Review: Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country has been one of my most anticipated reads since it was announced. While I definitely loved the First Law Trilogy it was Abercrombie’s previous novel The Heroes that really blew me away. Where as that first series was a riff on a conventional quest fantasy turned on its head The Heroes was an epic tale of war that was at in many ways both sprawling and constrained. The Heroes laser tight focus on a single battle (the preparations, the battle itself, and the aftermath) allowed for Abercrombie’s talents to shine and I grew quite attached to the multitude of characters offered in that tale. The jacket text and initial descriptions of Red Country set in the distant frontier of the same world as Abercrombie’s previous novels and hinted at, quite strongly, the return of one particular character. Red Country, despite its fantasy trappings, is heavily influenced by westerns and leans quite heavily on the notion of revenge.

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