characters already acquainted with in the First Law and First Law World series, plus a few new names who tie in. Hearing some of the favourites back in the day is a real treat and Pacey performs these younger versions excellently. A few gaps filled, some alternative perspectives and learning how some names were earned. Another gem from Abercrombie.

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great short story collection

really interesting to see some key events that happened outside the series

I recommend rereading them all as they are about minor characters mostly and I had to google the characters once or twice to remember who was who

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Sterling. Really. Can’t fault it.

In awe of both the author and his gifted narrator. Thoroughly enjoyable - seeking more immediately.

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Another Joe Abercrombie and Stephen Pacey masterpiece! You won’t be disappointed. Pure joy 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Near on his best

I think the best written of his books. Love the peak back in time. Great if you've read everything by him to get back to his world.

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Slightly unsatisfying ending

Just felt like it ended on more of a downer than it needed to be. Even though that's what it's all about. Freedom was great, a real laugh although not for the townsfolk.

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Another brilliant book.

Filled with action, humour and human frailties. These stories are each gems in themselves and also neatly fillout some further detail of this enthralling world.

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Perfect little collection of wonder!

This book just highlights how great Abercrombie (and Pacey) are! especially good if you have read all the books that come before this one as it is full of little tidbits of information and funny anecdotes. Shevedieh and Javre - brilliant duo! And Curnden Craw and his dozen out to recover that mysterious item - bloody hilarious. I cannot recommend it enough!

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