After reading The First Law Trilogy, of course I was ready for Abercrombie's next book. At first I was thinking, "A standalone?" "Why?" But believe me, this book is huge in scope! I won't spoil anything about it, but this book is very gritty and has some very tough characters. Plus the characters are all unpredictable! The book is about revenge, but on who? There are so many motives and reasons for vengeance in this novel by so many characters, and they all intertwine together nicely. Also, there are a few characters from the First Law series that make appearances! Excellent book on revenge and betrayal! Very David Gemmell! Love action, suspense, surprises, betrayals, and backstabbers? Get this book!!!