The Blade Itself : The First Law Trilogy (Abercrombie)

  • by Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • Series: The First Law Trilogy (Abercrombie)
  • 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and the debut novel from New York Times best seller 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 Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

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What the Critics Say

Exhilarating.... Abercrombie's knack for wit and grit holds your attention throughout, and his eye for character means that there's heart as well as muscle." [SFX (UK)]

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Loved it!

I am always excited yet hesitant to start a new series. This book started off with action which was a nice change of pace from what I normally read. The action carried all the way through to the end. What I enjoyed most though was the characters and the way they were developed. I am having to force myself not to immediately dive into the 2nd book.
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- foxyniki

A rare combination

I burned through this one super quick, which for me is a measure of enjoyment.

It is tempting to draw similarities with Tolkien's LOTR, written for a new millennia, but they are far too different. This is modern writing for a modern audience, with connections to timeless failings of human kind. It is a study in failings and triumphs.

There are anti heroes, dark humour, romance, more questions than answers, but this is far lighter than the other obvious comparison, GOT.

Narration was supurb.

Some may be annoyed that the book ends with everything up in the air, you will need to continue with the series.
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- James Ruddy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio