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The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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 Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.
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- ASIN : B00TOT9LDK
- Publisher : Orbit; Reprint edition (September 8, 2015)
- Publication date : September 8, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1261 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 536 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,898 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And yet, to rely too heavily on that comparison is to miss out on all the ways in which The Blade Itself absolutely soars and stands on its own two feet. Over the course of this first novel of The First Law trilogy, Abercrombie sets up a fascinating world, but more than that, he dives deeply into their psyches, giving us a sense of these broken people. Our three main characters – Logen Ninefingers, Sand dan Glokta, Jezal dan Luthar – Abercrombie brings them to rich, detailed life, letting us see their scars, their psychic baggage, their complex motivations. But more than that, rather than embracing the nihilism and selfishness of the men, Abercrombie pushes them farther than that, finding an inner core of decency. It may be small, it may be only a piece of their cruelty or motivations, but it’s there. And that alone makes The First Law stand apart from Martin’s bleak, hopeless world where nothing – and no one – good can last.
More than that, though, Abercrombie brings a sometimes dry, sometimes dark, but sometimes genuinely funny sense of humor to the story, allowing his characters to be more than just another grim, broken-down soul. That’s maybe most true of Bayaz, the wizard figure around whom much of the book orbits. Bayaz is no one’s idea of a typical wizard, and that jarring inability to fit expectations pays off wonderfully again and again in the book, as Bayaz demonstrates both his ability and his willingness to use them as he sees fit. In other words, it’s all of Martin’s knack for turning the genre on its head, but done with a little more heart, a bit more humor, and every bit the imagination and talent.
If there’s a knock on The Blade Itself, it’s the sense that it’s an intentionally shapeless story at times, one where the lack of predictability makes it hard to make sense of at times. Is this the story of an impending war between the nations? Are the Flatheads a sort of White Walker analog – a monstrous “other” that lurks nearby? How does Ferro and her story tie in with everything going on around Adua? It’s hard to tell until near the end of the book, and even then, it’s a bit hard to get a sense of the bigger picture and how this will come together. But given how engaging, deep, and complex the characters are, how fascinating the world is, and how deep and layered the story is, I’m okay with that. I’m on board to see how this all fits together, and to see what else Abercrombie has going
The storytelling seems to me to be a mix of Robert Jordan, David Farland, and maybe a touch of George RR Martin (although that could be because I just read a bunch of his books before this). Don't get me wrong, the storytelling is original and the author has his own voice. Just trying to give you a sense of what to expect. The story is well written and very much a page-turner.
If you're like me you probably won't trust this review, but hopefully you'll give it a read anyway because it's definitely worth it.
This book wasn't bad at all, but wasn't the best either. I'm interested in seeing where it's going due to that spectacular ending!
My problems weren't grammatical, it was the actual story. Literally, for 60% of the book, you have just been introduced to tons of characters and they are just doing normal, everyday stuff.
At about 50% in, I was thinking, "What in the hell is the actual STORY???"...these people are just doing things. Then the last 35% of the book, it got really good and had some brutal action.
And it did end on a note, that definitely sets up immediately book 2. And I finally knew the characters and what was going on.
It was interesting enough to me, to definitely want to finish the trilogy. And I believe after I get the whole story, I have a feeling that this could be, possibly, a 4-star trilogy.
... don't let me down book 2!!!
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I say might because the real appeal of the book is the characters and not a one of them has much in the way of positive virtues. Whether a man or woman they are often dark violent cruel unhinged stupid driven and indifferent. Sometimes all of the above. Joe Abercrombie's skill is to make them compelling, and by wrapping them in the folds of dark humour that pervade the story you cannot fail to love them. Maybe.
This is an epic that twists and turns, rushes up on you, twists you around and leaves you breathless. It's smart, horrific, endlessly inventive and cinematic in its vision. I absolutely loved it.
Joe Abercrombie is a stone cold genius.
The plot has loads of twists and turns with characters that are wonderfully capable, dangerously incompetent, and where we see unlikely heroes and unseen traitors. The characters are developed throughout, with this book focused on the history that has led the nations and characters to this place, at this time, and with these ambitions. The storyline delivers through multiple threads each with their own set of characters. The narration doesn’t shy away from the brutality of conflict and torture but I wouldn’t say gratuitously. Battles must be fought and Logan Ninefingers will be at the heart of it. Traitors must be found and Glokta the inquisitor will hunt them. Bayaz the First of the Magi knows what’s at stake and must stop it.
His in-depth character development and world building is just incredible. He paints a perfect picture for every scene. The book offers some hilariously dark humour and switches between some very entertaining characters, all of which I loved.
This book was the beginning of many Joe Abercrombie books that I've read over the last few months. I've read The First Law trilogy, Shattered Sea trilogy, and now I'm reading his stand alone books which are set in the First Law world. I can get enough of his books, all absolutely incredible.