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The Blade Itself

by Joe Abercrombie

4 avg rating
Book 8 of 442 in the Best Fantasy Books
4747 votes 5 comments
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 Glotka 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 Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

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5 comments
Anonymous | 2012-12-07 05:54:31
Brutally brilliant, epic and even funny in places, the first law series shows readers a consistently gritty world with characters that grow on you in their relationships to one another.
Anonymous | 2013-11-20 09:43:45
Very well written. Fairly gripping plot. Predictable in some places. Very gritty, particularly near the end. Also near the end, the book series starts falling apart a little (it starts feeling rushed).
Anonymous | 2014-08-08 06:53:04
I was entertained but I can't say that I liked this series. Once I had the theme of the books in mind it became very predictable. When I was done I was left with my guts squirming.
Anonymous | 2015-12-29 05:16:14
I loved the series and wish there were more but have to agree with rushed comment above a bit
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