First Review

February 26th, 2009

Be still my beating heart, for the first review of Best Served Cold has slipped onto Her Majesty’s internet, from Rob Grant at Sci-Fi London. But did he love or hate the book? He says, among other things:

“This is deep, dark stuff but it’s a mark of that nice Mr. Abercrombie’s talent that he can wrap such complex themes in the kind of rip-roaring adventure that is so utterly compelling that, from the first page, it is impossible to put down.”

Ooh, that’s nice, I like that. Deep, dark, yet rip-roaring. Anything else?

“the whole is peppered by turns with gut-wrenching violence, nasty, visceral and real and the banter is interspersed with a terrific black humour, the kind that only people for whom dealing out death has become a mundane necessity can really carry off. The pacing throughout is excellent, the language beautifully crafted and, while I guessed the outcome of a couple of the story segments, there’s one hell of good twist right near the end that I defy anybody to have seen coming!”

Consider yourselves defied. So there you go. You are strongly advised to rush out and buy a copy.

In three and a half months.

Or I suppose you could always immediately preorder the very reasonably priced and beautiful hardcover at, or Waterstones.

Just sayin’….

Posted in reviews by Joe Abercrombie on February 26th, 2009.

11 comments so far

  • marky says:

    Podium! Gold!

    I feel sufficiently teased, thank you.

  • Captain Joe says:

    As do I, Marky, as do I.

    Gut-wrenching violence and terrific black humour? That’s what I’m here for.


  • Can’t wait to pick up the book when it comes out Joe – sounds amazing. Thanks for the teaser!

  • David Wagner says:

    How about you sneak us all advance copies, since we’re all such good friends, eh!

  • dezap says:

    oh, that sounds terrible! and i have to wait 3.5 months for it! outrageous! will amazon take blood for a pre-order?

  • Anonymous says:

    Arrgh! There are undeserving types reading this book before I can grab a copy for me! This is unconscionable.

    There is only one thing for it, I shall gather a small group of like-minded literary guerillas and wreak revenge and seek restitution by blood and by sword.

    Right… now where’s my map? Oh bugger, it’s on the cover and I don’t have a copy.


  • Anonymous says:


    I will get a copy from!I don’t pray to god, but if yes, I would pray to Joe Abercrombie!!! Just he can make people happy to read a book!

  • Susanne says:

    Aieeee! That sounds the bomb, thanks for the teaser! I hear Joe Malozzi has an arc as well; looking forward to seeing what he thinks.

    Mostly, though, I’m looking forward to seeing what I think! 3.5 months seem awfully long. Roll on, already, June!

  • mickymanga says:

    Awesome. All the more reason to look forward to Best Served Cold.

    And I’m getting both versions, of course. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Or I suppose you could always immediately preorder the very reasonably priced and beautiful hardcover at, or Waterstones.

    Waiting for a discount. Last year sold Richard Morgan’s The Steel Remains at 9.99€ for a few weeks.

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