I was looking for a new series to read and stumbled on to this one. Wow! As a GRRM, Robert Jordan and Steven Erikson fan, I have high expectations and Joe Abercrombie earned a place on my favs list. My only complaint is that that are only 6 books to enjoy…I hope there are more coming. The writing is gritty, realistic, and witty…what more can you ask for? Additionally, the narrator is incredible. Yes, they were forced to use a different one in 2 of the last 3 books, but give him a chance…he is almost as good once you get over the initial disappointment of a new narrator. I highly recommend these books!
The narrator is fantastic and I listen to a lot of audio books and his range of voices is truly amazing
Logan 9 fingers. Just a very interesting character and very likeable.
Hard to say.
THe book started out a bit disturbing but it then became extremely interesting. Keep through it and you will find that you are excited to go on to the next book in the series.
After reading so many reviews about how great this series is I thought I would give it a chance. I really wanted to like it. However, it just seemed like a never ending story going really nowhere. I will not continue with the series.
I would certainly recommend this story as a story of flawed anti-heros. Something we could all relate to (the flawed part more than the hero).
Joe Abercrombie's dark fantasy world is compelling. The characters are excellent where none of them are your typical heroes, yet despite any evil they do you still want them to come out on top. The style of writing from different viewpoints gives a great insight into the story and the characters mind and development.
Steven Pacey's performance is excellent, his voices are brilliant and the pace and style of his reading is impeccable, one of the best narrators I have come across.
I would recommend this story and audiobook to all fantasy fans.
I have listen to the whole series twice through.
There is so much to like here it is hard to pick one. Every character excellent. Rich dark characters all with various faults. I also love how Abercrombie injects humor into the most tense situations. This is dark fantasy, the world Abercrombie creates is very violent.
Steven Pacey did a good job bringing the characters to life but a note to whoever produces these things. STOP putting in music and sounds effects. There isn't much of it in these book more just some mood music during the start of chapters but I think I speak for all when I say it unneeded and unwanted. Just let the guy tell the story. If you have the right guy and as I said Pacey is excellent, you don't need sound effects.
I was blown away by this series. Abercrombie has created these characters that I've had arguments with friends about: Is Glokta evil? What's the importance of Ardie West? How significant is speaking with spirits? I deeply cared what happened to all of these people, and I sped through all three books, amazed to see how things fell out. I guarantee you you won't expect the end of Book 3.
Steven Pacey's performance is the fourth wall of this magnificent edifice, though. I could tell you which character was speaking without any clues from the text, his feel for voice is so good. When I finished this series, I went looking for more Abercrombie books; I also went looking for more narration by Pacey. He's amazingly good.
There's nothing not to like here: it's a fantastic story, compellingly told and perfectly read.
The book is an introduction to the characters and settings for the first law series. The book is well written, the characters interesting but there are no "goal" in the plot. Alone, The blade itself, is therefore not the best read.
One of the characters. Inquisitor Glokte. And the dark humor.
Very good. Especially his voice of Logan and Glokte. Female voices not so good.
Yes. I've brought the second book in the series.
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The Blade Itself is dark, melodramatic, and a great deal of fun. This is not your typical epic, go on a quest and save the world kind of fantasy. Instead we are thrust into a world of morally ambiguous anti-heroes – a disfigured torturer, an arrogant nobleman, and an infamous warrior with a checkered past who all cross paths and eventually find their fates align in the shadow of an impending war. There is intrigue, drama, a great deal of action, lots of twisted humor, and plenty to enjoy in this first entry of Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy. Steven Pacey is one of the top two or three fantasy narrators working today. This is an audiobook series that no true fantasy fan should be without. Even if you've read the series (as I have), get the audiobook and read it again.