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Before They Are Hanged

by Joe Abercrombie

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is utterly unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone the cream of his forces. In the heat-ravaged south the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta. The city is braced for the inevitable defeat and massacre to come, preparations are made to make the Gurkish pay for every inch of land . . . but a plot is festering to hand the city to its beseigers without a fight, and the previous Inquisitor of Dagoska vanished without trace. Threatened from within and without the city, Glokta needs answers, and he needs them soon. And to the east a small band of malefactors travel to the edge of the world to reclaim a device from history - a Seed, hidden for generations - with tremendous destructive potential. A device which could put a end to war, to the army of Eaters in the South, to the invasion of Shanka from the North - but only if it can be found, and only if its power can be controlled . . .

Before They Are Hanged

by Joe Abercrombie

The second novel in the wildly popular First Law Trilogy from New York Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie. Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run -- if he could even walk without a stick. Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem -- he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world. And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters -- if they didn't hate each other quite so much. Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven -- but not before they are hanged. First Law TrilogyThe Blade ItselfBefore They Are HangedLast Argument of KingsFor more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:Novels in the First Law worldBest Served ColdThe HeroesRed Country

Before They Are Hanged (The First Law, Book 2)

by Joe Abercrombie

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors when your allies can by no means be trusted and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run--if he could even walk without a stick. Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem--he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world. And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters. If they didn't hate each other quite so much. Ancient Secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven but not before they are hanged.

Best Served Cold

by Joe Abercrombie

War may be hell, but for Monza Murcatto, a solider of considerable fortune; it's a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular - a shade too popular for her employer's taste. Betrayed and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die."Joe Abercrombie takes the grand tradition of high fantasy literature and drags it down into the gutter, in the best possible way." --- Time"Abercrombie is both fiendishly inventive and solidly convincing, especially when sprinkling his appallingly vivid combat scenes with humor so dark that it's almost ultraviolet." --- Publishers Weekly"A satisfyingly brutal fantasy quest. BEST SERVED COLD? Modern fantasy doesn't get much hotter than this." --- Dave Bradley, SFX"Abercrombie has written the finest epic fantasy trilogy in recent memory. He's one writer that no one should miss." --- Junot Diaz on The First Law Trilogy

The Blade Itself (The First Law, Book 1)

by Joe Abercrombie

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian--leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules. Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government... if he can stay alive long enough to follow it. Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta,a whole lot more difficult.... Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set

by Joe Abercrombie

THE FIRST LAW trilogy is a fantasy masterpiece, now available in a stunning box set. It's a perfect gift for fans of A GAME OF THRONES; a must-have for fans of Joe Abercrombie; and a great way for new readers to discover one of the most highly acclaimed fantasy trilogies of the past decade.

The Great Leveller

by Joe Abercrombie

Collected together for the first time, here are the three hard-hitting standalone novels set in the world of Joe Abercrombie's bestselling FIRST LAW trilogy. BEST SERVED COLD: War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular - a shade too popular for her employer's taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die. THE HEROES: Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail. Three men. One battle. No Heroes. RED COUNTRY: Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit off her family's killers with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.

Half a King

by Joe Abercrombie

"A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."--George R. R. Martin"I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath." Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. The deceived will become the deceiver. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. The betrayed will become the betrayer. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could. Will the usurped become the usurper? But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began--in twists, and traps, and tragedy.Advance praise for Half a King "Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that's saying something."--Patrick Rothfuss "As in all Abercrombie's books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure."--Rick Riordan "Enthralling! An up-all-night read."--Robin Hobb "Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page."--Brent Weeks "Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It's a coming-of-age story. It's a Viking saga. It's a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it's this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book."--Myke Cole "Half a King is full of all the adventure I've come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had."--Sam SykesFrom the Hardcover edition.

Half a War

by Joe Abercrombie

New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie delivers the stunning conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy that began with Half a King, praised by George R. R. Martin as "a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."Words are weapons. Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. If she is to reclaim her birthright, she must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge. Only half a war is fought with swords. The deeply cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king's minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head--a man who worships only Death. Sometimes one must fight evil with evil. Some--like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith--are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others--like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver--would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her irons wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness. Praise for Joe Abercrombie's Half a King "A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."--George R. R. Martin "Tremendously entertaining . . . lightning-fast and filled with a wonderful collection of rogues, villains and two-faced bastards . . . From the first chapter [Abercrombie] wastes no time as the reader is swept up in a gripping tale of betrayal and revenge."--SciFi Now "Once this plot has its teeth in you, it will not let go. . . . Abercrombie's masterly storytelling means that everything, from the characters you come to love and despise to the sprawling world that is explored, is enthralling."--Fantasy Book Review Half the World "An excellent page-turner . . . full of drama and energy."--New York Daily News "Another entertaining burst of battle, magic and political machinations from the always reliable Joe Abercrombie . . . a thoroughgoing blast, a violent, beautiful rabbit hole of craft that is well worth disappearing into."--Shelf Awareness "Compelling . . . [Thorn] makes Katniss Everdeen look like Dorothy Gale."--Chicago TribuneFrom the Hardcover edition.

Half the World

by Joe Abercrombie

New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie's thrilling new series continues in the follow-up to Half a King, which George R. R. Martin hailed as "a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland's deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Praise for Joe Abercrombie's Half a King "Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that's saying something."--Patrick Rothfuss "As in all Abercrombie's books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure."--Rick Riordan "Enthralling! An up-all-night read."--Robin Hobb "Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page."--Brent Weeks "Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It's a coming-of-age story. It's a Viking saga. It's a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it's this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book."--Myke Cole "Half a King is full of all the adventure I've come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had."--Sam SykesFrom the Hardcover edition.

The Heroes

by Joe Abercrombie

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.THE HEROESFor glory, for victory, for staying alive.

The Heroes

by Joe Abercrombie

War: where the blood and dirt of the battlefield hide the dark deeds committed in the name of glory. THE HEROES is about violence and ambition, gruesome deaths and betrayals; and the brutal truth that no plan survives contact with the enemy. The characters are the stars, as ever, and the message is dark: when it comes to war, there are no heroes...Meet THE HEROES. Curnden Craw: a ruthless fighter who wants nothing more than to see his crew survive. Prince Calder: a liar and a coward, he will regain his crown by any means necessary.Bremer dan Gorst: a master swordsman, a failed bodyguard, his honor will be restored - in the blood of his enemies.Over three days, their fates will be sealed.

The Heroes

by Joe Abercrombie

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.THE HEROESFor glory, for victory, for staying alive.

Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, Book 3)

by Joe Abercrombie

The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it's going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend, and his oldest enemy. It's past time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe, and no-one can be trusted. His days with a sword are far behind him. Its a good thing blackmail, threats and torture still work well enough. Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is far too painful, and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too, and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it. While the King of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No-one believes that the shadow of war is falling across the very heart of the Union. The First of the Magi has a plan to save the world, as he always does. But there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, after all, than to break the First Law...

Media guerra (El mar Quebrado 3)

by Joe Abercrombie

El dramático desenlace de la apasionante trilogía de aventuras fantásticas para todos los públicos «El mar Quebrado» de Joe Abercrombie. «Una historia trepidante de traición y venganza que me atrapó desde la primera página, y de la cual ya no he podido desengancharme.»George R.R. Martin «Como Juego de Tronos con un chute de adrenalina.»Daily Mail «Solo pueden conquistarse los miedos afrontándolos. Si los rehúyes, te conquistan ellos a ti.» La princesa Skara ha sido testigo de cómo todo lo que amaba se convertía en sangre y cenizas. Al ser la única superviviente de su derrotada dinastía, deberá vencer la aflicción y el terror, afilar la mente y luchar por Throvenlandia como reina. El padre Yarvi ha recorrido un largo camino y ha pasado de esclavo tullido a poderoso clérigo. Ha conseguido que sus antiguos enemigos se vuelvan sus aliados y ha logrado la paz, aunque inestable. Pero ahora la abuela Wexen ha levantado el mayor ejército que se ha visto desde que los elfos se enfrentaron a Dios. Todos se preparan para la batalla que se está gestando; entre ellos Raith, el portador de la espada de Grom-gil-Gorm. Para él, la presencia de Skara es como un bálsamo para sus heridas. Y Skara, a su vez, detecta sorprendida que la sonrisa de Raith es como una llama capaz de caldear la noche más gélida. Algunos han nacido para luchar, quizá para morir. Otros prefieren vivir en la luz. Pero cuando la Madre Guerra extiende sus alas, amenaza con sumir todo el mar Quebrado en la oscuridad más profunda. Media guerra es la entrega final de la trilogía «El mar Quebrado», que arrancó con Medio rey y siguió con Medio mundo. Ambas novelas se colocaron en el top ten de The Sunday Times cuando se publicaron en inglés. Si bien Abercrombie ya lleva vendidos más de dos millones de ejemplares de sus libros en todo el mundo, traducidos a 26 idiomas, con esta nueva saga ha afianzado su éxito entre la crítica y los lectores, y se ha confirmado como un autor de best sellers para todos los públicos. Reseñas:«En el género fantástcio, Abercrombie es único.»The Guardian «Espléndido... Abercrombie tiene un don para crear personajes con dramatismo e ingenio.»Publishers Weekly «Una excelente lectura, muy adictiva, llena de drama y brío.»New York Daily News «Fantasía para todas las edades y todos los momentos, siempre y cuando estés emocionalmente preparado para que te arranquen el corazón. Porque, a pesar de los títulos de sus novelas, Joe Abercrombie no es un autor de medias tintas.»Tor.com «Inteligente, emocionante e inesperado.»SFF World

Medio mundo (El mar Quebrado 2)

by Joe Abercrombie

Medio mundo es la segunda entrega de la trepidante saga de aventuras «El mar Quebrado» de Joe Abercrombie. «El momento en el que pares, será el momento en el que mueras.» Espina Bathu es una de las pocas chicas de Gettlandia que ha recibido el don de la Madre Guerra. Desesperada por vengar la muerte de su padre, vive para la lucha. Pero tras un trágico accidente en el cuadrado de entrenamiento, su propio instructor la tacha de asesina y se convierte en una proscrita. Zafándose del destino, la joven queda atrapada en una conspiración cuando se embarca en la nave del padre Yarvi, un clérigo tremendamente astuto. Junto con el resto de la tripulación, Espina surcará medio mundo en busca de aliados para luchar contra el despiadado Alto Rey, y aprenderá lecciones muy duras a base de engaños y sangre. La acompaña en este viaje el joven Brand, un guerrero que odia matar. Aunque en una sociedad tan bélica como esta se le considera un fracasado, el periplo por el mar Quebrado le ofrecerá una oportunidad inesperada para redimirse a los ojos de todos. La crítica ha dicho...«En el género fantástico, Abercrombie es único.»The Guardian «Espléndido... Abercrombie tiene un don para crear personajes con dramatismo e ingenio... Esta trepidante historia engancha a los lectores y prepara lo que promete ser un enfrentamiento final explosivo.»Publishers Weekly «Una excelente lectura, muy adictiva... llena de drama y brío.»New York Daily News Los bloqueros opinan:«Si ya leísteis Medio rey, no creo que haga falta que os diga que sigáis con Medio mundo, pero si teníais alguna duda, olvidadla. Corred a por él.»Fantífica «Medio mundo es uno de esos libros por los que piensas que se ha creado la literatura. [...] Recomendado no. Imprescindible.»Blog Dr. Motosierra «Medio mundo es un libro realmente intenso, al igual que su antecesor, lleno de aventuras y acción, con unos personajes inolvidables y muy bien caracterizados, giros totalmente inesperados y muy bien pensados y un mundo magistralmente creado por el maravilloso Abercrombie, un gran maestro del grimdark del que, sin duda, me declaro fan incondicional.»Blog El rincón de Arya «El escritor inglés vuelve a regalarnos sus magníficas escenas de acción, con combates y duelos narrados con la habilidad que le caracterizan, y como siempre reservándose algún as en la manga para sorpresa y deleite del lector.»Blog El caballero del árbol sonriente «Apasionante, adictiva y con giros que rompen predecible devenir de la historia, Medio Mundo es sin duda una de las mejores lecturas de 2015, equilibrada y bien escrita que arroja una oscura sombra sobre cualquier otro título juvenil de fantasía.»Blog La biblioteca de Atenea

Medio rey (El mar Quebrado 1)

by Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie, joven promesa de la literatura fantástica, inicia con esta adictiva novela la nueva y emocionante trilogía «El mar Quebrado». «Una historia trepidante de traición y venganza que me atrapó desde la primera página, y de la cual ya no he podido desengancharme.»George R.R. Martin «Este es mi libro favorito de Abercrombie.»Patrick Rothfuss Yarvi, el hijo menor del rey, nació con una malformación en una mano que ha llevado a todo el mundo, incluso a su propio padre, a considerarlo «medio hombre». Por eso, en lugar de formarse como guerrero, al igual que el resto de varones de su estirpe, se ha dedicado a estudiar para convertirse en uno de los clérigos del reino. Sin embargo, en la víspera de la última prueba para ingresar en esta poderosa orden de sabios, a Yarvi le llega la noticia de que su padre y su hermano han sido asesinados. Él es el nuevo rey. Pero tras una terrible traición a manos de sus seres queridos, Yarvi se encontrará solo en un mundo regido por la fuerza física y los corazones fríos. Incapaz de llevar armadura o de levantar un hacha, deberá afilar y agudizar su mente. Cuando se juntan a su alrededor una extraña hermandad de almas perdidas, descubrirá que esos compañeros inesperados tal vez puedan ayudarle a convertirse en el hombre que quiere ser. «Juré vengarme de los asesinos de mi padre. Seré medio hombre, pero pronuncié un juramento entero.» Grandes autores han dicho...«Con increíbles giros y una trama repleta de diversión, Medio rey es, definitivamente, una gran aventura.»Rick Riordan «Medio rey es un logro extraordinario, emocionante, fascinante e implacable. La acción es frenética; los personajes, afilados como las espadas que blanden, y el humor, mordaz.»Derek Landy, autor de Detective esqueleto La prensa comenta...«Trepidante, descarnado y violento.»The Guardian «La prosa estelar de Abercrombie, así como sus inteligentes giros argumentales, gustarán tanto al público adulto como a los lectores jóvenes.»Publishers Weekly «Abercrombie sabe relacionar de forma magnífica las motivaciones de sus personajes con los temas más actuales.»The Washington Post Y los blogueros opinan...«El lector más joven disfrutará de esta historia llena de acción y sangre, con personajes que se mueven bordeando lo moralmente correcto y que puede servirles de perfecto trampolín hacia la producción más adulta de Abercrombie, y toda la fantasía oscura que está revitalizando todo el género.»Blog El caballero del árbol sonriente «Hay drogas duras menos adictivas. Y menos placenteras.»Fantifica «Posiblemente lo que más me haya gustado del libro es que recuerda a esos con los que muchos comenzamos a sentir amor tanto por la lectura como por este género. Esos en los que un grupo de compañeros debe emprender una aventura, ya sea para luchar contra el mal o por su propia supervivencia, y donde surgen alianzas de esas que brotan del interior de cada hombre y de cada mujer.»Blog Espada en la tinta «Para aquellos que no conozcan a Joe Abercrombie, Medio Rey es perfecta para conocerlo e ir subiendo el volumen con sus obras más "adultas" publicadas en España. Para esos otros para los que el autor, es un clásico de cabecera, ¡ojo!, porque vais a descubrir una faceta nueva suya, que quizás os rechine y os remueva la bilis, así que borrad la caché, fuera ideas preconcebidas, porque merece la pena.»Blog Fantasy Mundo

Mig món (El mar Trencat 2)

by Joe Abercrombie

Mig món és la segona entrega de la trepidant saga d'aventures «El mar Trencat» de Joe Abercrombie. «T'atures un moment i ja ets morta.» L'Espina Bathu és una de les poques noies de Gettland que ha rebut el do de la mare Guerra. Desesperada por venjar la mort del seu pare, viu per la lluita, però després d'un tràgic accident en el quadrat d'entrenament, l'instructor la titlla d'assassina i esdevé una proscrita. Escapolint-se del destí, la jove queda atrapada en una conspiració quan s'embarca en la nau del pare Iarvi, un clergue molt astut. Juntament amb la resta de la tripulació, l'Espina solcarà mig món buscant aliats per lluitar contra el despietat Alt Rei, i aprendrà lliçons duríssimes a còpia d'enganys i de sang. En aquest viatge l'acompanya el jove Brand, un guerrer que odia matar. Tot i que en una societat tan bèl·lica com aquesta se'l considera un fracassat, el periple pel mar Trencat li oferirà una oportunitat inesperada de redimir-se als ulls de tothom. La crítica ha dit...«En el gènere fantàstic, Abercrombie és únic.»The Guardian «Esplèndid... Abercrombi té un do per crear personatges amb dramatisme i enginy... Aquesta trepidant història enganxa als lectors i els prepara pel que segurament serà un enfrontament final explosiu.»Publishers Weekly «Una excel·lent lectura molt addictiva... plena de drama i empenta.»New York Daily News

Mig rei (El mar Trencat 1)

by Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie, jove promesa de la literatura fantàstica, inicia amb aquesta addictiva novel·la la nova i emocionant trilogia «El mar Trencat» «Una història trepidant de traïció i venjança que em va atrapar des de la primera pàgina, i de la qual ja no me n'he pogut desenganxar.»George R.R. Martin «Aquest és el meu llibre preferit d'Abercrombie.»Patrick Rothfuss En Iarvi, el fill petit del rei, va néixer amb una malformació en una mà que fa que tothom, fins i tot el seu pare, el considerés «mig home». Per això, en lloc de formar-se per esdevenir un guerrer, com la resta dels homes de la seva estrip, s'ha dedicat a estudiar per convertir-se en un dels clergues del regne. Però la vigília de l'última prova per ingressar en aquest ordre de savis, en Iarvi rep la notícia que el seu pare i el seu germà han estat assassinats. Ell és el nou rei. Després d'una terrible traïció ordida pels seus éssers estimats, en Iarvi es trobarà de sobte tot sol en un món governat per la força física i els cors freds. Incapaç de dur una armadura o d'aixecar una destral, haurà d'afilar i aguditzar la seva intel·ligència. Però una estranya germandat d'ànimes perdudes s'aplega al seu voltant i ell descobrirà que aquests companys inesperats poden ajudar-lo a convertir-se en l'home que li agradaria ser. «Vaig jurar que em venjaria dels assassins del meu pare.Pot ser sóc mig home, però vaig fer un jurament sencer.» Grans autors han dit...«Amb increïbles girs i una trama repleta de diversió, Mig rei és, definitivament, una gran aventura.»Rick Riordan «Mig rei és un assoliment extraordinari, emocionant, fascinant i impecable. L'acció és frenètica; els personatges afilats com les espases que branden, i l'humor, mordaç.»Derek Landy, autor de Detective esqueleto Y la prensa ha comentat...«Trepidant, descarnat i violent.»The Guardian «La prosa estel·lar d'Abercrombie, així com els seus intel·ligents girs argumentals, agradaran tant al públic adult com als lectors més joves.»Publishers Weekly «Abercrombie sap relacionar de forma magnífica les motivacions dels seus personatges amb els temes més actuals.»The Washington Post

Mitja guerra (El mar Trencat 3)

by Joe Abercrombie

El dramàtic desenllaç de l'apassionant trilogia d'aventures fantàstiques per a tots els públics «El mar Trencat» de Joe Abercrombie. «Una història trepidant de traïció i venjança que em va atrapar des de la primera pàgina, i de la qual ja no he pogut desenganxar-me.»George R.R. Martin «Com Joc de trons amb una xutada d'adrenalina.»Daily Mail «Només podràs vèncer les pors encarant-hi.Si les defuges, et venceran.» La princesa Skara ha vist com tot el que estimava es convertia en sang i cendres. La seva dinastia ha estat aniquilada i en ser ella l'única supervivent haurà de vèncer l'aflicció i el terror, afilar la ment i lluitar com a reina de Throvenland. El pare Iarvi ha recorregut un llarg camí i de ser un esclau esguerrat ha passat a ser un clergue poderós. Ha aconseguit que els seus antics enemics esdevinguin els seus aliats, i ha assolit una pau inestable, ja que l'àvia Wexen ha organitzat un exèrcit mai vist d'ençà que els elfs es van enfrontar a Déu. Tothom es prepara per a la batalla que s'està gestant i en Raith, el portador de l'espasa de Grom-gil-Gorm, també. Per a ell, però, la presència de l'Skara és un bàlsam que alleuja qualsevol ferida. I l'Skara, al seu torn, detecta, sorpresa, que el somriure d'en Raith és com una flama capaç de caldejar la nit més gèlida. N'hi ha que han nascut per lluitar, potser per morir. D'altres s'estimen més viure en la llum. Però quan la mare Guerra estén les seves ales, amenaça de sumir tot el mar Trencat en la foscor més profunda. Mitja guerra és l'entrega final de la trilogia «El mar Trencat», que va arrencar amb Mig rei i va seguir amb Mig món. Quan es van publicar en anglès, les dues novel·les es van situar a les llistes de llibres més venuts de The Sunday Times. Si bé Abercrombie ja havia venut més de dos milions d'exemplars del seus llibres arreu del món, traduïts a vint-i-sis llengües, amb aquesta nova saga ha consolidat l'èxit entre la crítica i els lectors, i s'ha confirmat com un autor de best sellers per a tots els públics. Ressenyes:«En el gènere fantàstic, Abercrombie és únic.»The Guardian «Esplèndid... Abercrombie té un do per crear personatges amb dramatisme i enginy.»Publishers Weekly «Una lectura excel·lent, molt addictiva... plena de drama i nervi.»New York Daily News «Fantasia per a totes les edats i tots els moments, sempre que estiguis preparat emocionalment perquè t'arrenquin el cor. Perquè, malgrat els títols de les seves novel·les, Joe Abercrombie no és un autor per a mitges tintes.»Tor.com «Intel·ligent, emocionant i inesperat.»SFF World

Red Country

by Joe Abercrombie

A New York Times bestseller!They burned her home.They stole her brother and sister.But vengeance is following.Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into an alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust . . . RED COUNTRY takes place in the same world as the First Law trilogy, Best Served Cold, andThe Heroes. This novel also represents the return of Logen Ninefingers, one of Abercrombie's most beloved characters. First Law TrilogyThe Blade ItselfBefore They Are HangedLast Argument of KingsNovels in the First Law worldBest Served ColdThe HeroesRed Country

Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of the First Law

by Joe Abercrombie

Sharp Ends is the ultimate collection of award winning tales and exclusive new short stories from the master of grimdark fantasy, Joe Abercrombie. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed 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 . . .For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out: The First Law TrilogyThe Blade ItselfBefore They Are HangedLast Argument of KingsStand Alone Novels in the First Law WorldBest Served ColdThe HeroesRed Country

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