Best Served Cold

Joe Abercrombie
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Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie


....How to express what I think about this book? I guess I felt that this book was almost but not quite. The darker side of human nature has provided the genre with quite a few good tales but it needs to be balanced by at least a little bit of optimism, altruism or sacrifice. I guess that is what I was missing in this story. Any attempt at moving beyond the cynical world view the characters base their decision on, is swiftly and mercilessly punished. The world is not a place where people get what they deserve but surely no society can function if people are classed as declared enemies or potential enemies. The constant and usually well-founded suspicion gets repetitive in the book, making it a bit predictable despite the many twists in the plot. Best Served Cold is a well written novel, a decent read if you like your fantasy bloody and low on magic, but it was clearly not my cup of tea.

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