Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
(First Law 1)

80%

10 Critic Reviews

The Blade Itself is an entertaining debut by a talented new author.
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Synopsis

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.

Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all - ideally by running away from it. But as he's discovering, old habits die really, really hard indeed...

...especially when Bayaz gets involved. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glotka, Jezal and Logen a whole lot more difficult...

 

About Joe Abercrombie

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Joe Abercrombie—a 2008 John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award Nominee—was born in Lancaster, England on the last day of 1974. He studied psychology at Manchester University, and for the last ten years he has worked in London as a freelance film editor, cutting documentaries and concerts for bands from Coldplay to Iron Maiden. He lives with his wife, Lou, and his daughter, Grace. In his spare time he writes edgy fantasy novels. He is the author of The Blade Itself—The First Law: Book One. Visit Joe Abercrombie online at www.joeabercrombie.com.
 
Published May 4, 2006 by Gollancz. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, War, Romance. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Aug 06 2007

The workmanlike plot, marred by repetitive writing and an excess of torture and pain, is given over to introducing the mostly unlikable characters, only to send them off on separate paths in preparation for the next volume's adventures.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jan 02 2008

The Blade Itself is an entertaining debut by a talented new author.

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Pajiba

Above average

It’s brutally violent, and the language is savage.

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SF Site

Excellent

n addition to excellent characterizations and fascinating world-building, Abercrombie also writes the best fight scenes I have read in ages.

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SFFWorld.com

Excellent
on Oct 02 2007

He writes so well and his story is so infectious it is difficult to stop reading and even thinking about the layers of his story and world.

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SF Signal

Good
on Nov 16 2007

The Blade Itself is Joe Abercrombie’s first novel, and it’s a darn fine one at that.

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Fiction Reviews

Above average
on Jun 05 2010

While this novel was not entirely to my taste, it is ideal for anyone wishing to read a darker than usual fantasy or someone who is looking for something just a little bit different from the usual sword and sorcery.

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Excellent

t’s hard to say too much without giving things away, but suffice to say this novel is a must-read for any fan of modern Fantasy.

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Good

Stylistically the book is well written, there’s no grating prose or stilted dialogue.

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Grasping For The Wind

Good
on Sep 16 2007

Abercrombie is a skilled writer whose clever turns of phrase are darkly funny.

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Chris Amal 13 Mar 2015

So so good. The way the arcs all come together in the end is amazing. Just so good.

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