The action, for the most part, takes place in or regards people from the central realm the Union. The Union is beset upon on all sides by savages from the North , the mighty Gurkish Empire to the south, mercenary bands from the continent of Styria to the east, and the machinations of the crumbling Old Empire in the west. The Union appears to be maneuvered into a state of near-perpetual war by an uncompromisingly proud foreign policy, while the dysfunctional government, nobles and merchants fight amongst themselves.
This is a world filled with bad people who do the right thing, good people who do the wrong thing, stupid people who do the stupid thing and, well, pretty much any combination of those. Survival is no mean feat, and at the end of the day, dumb luck might be more of an asset than any amount of planning, skill, or noble intention.
Each is drawn in the plan of Bayaz , a wizard from an older time, to save the world. The series is followed by the standalone novel Best Served Cold , roughly three years after the trilogy. It is set in Styria and follows mercenary Monza Murcatto 's plan to exact vengeance on those who have betrayed her. The next book is The Heroes , about seven years after events of the trilogy itself. It tells the story of the war between Union and the North, or, more precisely, the decisive battle between the sides, which lasts three days.
Published a book you want to tell us about? Free preview. Cancel Save. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, hig They ride off on the three kidnappers' horses, but a man from the tavern catches up to them and introduces himself as Dab Sweet , the renowned scout, and offers the three of them a position in the travelling Fellowship he is paid to guide to Crease.
Finally, Red Country is set about thirteen years after the First Law trilogy. The back story begins thousands of years before the action in the books, with the rise of half-human, half- demon Euz. He rose up against the demons and banished them to the Other Side , thus allowing humans to flourish. Afterward, he granted gifts to his three eldest sons — the three pure disciplines of magic — and then left them, telling his sons to bring order to the world. To Juvens he granted High Art , the ability to manipulate of the laws of physics through magic.
To Kanedias he granted Making, the ability to craft artifacts, To Bedesh he granted the ability to speak with spirits. Finally, Glustrod received no gifts from his father apart from his blessings. While Kanedias and Bedesh used their gifts in isolation, Juvens used his to shape the greatest civilisation in the Circle of the World, the Old Empire.
He also gathered twelve apprentices and taught them the High Art — the Order of the Magi. However, Juvens' younger brother Glustrod became envious of his achievements. He studied forbidden magic and made contact with demons from the Other Side. They helped him find the Seed , and gathered an army demon-bloods. The war that followed destroyed both the Old Empire and Glustrod himself.
Some years later, a conflict arose between Juvens and his bother Kanedias over one of his apprentices, Bayaz. The brothers fought, and Juvens was killed. Swearing vengeance, Bayaz gathered the Magi from across the world and made war on Kanedias; all except Khalul who refused. The war ended with the death of Kanedias. Steven Pacey is an English actor, best known for his role as Del Tarrant in the sci-fi series Blake's 7, and a audiobook narrator.
Only the first four chapters were published. Joined Nov 23, Messages 22, Location Highlands. However, the First Law standalone novels can offer a good taster for someone looking to sample Abercrombie's epic fantasy, without investing in a full epic trilogy. Best Served Cold is brutal revenge thriller that I'd personally recommend as the best standalone to pick up - it offers a good taster for Abercrombie's character-building and pacing.
Red Country is best not read unless you're familiar with both the original First Law trilogy and Best Served Cold , as it concludes character arcs originally set up in these. It goes without saying that if you do pick up one of the technologies, then it's best to start with the first book in that series!
The Shattered Sea trilogy has nothing to do with any of the First Law world books, instead targeted specifically at the Young Adult fiction market, rather than mature fantasy readers. Personally I've really enjoyed it so far, but some Abercrombie fans find these a bit too light by comparison to the First Law books. Pedro Del Mar I am content. Thanks Brian, good synopsis. If, like me, you're an Abercrombie fan then you'll be pleased to know he's signed up to write 3 more novels in the First Law world.
Editorial Reviews. Review. "Terrific fight scenes, compelling characters (some familiar, some Book 3 of 3 in First Law World (3 Book Series). Buy Red Country (World of the First Law) by Joe Abercrombie from Amazon's Fiction Books Store. Everyday Book 3 of 3 in the World Of The First Law Series .
Heard it right from the horses mouth at a signing event last year. SilentRoamer Well-Known Member.
Joined May 5, Messages 1, Just what I was looking for. I generally always read in chronologically published order and ignore internal story chronology. Looks like I can do that here and that will be the best reading experience anyway. Think I'll start Best Served Cold tonight. Joined Feb 24, Messages But the other two are also very good.
Want to highly recommend the audiobook version of all of the First Law books, as the narration is by far the best I've ever heard. The Big Peat Darth Buddha.
Joined Apr 9, Messages 2, Just popping in to say I am super happy for anyone reading Best Served Cold. Super fun! Joined Nov 19, Messages 1, I'm pretty new to his stuff. Halfway through "Before they are hanged" and enjoying it. Ok - First Law Trilogy done. Loved it. And loved the ending Just downloaded Best Served Cold. Best served cold was great. As was Red Country.