From New York Times bestselling author, Joe Abercrombie, comes a collection of award-winning short fiction set in the world of the First Law.
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.
the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to
catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness
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...
Sharp Ends combines
previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short
stories. 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.
- A Beautiful Bastard: The Union army may be full of
bastards, but there’s only one big enough to think he can save the day
single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel
Sand dan Glokta.
- Made a Monster: 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.
- Small Kindnesses: The hopes of Shevedieh, the best
thief in Westport, to turn her back on crime, come crashing down when
she finds a huge drunkard sleeping in her doorway. Doing the right thing
always comes at a price...
- The Fool Jobs: Curnden Craw has been sent with his
dozen to recover a thing from beyond the Crinna. One small problem. No
one seems to know what the thing is.
- Skipping Town: Shevedieh and Javre, ill-matched adventurers, find themselves forced to flee yet another self-made disaster.
- Hell: ‘I have seen hell, and it is a great city under siege.’ The fall of Dagoska through the eyes of a young acolyte.
- Two’s Company: Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp, runs into
Cracknut Whirrun on a bridge over a remote canyon. Can Shevedieh
persuade either of these proud heroes to step aside?
- Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Three not entirely innocent bystanders are sucked into the chaos of Monzcarro Murcatto’s vengeance.
- Some Desperado: There is no honour among thieves when the outlaw Smoke finds herself being hunted down by her own comrades.
- Yesterday, Near a Village Called Barden: Royal Observer Bremer dan Gorst reports to the king on another ugly little skirmish as summer dies in the North.
- Three’s a Crowd: It’s a foolish man who steals from
the best thief in Styria, and when Horald the Finger steals her lover,
it’s time for Shevedieh to stop running and start fighting. For those
who work in the shadows, though, few things are ever quite as they seem...
- Freedom: Being an absolutely true account of the
liberation of the town of Averstock from the grip of the incorrigible
rebel menace by the famous Nicomo Cosca.
- Tough Times all Over: All Carcolf wants is to take
her package from here to there, but in the city of fogs and whispers,
there are always a dozen other rogues with their own ideas.