Quickpaint/character study of the retired killer Lamb (Logen Ninefingers) from Red Country by Joe Abercrombie.
Funny fact: I haven’t read the First Law trilogy yet - I haven’t even known it exists before I snooped around after finishing the book. And I’m so glad I didn’t, because this way I got the full experience of watching Lamb’s character arc through the eyes of Shy, which was fantastic.
Also, I strongly suspect I had the luck to find the most “me” Abercrombie book, which cracks me up. I will definitely try First Law, but… Western-flavored fantasy? A female ex-thief looking for her abducted siblings? A self-effacing cowardly lawyer with a conscience? Underlying theme of hope in an ugly world and a bittersweet happy ending? Realistically bad people and imperfect good people? PoV chapters for the side characters? I don’t think he can top that.