I've loved every one of Joe Abercrombie's books. He always has a decently large cast of scoundrels, ordinary folks, and just plain dangerous individuals. Of course, there was a hefty dose of graphic violence. Lots of atmosphere, and enough hardship for a thousand people. There's humor though, and dark though it is, it's still funny and clever.
If I have any criticisms it would be that sometimes people seem to have catch phrases that appear a bit too often to be believed. Just how many times do you have to "hear", "You've got to be realistic."?
It was nice that a few old friends from previous works were present, and one of them may have even grown a bit as a person.
Overall, I think I liked "The Heroes" better, there was more intrigue, military conflict, and distinct groups throughout that story. "Red Country" is by no means a weak novel, I just think the previous works suited my tastes better.