Best Served Cold Extract

March 4th, 2009

Proofs of Best Served Cold have slaughtered their guards, escaped from captivity and burst out into the wild, so I daresay we can expect the blogosphere to CATCH FIRE with reviews over the next week or two. In the meantime, for those of you unfortunate (or should that be fortunate) enough not to be an internet sf&f reviewer, I have a little something to whet, and, indeed, wet, your appetites for high-quality hilarious yet extremely violent and morally questionable fantasy fiction.

For the ENTIRE first chapter of Best Served Cold is available HERE, NOW on my website, free of charge, for your READING PLEASURE.

You lucky bastards.

Posted in news by Joe Abercrombie on March 4th, 2009.

15 comments so far

  • Bob Lock says:

    Oh… bloody hell!

    Send me a link to the rest of it now you cruel, utter bastard!

  • marie says:

    Oh man! That was fantastic!

    I want Best Serve Cold, and I want it Now!

    . . . .

    Seriously that was just awesome Joe, reading that chapter really squashed my fears that Best Serve Cold won’t be as good as your First Law trilogy.

    Thanks for letting us read the first chapter; that was so uber-cool of you.

    p.s. Your coolness rating will probably go much higher if you send me the whole book right now. 🙂

  • Susanne says:

    Thaaaank you! Awesome. If I wasn’t a fan already, you’d have had me at “You pompous cock.” On page one. NICE.

    Hey, why not make like that nice Jim Butcher and gift us a chapter a month? Please? To tide us over til publication? 😉

  • Anonymous says:


    Thanks my Lord xD

    How can we thank you for this brilliant books?

  • melmoth says:

    Even if the rest of the book is only half as good, you’re still going to be a Big Number One next year.

    If there’s any justice left in this world.

  • marky says:

    Amazing! I am a lucky Bastard!

  • I will not read it, because with certainty the excerpt will tease me and then I will not have peace until I read the entire novel (it will not be the first time when this will happen to me) :D. But ceratinly I’ll read the novel.

    May I ask if the link to Nemira publishing house has the reason I believe it has for being there 😉
    The Romanian fantasy market will love your books 🙂

  • daft sod says:

    Other fantasy authors would have written half a book leading to that chapter, dressing it up as a climax. The fact that you start your book with that chapter speaks volumes. Thanks a bunch for the extract.

  • Captain Joe says:

    You’re too good to us bastards, Joe.

    Too good by far.

  • Steve Aryan says:

    Gah! I was thinking of waiting for the paperback, now I might have to get the hardback this year. You evil, evil bugger!

  • Svante says:

    Good stuff! I am eagerly awaiting this book.

    However, I noticed a small typo (which more skilled proofreaders than me has probably already noticed).

    When Monza is being strangled, the wire is pulled taught instead of taut.

    Just thought I should mention it.

  • Lisa says:

    I work in a bookshop and received a proof copy of ‘Best Served Cold’. I just wanted to let you know I thought it was AWESOME!

  • Den says:

    Just finished the review copy and I have to say, it really is a great read. I’m glad I read it at home because I found myself sniggering and laughing out loud quite a bit, and doing that on the tube is quite embarrassing.

    Was that a glimmer of an upbeat ending there Mr. Abercrombie?


    Cynical malcontent.

  • Shannon says:

    Awesome. I want the novel so bad, why must i wait so long.

    Just me, or is there a curious trend emerging? Start of the book has someone falling off something very high. Good trend.

  • Anonymous says:

    Reading this yet knowing that the book doesn’t come out for a while yet is like dangling a canteen in front of a man with a mouthful of dust in the midst of the desert and telling him he can only have a small sip. cruel. That said, the first chapter was amazing, tantalizing, etc. etc. Can’t wait for the rest of the book!

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