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* LargeHam: Cosca, as always. One of the stories in ''Sharp Ends'' is him criticizing Sworbeck's already ''extremely'' hammy account of Glorious Hand falling on a frontier town for ''not being hammy enough.''

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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Shivers shows up at the end, continuing his story arc from ''Literature/BestServedCold'' and ''Literature/TheHeroes.'' He's back to the attitude he had before he lost his eye, trying to be a better man. As his appearance in ''Literature/ALittleHatred'' illustrates, it doesn't last.


* ArmyScout: Sufeen
* BadassGrandpa: Lamb and Savian both

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* ArmyScout: Sufeen
* BadassGrandpa: Lamb and Savian both
Sufeen.


* ArmyScout: Sufeen



* TheBarber: One chapter is described from the point of view of the town's barber, preparing both contestants in a duel.
* TheBartender: A couple of them.
* {{Bandito}}: The Rebels, a sympathetic portrayal



* CitySlicker: Temple comes from Dagoska and has no idea how to survive in the wild.



* MissKitty: The Mayor



* MountainMan: Dab Sweet



* {{Outlaw}}: Grega Cantliss



* ThePioneer: Several in the Fellowship.



* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Cosca's Company of the Gracious Hand are mercenaries, supposedly under the employ of the Inquisition of the Union.

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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Cosca's Company of the Gracious Hand are mercenaries, supposedly under the employ of the Inquisition of the Union.PreacherMan: Temple was once a priest.



* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Cosca's Company of the Gracious Hand are mercenaries, supposedly under the employ of the Inquisition of the Union.
* {{Prospector}}: Quite a few.



* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:Lamb, who is actually the infamous fighter Logen Ninefingers]].

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* {{Rancher}}: The Buckhorms
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:Lamb, who is actually the infamous fighter Logen Ninefingers]]. Ninefingers]].
* RetiredGunfighter: Lamb fits the personality type, with the caveat that [[DisSimile there are no handguns in the setting]].



* RetiredOutlaw: Shy, an unusually young example of a former outlaw gone straight.



* SaloonOwner: Papa Ring, though his headquarters is officially a general store.
* ShopKeeper: The miserly merchant Majud. [[spoiler: Temple ends up becoming this at the end of the story.]]



* WesternCharacters: Lots of them:
** ArmyScout: Sufeen
** TheBarber: One chapter is described from the point of view of the town's barber, preparing both contestants in a duel.
** TheBartender: A couple of them.
** {{Bandito}}: The Rebels, a sympathetic portrayal
** CitySlicker: Temple comes from Dagoska and has no idea how to survive in the wild.
** MissKitty: The Mayor
** MountainMan: Dab Sweet
** {{Outlaw}}: Grega Cantliss
** PreacherMan: Temple was once a priest
** {{Rancher}}: The Buckhorms
** RetiredGunfighter: Lamb fits the personality type, with the caveat that [[DisSimile there are no handguns in the setting]].
** RetiredOutlaw: Shy, an unusually young example of a former outlaw gone straight.
** SaloonOwner: Papa Ring, though his headquarters is officially a general store.
** ShopKeeper: The miserly merchant Majud. [[spoiler: Temple ends up becoming this at the end of the story.]]
** ThePioneer: Several in the Fellowship.
** {{Prospector}}: Quite a few.


After a {{deconstruction}} of HighFantasy with Literature/TheFirstLaw trilogy, a take at a {{swashbuckler}} revenge story set against a backdrop of warring city states with Literature/BestServedCold, and another take at the [[WarIsHell war novel]] genre with Literature/TheHeroes, Red Country is Joe Abercrombie's tentative to crack open and end the [[SamuraiCowboy fantasy western genre]]. The nods, homage, parodies and subversions taking from both samurai films and the westerns they inspired from the split city shown in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' to the CattleDrive, from a desperate [[Film/TheSearchers search for missing loved ones]] to a RetiredGunslinger [[AxeCrazy that cannot change]] are too many to be counted.

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After a {{deconstruction}} of HighFantasy with Literature/TheFirstLaw trilogy, a take at a {{swashbuckler}} revenge story set against a backdrop of warring city states with Literature/BestServedCold, and another take at the [[WarIsHell war novel]] genre with Literature/TheHeroes, Red Country is ''Red Country'' has Joe Abercrombie's tentative to crack open and end delve into the [[SamuraiCowboy fantasy western genre]]. The WeirdWest, where the nods, homage, parodies and subversions taking from both samurai films and the westerns they inspired to famous western tales - from the split city shown in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' to the CattleDrive, from a desperate [[Film/TheSearchers search for missing loved ones]] to a RetiredGunslinger [[AxeCrazy that who cannot change]] are too many to be counted.



As standalone sequel to ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'', it features several previous players from the series, often under different names/nicknames.

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As standalone sequel to ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'', it features several previous players from the series, often under different names/nicknames.
names or nicknames.


* Reliable Traitor: Cosca will betray anyone the moment it will turn him a profit.


* ReliableTraitor: Cosca will betray anyone the moment it will turn him a profit.

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* ReliableTraitor: Reliable Traitor: Cosca will betray anyone the moment it will turn him a profit.


After a {{deconstruction}} of HighFantasy with Literature/TheFirstLaw trilogy, a take at a {{swashbuckler}} revenge story set against a backdrop of warring city states with Literature/BestServedCold, another take at the [[WarIsHell war novel]] genre with Literature/TheHeroes, RedCountry is Joe Abercrombie's tentative to crack open and end the [[SamuraiCowboy fantasy western genre]]. The nods, homage, parodies and subversions taking from both samurai films and the westerns they inspired from the split city shown in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' to the CattleDrive, from a desperate [[Film/TheSearchers search for missing loved ones]] to a RetiredGunslinger [[AxeCrazy that cannot change]] are too many to be counted.

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After a {{deconstruction}} of HighFantasy with Literature/TheFirstLaw trilogy, a take at a {{swashbuckler}} revenge story set against a backdrop of warring city states with Literature/BestServedCold, and another take at the [[WarIsHell war novel]] genre with Literature/TheHeroes, RedCountry Red Country is Joe Abercrombie's tentative to crack open and end the [[SamuraiCowboy fantasy western genre]]. The nods, homage, parodies and subversions taking from both samurai films and the westerns they inspired from the split city shown in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' to the CattleDrive, from a desperate [[Film/TheSearchers search for missing loved ones]] to a RetiredGunslinger [[AxeCrazy that cannot change]] are too many to be counted.


* ThatManIsDead: Lamb and the Mayor are strongly implied to be, respectively, Logen Ninefingers and Carlot dan Eider. However, neither's old name is actually stated at any point, and the Mayor even comments that she'd lost everything, including her name.

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* ThatManIsDead: Lamb and the Mayor are strongly implied to be, respectively, Logen [[spoiler:Logen Ninefingers and Carlot dan Eider.Eider]]. However, neither's old name is actually stated at any point, and the Mayor even comments that she'd lost everything, including her name.


After a {{deconstruction}} of HighFantasy with Literature/TheFirstLaw trilogy, a take at a {{swashbuckler}} revenge story set against a backdrop of warring city states with Literature/BestServedCold, another take at the [[WarIsHell war novel]] genre with Literature/TheHeroes, RedCountry is Joe Abercrombie's tentative to crack open and end the [[SamuraiCowboy fantasy western genre]]. The nods, homage, parodies and subversions taking from both samurai films and the westerns they inspired from the split city shown in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' to the CattleDrive, from a desperate [[TheSearchers search for missing loved ones]] to a RetiredGunslinger [[AxeCrazy that cannot change]] are too many to be counted.

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After a {{deconstruction}} of HighFantasy with Literature/TheFirstLaw trilogy, a take at a {{swashbuckler}} revenge story set against a backdrop of warring city states with Literature/BestServedCold, another take at the [[WarIsHell war novel]] genre with Literature/TheHeroes, RedCountry is Joe Abercrombie's tentative to crack open and end the [[SamuraiCowboy fantasy western genre]]. The nods, homage, parodies and subversions taking from both samurai films and the westerns they inspired from the split city shown in ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' to the CattleDrive, from a desperate [[TheSearchers [[Film/TheSearchers search for missing loved ones]] to a RetiredGunslinger [[AxeCrazy that cannot change]] are too many to be counted.


* PyrricVictory: The Mayor, having beaten Papa Ring, finds herself presiding over a burnt-out ghost town. She's forced to hand Ring's side of town over to Curnsbick's coal operation to prevent Crease from completely vanishing.

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* PyrricVictory: PyrrhicVictory: The Mayor, having beaten Papa Ring, finds herself presiding over a burnt-out ghost town. She's forced to hand Ring's side of town over to Curnsbick's coal operation to prevent Crease from completely vanishing.


* BerserkButton: Don't harm Shy. You'll find out that Lamb isn't ''that'' nice...

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* BerserkButton: Don't harm Shy. You'll find out that Lamb isn't ''that'' nice...nice.



* CaptainObvious: Several characters state the obvious, and it's lampshaded each time. For example, when confronted by armed men with blue tattoos peaking from their collars and sleeves, someone uselessly announces, "It's the rebels!" which provokes an annoyed response.
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted with the Dragon People's dragon, an ancient weapon of great power that is present in a climactic moment of the book. [[spoiler:It's still at least a few years away from actually working, so it just sits dormant as the Dragon People are slaughtered. Cosca's mercenaries flip it over to get at the treasure beneath it]].



* ClockworkCreature: The Dragon People's dragon is implied to be one, given the faint internal clicking sounds it makes. However, it apparently needs some sort of additional power source.



** Temple has become an unscrupulous nonbeliever since his days as a priest, though CharacterDevelopment makes his name more appropriate again.



* PyrricVictory: The Mayor, having beaten Papa Ring, finds herself presiding over a burnt-out ghost town. She's forced to hand Ring's side of town over to Curnsbick's coal operation to prevent Crease from completely vanishing.



* TheSoCalledCoward: Shy grew up thinking of Lamb as cowardly because of his submissive and unambitious attitude. It turns out Lamb ''had'' to act that way, as doing otherwise would cause his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide nasty side]] to come out.



* TheSoCalledCoward: Shy grew up thinking of Lamb as cowardly because of his submissive and unambitious attitude. It turns out Lamb ''had'' to act that way, as doing otherwise would cause his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide nasty side]] to come out.


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* WretchedHive: Crease is a gold mining boom town of vice and gang violence.


* LovableRogue: Cosca was this. In the recent years, he's grown... considerably less lovable.

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* LovableRogue: Cosca was this. In the recent years, is still as witty and AffablyEvil as ever. However, because he's grown... standing in the way of our heroes this time around, he's considerably less lovable.

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* CoolSword: Waerdinur carries a sword made by the Master Maker, just like the one Bayaz gave to Logen. [[spoiler:Lamb takes it after he kills Waerdinur]].


* TookALevelInJerkass:
** Brint, now a General, was introduced in ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' as a lovable UpperClassTwit appears briefly here, and is described as having lost (during the events of ''The Heroes'') "most of his arm and all of his sense of humor" (in addition to having his wife kidnapped and experiencing a presumed FateWorseThanDeath). Brint behaves like a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain when he interacts with Temple, and is sort of the BiggerBad of the novel, since he is in charge of the soldiers, Inquisition Forces, and Cosca's mercenaries, who he tasked with brutally crushing rebels who don't want to be ruled by the Union.
** Cosca, while always self-serving and devious, had some morals in his earlier appearances, and was mostly a LoveableRogue. By this book, he has lost any scruples he had and is well on his way to being pure evil.

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* TookALevelInJerkass:
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TookALevelInJerkass: Brint, now a General, was introduced in ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' as a lovable UpperClassTwit appears briefly here, and is described as having lost (during the events of ''The Heroes'') "most of his arm and all of his sense of humor" (in addition to having his wife kidnapped and experiencing a presumed FateWorseThanDeath). Brint behaves like a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain when he interacts with Temple, and is sort of the BiggerBad of the novel, since he is in charge of the soldiers, Inquisition Forces, and Cosca's mercenaries, who he tasked with brutally crushing rebels who don't want to be ruled by the Union.
** Cosca, while always self-serving and devious, had some morals in his earlier appearances, and was mostly a LoveableRogue. By this book, he has lost any scruples he had and is well on his way to being pure evil.
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