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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 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:
**
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.
Union.


** Cosca, who is still very friendly and humorous. His smile is said to radiate good humor and intentions in spite of being an proud opportunist of the highest order.

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** Cosca, who is still very as friendly and humorous.humorous as ever. His smile is said to radiate good humor and intentions in spite of being an proud opportunist of the highest order.



* CallBack: There are a few references to previous events:
** When Temple describes how he fell into a river, Lamb says he knows what that's like. ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' begins and ends with him falling into a river.
** Lamb recalls sitting on a throne and having his friend steal it from him, recalling [[spoiler:when Black Dow betrays Logen and takes Scarling's throne]].
** Cosca says that Temple could be a better captain than even Murcatto, the protagonist of ''Literature/BestServedCold''.



* {{Expy}}: Sworbreck is clearly a fantasy version of W. W. Beauchamp from ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': both are nebbishy authors of tall tales who follow around a living legend to document the real story and find that the wild frontier is a lot less romantic than they'd expected.

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* {{Expy}}: Sworbreck is clearly a fantasy version of W. W. Beauchamp from ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': both are nebbishy authors of pulpy tall tales who follow around a living legend to document the real story and only to find that the wild frontier is a lot less romantic than they'd expected.



* ImpliedDeathThreat: When Sweet asks for his share of the booty from Cosca's coffers, it inspires Grega Cantliss to demand his own share. Cosca has Friendly execute Grega on the spot, then innocently asks whether Sweet would like to continue their conversation about ''his'' share. Sweet backs down.
* InjunCountry: The Far Country is still home to the Ghosts, a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Native Americans with some Celtish flavor. They attack settlers to their lands, but are fighting a losing battle.



* KnightTemplar: Inquisitor Lorsen. His eyes shine with the zeal he has for stomping out all resistance to the Union. He butts heads with Cosca, who is employed for this purpose but is only interested in money.



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Sufeen insists on giving the people of Averstock a chance to surrender before the Gracious Hand attacks. They attack while Sufeen is still trying to establish a dialogue, and the locals kill him.



* OneLastJob: Veteran fighter Glama decides that his duel with Lamb will be his last fight, as he will be able to live comfortably off of his pay. [[spoiler: Once he realizes the true identity of his opponent, he knows it will be his last fight for a different reason]].

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* OneLastJob: Veteran fighter Glama Golden decides that his duel with Lamb will be his last fight, as he will be able to live comfortably off of his pay. [[spoiler: Once he realizes the true identity of his opponent, he knows it will be his last fight for a different reason]].



* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Cosca's Company of the Gracious Hand.

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



* TheRainman: Friendly.
* Reliable Traitor: Cosca

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* TheRainman: Friendly.
Friendly is still an excellent accountant and knife fighter.
* Reliable Traitor: CoscaReliableTraitor: Cosca will betray anyone the moment it will turn him a profit.


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* TokenGoodTeammate: Sufeen is the only mercenary with a conscience in the Company of the Gracious Hand. His idealism has an influence on Temple.


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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When Grega Cantliss demands a share of the booty he helped lead the Company of the Gracious Hand to, Cosco immediately orders Friendly to kill him. Cosco then [[ImpliedDeathThreat innocently asks]] whether Sweet would like to continue inquiring about his own share.


* AffablyEvil:
** Both Papa Ring and the Mayor are very friendly in spite of being ruthless crime lords. Shy notes how the Mayor puts her at ease. Papa Ring has a much more unwholesome feel, but he's still persistently polite in conversation.
** Cosca, who is still very friendly and humorous. His smile is said to radiate good humor and intentions in spite of being an proud opportunist of the highest order.



* ChekhovsSkill: Temple's previous professions include priest, architect and butcher. He uses all three skills in the course of the story.



* CynicismCatalyst: Temple started out as a student and surrogate son of the benevolent preacher Kahdia in Dagoska, but after [[TraumaCongaLIne his mentor was killed and his hometown destroyed, followed shortly by his wife dying]], [[FaithHeelTurn he lost his faith and some of his morals]]. [[spoiler: He eventually [[HeelFaithTurn regains them]]]].

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* CynicismCatalyst: Temple started out as a student and surrogate son of the benevolent preacher Kahdia in Dagoska, but after [[TraumaCongaLIne his mentor was killed and his hometown destroyed, followed shortly by his wife dying]], [[FaithHeelTurn he lost his faith and some of his morals]]. [[spoiler: He eventually [[HeelFaithTurn regains them]]]].them]].



* {{Expy}}: Sworbreck is clearly a fantasy version of W. W. Beauchamp from ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': both are nebbishy authors of tall tales who follow around a living legend to document the real story and find that the wild frontier is a lot less romantic than they'd expected.



* FieryRedhead: Shy South

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* FieryRedhead: Shy SouthSouth has red hair and a bold personality.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Bloody Nine.



** Friendly is still not friendly, though he's not mean either.



** BountyHunter: Caul Shivers formaly takes this role, even if not pursuing an actual bounty.
** CitySlicker: Temple, of the Tenderfoot variety. Also a former PreacherMan and roughly equivalent to a SnakeOilSalesman in terms of personality.

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** BountyHunter: Caul Shivers formaly takes this role, even if not pursuing an actual bounty.
** CitySlicker: Temple, of Temple comes from Dagoska and has no idea how to survive in the Tenderfoot variety. Also a former PreacherMan and roughly equivalent to a SnakeOilSalesman in terms of personality.wild.



** PreacherMan: Temple was once a priest



** SaloonOwner: Papa Ring.

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** SaloonOwner: Papa Ring.Ring, though his headquarters is officially a general store.


* XMeetsY: The entire novel is one, being DarkFantasy meets [[TheWildWest Western]].
** The Ghosts are another example, and seem to be a combination of the savagest parts of the mid-19th century Native American tribes and Saxon hordes.

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* VillainousValor: Sworbreck came to the Far Country to find heroism and courage, only to find both to be in short supply there. When he witnesses Shivers sitting in a restaurant, holding a mercenary officer (who has several hundred men outside) hostage with one hand while calming finishing his breakfast with the other, he notes that while he has yet to see any heroism, he's at least found some undeniable courage.

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