This is easily Joe Abercrombie’s best book, and already my top read of 2013. Perhaps even of the last few years.
The author has a certain love for broken things, and crafted some of the most memorable characters in Best Served Cold. They each have their unique voice, needs, fears, and quirks. The plot serves them, and not the other way around.
On top of all this, this may be some of the cleverest writing I’ve read. Not just the witty dialogue, but even within the prose itself. Abercrombie has a firm grasp on language, and if you are a lover of English as much as I am, you can’t help but appreciate and applaud the style.
If you like gritty, in-your-face violence and macabre humour, you need to read this book ASAP.
A quick note on where this falls within the rest of Abercrombie’s works. It is a stand-alone, so you could easily enjoy the story without having read The First Law trilogy. However, as is the case with stand-alones set in the same universe, you will notice a lot of hints and gems dropped throughout. You may or may not giggle.