The Blade Itself

The Blade Itself 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 di

  • Title: The Blade Itself
  • Author: Joe Abercrombie
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 cheatiInquisitor 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 difficult .

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    1. I’m going to do something that's a little disrespectful and start this review by talking about another fantasy series that I’ve enjoyed: A Song of Ice and Fire. That series rules. It has everything I’ve wanted in a series since Tolkien but there’s one thing to be said about it, neither good or bad, that is a big part of its impact: it is dark, very very dark. The darkness comes, as it should in all quality fiction, not necessarily from the actual bad things that happen to good people, bu [...]

    2. Anton Chekhov famously said that if an author mentions a gun, it had better go off at some point, a point often attributed to Raymond Chandler (who at least practiced this rule). The same goes for fantasy writers. Fantasy doesn't need to be all blood and whirling blades, but if a fantasy writer straps a broadsword to a character's side, it had better be drawn in anger, at some point.This was one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a while, especially impressive as it's a first novel. It has [...]

    3. I was up until half five yesterday morning reading intensely to finish off this story. I didn't write the review then as it would have been a tired, mumbled mess with little to no eloquence and it wouldn't have included any cool sounding words. Let's see how I get on now after a good nights sleep. Prior to reading this, I had completed Abercrombie's Shattered Sea trilogy and enjoyed it a lot. Where that was classic story focused fantasy with twists aplenty, this is best described as a macabre, d [...]

    4. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsAs I’ve mentioned in other reviews, Joe Abercrombie is a fantasy author who all my real-life friends have raved about for years and insisted that I read. From their proselyting, it seemed that my life would not be complete without sampling Lord Grimdark’s wares. So, in order to save myself from some accursed fate, I read the first two novels in Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series. Unfortunately, grimwhine was not for me. If interested in the “why [...]

    5. Joe Abercrombie certainly knows how to write some disturbingly likable characters. In any other book the protagonists would be the bad guys. Logan Ninefingers is a brutal warrior who goes into insane blood rages where he kills anything, and everything, near him. Yet, weirdly, he is also a wise and sensitive soul. San Dan Glocka is a torturer whose heart is pure malice, yet somehow his attitude toward life boarders on the hilarious. These two are such great characters; they make the series what i [...]

    6. "So, let's cast the characters for our novel, shall we?""Of course, boss, Mr. Abercrombie, sir!""Where is the run-of-a-mill farmboy with a great destination?""I'm afraid he ran of the mill, met a goblin. Now rots in a ditch.""Oh, how unfortunate.""Indeed, boss, indeed.""Let's see. What about the maiden fair in need of rescue from a dragon?""Apparently she ate the dragon. Now she was saying something about a burning sensation in thewelldigesting area. Went to the toilet, never saw her again.""Hm, [...]

    7. I almost put down the book when 3 paragraphs in the first 3 pages began with some version of this line:"Shit," he said.But I managed to slog through because I was told this was a some genre-breaking novel that didn't rely so heavily on typical fantasy clichés and it was supposed to be really dark and gritty. Instead of gritty, it felt kind of like a teenager who swears a lot to try and sound like an adult: really forced and usually out of context. A lot of the writing in general seemed to trip [...]

    8. The Blade Itself will undoubtedly become classic fantasy. I found it engrossing, and one of the best examples of the "darker" epic fantasies, with protagonists lacking in traditional heroic qualities and quests that are less than selfless. I liked the way the story was constructed, primarily following three main characters, with a fourth was added partway through the book. I was fairly certain they would intersect at some point, so part of the interest in the story is seeing how their individual [...]

    9. 4.5/5 StarsI started reading this because a lot of my friends recommend me if I wanted something like Song of Ice & Fire series, this is the closest one, and imo they're right. This book follows the perspective of 3 main anti-heroes, believe me, you'll root for them when you read it. Logen Ninefinger, the Schizophrenia barbarian, Sand dan Glokta, once the best swordsman turned crippled and torturer and Jezal dan Luthar, the narcissistic fencer who wanted nothing more than fame.The book start [...]

    10. On the run from a king he once served, barbarian Logen Ninefingers finds himself in the Union's capital, aligned with Bayaz, a legendary wizard long thought dead. Meanwhile, nobleman Captain Jezal Luthar trains for The Contest, a fencing spectacle, while lusting after Ardee West, sister of one of his comrades. Inquistor Glokta, crippled former swordsman, skulks around in the darkness, torturing the answers he seeks while searching for treason at every turn. What is Bayaz planning? Will Jezal bed [...]

    11. ● Buddy read with the wannabe torturers over at BBB ●DNF at 34%.You! Yes, you there! The person who is reading this review right now! Are you one of the hilarious people who told me I was going LOVE this book? You aren't? It's your lucky day, you should try playing the lottery or something. Now. If you are one of the delirious people who did tell me I was going to LOVE this book…oh man, you are SO doomed.I mean, what the bloody hell??!! How DARE you suicidal people lure me into this by dan [...]

    12. I can certainly say that this book is gritty. So, you start reading it and it pushes your face in mud, sweat and blood. If someone just falls somewhere or rolls down the stairs, you can be sure, it will be shown with all the glory of sticky stuff running down the face with an agonizing squirm. It reminds me of Tolkien or Sapowski in some episodes.But this book is not just a merciless hole covered in darkness and blood. You can find a lot of fun, humor (slight or hard)and that just makes the book [...]

    13. I'll start this review by saying that, currently, I have 197 friends (which is really something, as I doubt there are even 50 people in my real life that I can stand). Out of those 197 friends, 59 of them have either read this book, or have it on their to-read shelf. That's 30%. Pretty much one in three. Numbers don't lie; they can't.So I doubt I'll be introducing the concept of Mr. Abercrombie's genius to anyone. In fact, this would be pretty much the perfect example of "preaching to the choir [...]

    14. It's been a while since I read a fantasy trilogy all the way through, back to back. Joe Abercrombie's The First Law series was too compelling not to finish in a single marathon. The first book, The Blade Itself, introduces a cast of well-developed, complex characters throw together in a world loosely based on medieval Europe. At first, it's not entirely clear what the major story line will be. It's also not clear who the good guys and bad guys are -- kind of like real life. If this sounds like A [...]

    15. 6.0 stars (One of My All Time Favorites). Absolutely outstanding debut novel. Right along side The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss as the best debut Fantasy novels of the last few years. This book is as good as the fantasy genre gets and I can not wait to read the sequel. Finally, IMHO, Glotka is one of the most original and best developed characters in a long time. Highly recommended. Nominee: John A. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel (2008) [...]

    16. Actual rating : 4.5 starsBack when I was in college and had to read a tons of French classics, I considered my dearly fantasy books as my escape, and I used to devour them all, good or bad, whenever I had the opportunity. Sadly, what had to happen finally happened : I grew tired of them, and spent years avoiding them, until a little bastard named Jorg came along in February, and then I thought : FUCK YEAH. There are still fantasy books I can enjoy. The Blade Itself is one of them.If I can't deny [...]

    17. March 2016 Reread done and stars re-awarded. *high-fives AbercrombieThis book sucker punched me. I did not expect this level of awesomeness. I did initially give this 5 stars due to superb characters, but downgraded it after some consideration regarding the plot. I know Lord Grimdark is a very popular author, but I had tried one of his books a few years back and did not care for it as much as this one. It was good, but that was just where it stopped for me.This book though, hit all the right not [...]

    18. Onvan : The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) - Nevisande : Joe Abercrombie - ISBN : 575079797 - ISBN13 : 9780575079793 - Dar 517 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2006

    19. Sale Alert: Kindle Daily Deal on 08Sep17 on for $2.99Buddy read starting 7/25/14 with Athena, Alexa, Kat Stark, Jessica,Jennifer and Eon‘History is littered with dead good men.’Do you like morally ambiguous characters? Do you want to read something where there is no clear ‘all good’ or ‘all bad’ persons, where people and their motivations are a mystery for the most part? If you love fantasies that focus on the characters a little more than the world building then this is totally for [...]

    20. The whole book was great, but the last 7 chapters were f*cking GOLD!!If all grimdark is this funny I need more of it in my life. I laughed, I cried, I shit my pants What more could you ask for??

    21. Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestHilariously, I read THE BLADE ITSELF alongside SUMMER OF THE UNICORN, and while both are fantasy novels, just look at those covers and guess who the targeted audience for each is. Yeah, I thought so. Now imagine THE BLADE ITSELF with a hero (let's go with Bayaz) and a heroine (Ferro?) clad in scanty clothes, miming sexual positions around a sword plunged into the middle of a scenic wood populated by deerd Shanka.This NEEDS to happen!My first encou [...]

    22. It’s been a long time that I’m anticipating to start reading Abercrobie’s books, because they sound very appealing to me. To my surprise I didn’t find it dark nor grim as I thought, there’s lots of good humor and the atmosphere is relatively “calm” without any imminent cataclysm, or a world in the brink of total destruction. The world changes, but it looks like that it would take some time until we’ll witness dramatic changes in the world. As I see it, it’s more *light* fantasy [...]

    23. 1 1/2I had avoided this book for awhile, despite all the good things I'd heard about it, primarily because I was afraid that the "gritty realism" proclaimed about in the book amounted to "bleak and disheartening". I read for entertainment, and I don't read to be depressed about the darker parts of human nature, because I'm quite familiar with them already, quite frankly, and so I saw this book and thought "not for me".But, still, when you see a book recommended by, seemingly, everyone, time and [...]

    24. TLDR part, before review:I recommend to read First Law from Book 1 (The Blade Itself) to Book 3 (Last Argument of Kings) as soon as possible. There are details from Book 1 that still relevant until the end of Book 3. And it is basically one book in three volumes. I perceived some reviewers that only read the first book only rated lower ratings, because the story at the end of Book 1 is not finished.Now, the reviewI praise this low-fantasy series, because the unusual POV characters. Most of the P [...]

    25. The book that made me read it until two hours after midnight, and I had to wake up at five because I had to go to work. Trust me when the book drew you into the story, you certainly will not stop reading. The story is great and just drew me to read it. Even though I was short of time to read, I used every moment of my free time to read it until the end. Writer Joe Abercrombie in this book collected the troupe of characters who are literally not just ordinary. From the very first magician Bayaz w [...]

    26. Northern barbarian Logen Ninefingers tries to stay alive in the wilderness while being pursued by his enemies. When he receives a message that a powerful wizards looks for him, he decides to take a job even without having a clue what the said job is about.In the southern capital of the Union (this is the name of a kingdom) a crippled inquisitor Glokta does his job - a little too enthusiastically. He used to be a dashing military officer, but several years being a prisoner of war made him practic [...]

    27. This is definitely one of those awesome non-typical fantasy novel, there's no knight in shining armor, there's no maniacally laughing villain, there's no battle of good against evil, and I honestly still have no idea what the hell is going on!Some art from the series comic adaptationEven though this book read more like a giant prologue than an actual installment of its own, I loved it to pieces Yes, it was slow at times, yes you feel like nothing much has happened overall, but damn it if those c [...]

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