I just posted this book review of Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country on Amazon:
I “read” the audiobook from Audible. It blew me away. I like all of Abercrombie’s books, yet I’m tempted to say this is the best one yet (maybe tied with The Heroes). There is no single wasted word. The characters are vivid, the story riveting from beginning to end. The character’s fates are masterfully intertwined in remarkable ways. The story is set in the same world as Abercrombie’s previous books, and some old characters return. There is tragedy, comedy, and farce. While knowing Abercrombie’s earlier books is not strictly necessary for enjoying this one, it seems recommendable to read them first.
The speaker Steven Pacey does an incredible job lending a unique and memorable voice to every main character, of which there are many.
I’m fairly sure this is one of the few books I will read a second time.