This week’s novel was Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie. Sharp Ends is a collection of short stories that are set in the world of the First Law Trilogy and it’s standalones.
Joe Abercrombie is my personal favourite author and the First Law Trilogy is my favourite all time series. In fact, those books were what originally made me want to start writing fantasy. I harbour a deep love for the trilogy and the standalones, and all the characters that live inside the world.
So if you were looking for an unbiased review you probably came to the wrong place for this one.
Sharp Ends jumps around the well worn world of the First Law books, jumping all around it time. Some stories give the reader alternative viewpoints of events that are shown in the books, while others provide completely new tales.
However, all the stories feel familiar and well fitted in the world that Abercrombie has already established. The characters are particularly memorable, though some are only with the reader for a short time.
My favourite part though was seeing certain characters before we meet them in the original books, most specifically Logan and Glokta. Though there was a smattering of familiar faces, all of which were enjoyable to meet again.
The writing is typical Abercrombie, his masterful use of repetition out in full force throughout. In fact, I would say that some of my favourite of his writing takes place within these stories.
Overall, I felt that Sharp Ends could be read by someone with no knowledge of past works and they would find it extremely enjoyable. However, this book is likely best enjoyed by readers who have at least some familiarity with the novels that came before. I found that it scratched my First Law itch as well as adding even more depth to the world which Abercrombie has created.