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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Worth listening to added depth to the series

But please maybe don't let Joe read again keep him writing instead. Loved it still though.

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Another 5 star book

After powering through the the first law books and world I needed any thing that kept me grounded in the world of the characters or Logen and Wyrin.
As always Joe and Steven deliver perfection.
I admit I skipped over the chapter that Joe read....He is a great writer, but after Steven, no one can impress

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  • 02-12-2019

Should be read last, so things come full circle

It is a very good collection of stories that expends the context of the trilogy and the stand alone books. This is why in my opinion it should be read last. Charachthers are very well build and some familiar faces get another layer of their personality exposed. Comic relief is there, as expected and things fall into place nicely from a narrative perspective. Again should be read last to fully enjoy it (after the first trilogy and the stand alone books).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2018

Kickass short stories

Should have been longer, and more stories about chev and javra to see what happened on the last crusade together. Also really liked the last story where it changed characters rapidly 😀

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  • luke
  • 09-09-2016

Not his best work

What did you like best about Sharp Ends? What did you like least?

Joe style ++
The stories --

What was most disappointing about Joe Abercrombie’s story?

He just does not write great short fiction. Not his fault.

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey and Joe Abercrombie ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent performance as usual.

Do you think Sharp Ends needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NO...

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  • Trace`
  • 27-06-2017

So, so good!

It's been awhile since Joe's last book and with all the other books I have read in between, I had forgotten just how much I love his work! Just about everything else pales by comparison. I enjoyed catching up with these characters from previous stories, they feel like old friends.

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  • Martin
  • 05-06-2016

Oh it is F**king good stuff!

Shev & Javre, the most enjoyable characters I have come across in a very long time. They deserve their very own series. Laughed out Loud a good few times at their antics. Rest was good also of course and great to meet some old names I knew well, but these two stand out as just fantastic. Love the short story style where you are not sure if any more is coming or not on each story line. Genius :D My book of 2016. Please give Shev & Javre a whole series, they make me smile so much :) Oh..., this is hell.....LOL!!.

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  • Robyn
  • 11-07-2016

For Abercrombie fans

This jumps around a bit. There's no real story thread, just lots of short stories packed together - the only link being that they are all about minor characters from the First Law series.....

If you're a fan of Abercrombie, and a devotee of the First Law Series, then you'll enjoy this. There's the expected Abercrombie grit, with Steven Pacey narration - you'll know exactly what to expect. 4 stars rather than 5, as I'm not really a fan of the short story approach, and coming to this book cold (outside of the series), is probably not to be recommended.

At one point, Jo Abercrombie himself narrates one of the stories.....He "voice-acts" in a way that is supposed to be consistent with the character in question, and I suppose it is, but have to admit that I couldn't cope with it, and had to forward through that story. Jo is a fabulous storyteller - one of my favourites - but the narration is best left to Steven Pacey, who is without a doubt, one of the best narrators out there.

My favourite part of this audiobook is the footnote.....where Steven Pacey and Jo Abercrombie are being interviewed by the Audiobook people. It was brilliant to listen to the two of them chatting about the books, and the various characters, and interpretations and the performances. (I could have done without the interviewer whose questions were a little lame - rather just letting them chat away, down any path they cared to go.....good fun.).

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  • Paul
  • 16-06-2016

Brilliant writing

I am not usually a big fan of short stories, but this is something quite different: a filling in of the back-story of some of the characters we all ready know from previous books. At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed it because the writing is just so good. Amazing characterisations, heart-stopping action and wicked, dry humour. My only slight criticism was that I didn't enjoy the last story, as it seemed to take a well-known character somewhere that was very dark, even by Abercrombie's standards. But that should not put you off at all.

I am a bit cross with Steven Pacey though. I have read all of Abercrombie's previous books in print, but now because Pacey's reading is so awesome I am going to have to go back and buy the Audible versions. You have cost me a fortune Mr Pacey, with your perfect intonation, pace, tone and characterisations!

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  • Moz101
  • 03-06-2016

Humorous, witty, violent.

Humorous, witty, violent.

Joe Abercrombie's books set in the world of the 'First Law' have it all, great characters and storylines brought to life by Steven Pacey, who, in my opinion, is the greatest audiobook narrator in the business.

The combination of Abercrombie's writing and Pacey's narrative always leaves me impatiently waiting for the next Instalment. I have trawled through audibles catalog, hoping to find something that comes close to these, but sadly, nothing quite hits the mark.

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  • Teric42
  • 14-06-2016

Brilliant!

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It is a joy to listen to any of Joe Abercrombie's books - I love his style of writing, its mixture of brute force, fierce fighting, webs of love, betrayal and intrigue together with a large dose of humour for good measure. I enjoyed all of the short stories especially those of Shev and Javre which had me laughing out loud many times! Hope to see more of them in the future. Steven Pacey's narration is brilliant as always, bringing all the characters to life. Great book and will definitely be listening to it again.

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  • Howard
  • 09-06-2016

Fantastic stories, fantastically narrated

I've spent the last week in a state of bliss, with a smile on my face, drinking in the world of The First Law, so amazingly delivered by Steven Pacey. Great collection of stories, brimming with humour, which kept me smirking, and laughing out loud on busy trains; I got odd looks, but I pitied them for not being party to the witty retorts & gags.

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  • Ian Rafter
  • 27-05-2016

another great entertaining romp

Abercrombie has a knack for making a story 3D, with the characters, dry humour and detailed gore that makes this a gritty wonderful collection. the narration too is superb!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-2016

Excellent as usual

Mr Pacey, sublime performance. Should not have let Joe on the mic. Great writer, but not a great voice.

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  • Umashin
  • 25-05-2016

great performance more first law please!

great performance. wish it was one long story not a collection of short stories. but still ballin!

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  • Dwiver
  • 08-05-2016

Disappointed

I love Joe Abercrombie's work. This series has been brilliant with amazing characters and fantastic stories. When I saw this book was being released I preordered immediately. I was so disappointed to find it was a collection of short nothingy stories filling in some pointless details of the earlier books. It kills me to write a negative review because all of the other books were so good. In fairness the book was well read and performed but over all I felt this was a fluff piece that didn't have a real point.

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