The Blade Itself by Joe AbercrombieThe Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself

byJoe Abercrombie

Paperback | March 8, 2007

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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 The Author

Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings). His standalone novels (Best Served Cold, The Heroes and Red Country) are also set in the First Law world.His novels have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Awards, John W. Campbell Aw...
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Title:The Blade ItselfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:March 8, 2007Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0575079797

ISBN - 13:9780575079793

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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

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I might not end up marrying this book, but I'm certainly infatuated with it right at the moment. It's delicious, the characters sharply drawn and their motivations believable, the clash of cultures (always particularly difficult for an author to pull off) believable as well.-Lilith Saintcrow