Subterranean Press are releasing a limited edition of Joe Abercrombie’s first standalone novel Best Served Cold – http://www.subterraneanpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=abercrombie04&Category_Code=B&Product_Count=1 – and yesterday the cover art was released.

Surely a thing of beauty, featuring the central figure of Monza Murcatto – The Snake of Talins.

Springtime in Styria. And that means war.

There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

War may be hell, but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso’s employ, it’s a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular —a shade too popular for her employer’s taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto’s reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.

Her allies include Styria’s least reliable drunkard, Styria’s most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a barbarian who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that’s all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…

Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.

Subterranean Press plan to release the book in the Autumn.

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