Joe is by far my favourite author. I've been searching , but no-one else really compares. Once you get past the first few chapters of your first Abercrombie book and become use to his slightly different and raw writing style, you'll be hooked. Each series or standalone book is based on a historical theme. This one is similar to the 1800s industrial revolution. The rise of steam power removes the jobs of skilled wool weavers and spinners. It causes poverty and gives rise to rebellion. In the background the north (similar to the Highlanders) is invading the south (similar to England). As expected - gruesome battles, torture and death; but with wit, humour and wisdom He's the best at that. An awesome book. I can't wait for the second in the series.