The Blade Itself

First Law (Book 1)

Joe Abercrombie
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The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller, 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.


Logen opened his eyes a crack. Light, blurry bright through leaves. This was death? Then why did it hurt so much? His whole left side was throbbing. He tried to take a proper breath, choked, coughed u...

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Loved It

Great characters and worldbuilding.

3/25/2023 2:23:32 PM
Liked It

Nice and dark but a bit tedious

1/8/2023 4:48:08 PM
Loved It
grimdark fantasy

I was unable to put it down. Extremely dark and mature fantasy. All of the characters are fascinating and realistic. I'm dying to get my hands on the next book in the trilogy.

10/31/2022 6:13:08 AM
Liked It
good read

Extremely satisfying. Subtly twists standard fantasy conventions in interesting ways. There's nothing profound about this work, simply enjoyable diversion.

10/28/2022 6:40:48 PM
Liked It
character development

Wonderful, enduring personalities. Stunningly cynical wit. The story and world building were just average.

10/31/2022 2:09:28 PM
Loved It

The battle scenes are written with cinematic clarity. The characters in the broard range are complex, engaging, and believable.

10/31/2022 12:35:27 AM

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