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Characters featuring in or introduced in Joe Abercrombie's Red Country, a standalone sequel to The First Law series.

Shy South

A young woman with a dark past.

Lamb/ Logen Ninefingers

A cowardly farmhand, Shy's stepfather.

  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Papa Wolf: Ready to rip the heads off of anyone who lays a finger on his adopted children.
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  • Retired Monster: Was formerly known as Logen "the Bloody-Nine" Ninefingers, the bloodiest bastard in the North, and perhaps the whole world.
  • The Dreaded: Tough Northmen (Glama Golden, Cosca's mercenary) shit their pants when they realize who they are up against.
  • The So-Called Coward: A dark take on this. He puts on a cowardly, non-confrontational personality, because if he engages in combat, it tends to bring out a not so nice side of his personality.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: He's Logen Ninefingers/The Bloody Nine from The First Law. While the book can be enjoyed without knowing this, its a Late-Arrival Spoiler that is important to understanding his character.


Nicomo Cosca

A garrulous old mercenary, leader of the Company of the Gracious Hand. Previously featured in The First Law and Best Served Cold.

  • The Alcoholic: Frequently goes on and off the wagon.
  • Lovable Rogue: Subverted. He has the personality, but his actions are anything but lovable.
  • Rogue Protagonist: In his previous appearances, Cosca is a Lovable Rogue who is at least nominally working on the side of the rest of our protagonists. In this installment, however, he's chasing after a big payday, and the protagonists generally find themselves at cross purposes with him.



A cowardly young jack-of-all-trades serving as the lawyer for Cosca's band.

  • Amoral Attorney: Subverted. He is introduced as a financial wheeler-dealer, but is quickly unsettled when Cosca takes on an unethical job from The Inquisition.
  • I Owe You My Life: Is indebted to Cosca because Cosca once rescued him from prison.
  • Renaissance Man: No one ever brings it up, but he's remarkably successful in the various gigs he gets throughout the book. Good priest, beguiling lawyer, expert architect.

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