Author: Joe Abercrombie
Genre: Grimdark Fantasy
Series: First Law Standalone
(Spoilers for the First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold, and The Heroes are below).
Shy South has escaped her past, and settled as a merchant. But when war with the Union comes to her land, and her younger brother and sister are taken, she must set out after them. Accompanying her is her coward of a stepfather Lamb, a nine fingered Northman with a secret past of his own. For Temple, a lawyer now serving under infamous soldier of fortune Nicomo Cosca, he desires to live an honest life, but that's not to be found as a mercenary.