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...
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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.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1) | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
It’s brutally violent, and the language is savage.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
n addition to excellent characterizations and fascinating world-building, Abercrombie also writes the best fight scenes I have read in ages.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
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.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
The Blade Itself is Joe Abercrombie’s first novel, and it’s a darn fine one at that.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
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.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
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.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
Stylistically the book is well written, there’s no grating prose or stilted dialogue.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
Abercrombie is a skilled writer whose clever turns of phrase are darkly funny.Read Full Review of Blade Itself (First Law 1)
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So so good. The way the arcs all come together in the end is amazing. Just so good.
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