The Blade Itself by Joe AbercrombieThe Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself

byJoe Abercrombie

Paperback | September 8, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 90 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut novel fromNew York Timesbestseller, Joe Abercrombie.

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian -- leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. 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 Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood.

Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters,The Blade Itselfis noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

Novels in the First Law world
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country
Joe Abercrombie is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofRed Countryand the First Law trilogy:The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged,andLast Argument of Kings. He is a full time writer, and occasional freelance film editor, who lives in Bath, England with his wife and three children.
Title:The Blade ItselfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316387312

ISBN - 13:9780316387316

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Loved the writing, the characters, the story. Funny, melancholy, tragic, exciting. It's a great read. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I'm a little over 10 years late to this party, but I'm delighted to have joined at last! This is a solid fantasy novel with excellent world building and characters that are flat out awful people that you can't help but like anyways. It is a great set up for a series and I look forward to reading more by Joe Abercrombie. At least I don't have to wait for the rest of the series to be written and I can just keep reading :)
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First installment of a stellar trilogy The First Law Trilogy boasts a great cast of characters, some of which are standouts in fantasy literature. The Blade Itself does its job of introducing them all and puts the pieces in place for the larger story to come in books II & III. It's an engaging read and highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE Abercrombie! This book had some structural flaws but it was all made up by how awesome and unique the characters were. It is a debut novel so give it a chance, but its veyr much worth reading.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Characters I enjoyed the sarcastic humour, dark and gritty tone and unusual band of characters. This made for a quick paced read. The plot and world-building could have used a bit more detail, but I think that'll take place in the novels to come. This has the potential to be an amazing series. Looking forward to Before They Are Hanged.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good first try While there is nothing inherently wrong with this series, I could not relate to it. It just wasn't what I was looking for maybe? I had gone into this series just having finished reading Patrick Rothfuss and before that, Scott Lynch. So the characters, world and plot were a bit loose by comparison. Maybe I am being too hard on Abercrombie, I don't know. If you like gratuitous violence, non stop action but with poor story telling and world building, give it a whirl. On par with David Eddings (without the humour).
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beatutiful Story That was good. A few slow spots, but it ended with a bang.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fantasy This book didn't blow me away. There's an Abercrombie book that I'm going to love but, unfortunately, I haven't found it yet.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book That was good. A few slow spots, but it ended with a bang
Date published: 2016-11-19

Editorial Reviews

"Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else."-Guardian (UK)