I got bored halfway through the book when nothing significant had happened yet and only 1 character had shown any development at all. It seems like it might get good... eventually.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Continuing my foray into contemporary fantasy I found this book to have nearly the same feel as that of The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan. This is not the High Fantasy of Tolkein populated with noble races of Men and Elves, filled with grandiloquent speech or even, a quest to save the world, but a modern take on a low-tech world populated by mercenary soldiers, noble dolts and snappy dialog. To me that is the hallmark of contemporary fantasy. I must say that I most liked Inquisitor Glokta best of all the characters. The unspoken dialog that runs in his head just before he speaks is quite cynical and so well suited to his character that he becomes likeable despite his loathsome appearance as described I the novel. This book has other fine characters. Another is that of Logan, the Bloody Nine, a barbarian from the north: brutal in combat, but subtle in the art of leadership. As a first book, this one does everything right: Characters get introduced. We get to know the main political players. And it manages to do it all in an entertaining fashion. I don’t expect the series to plumb the depths of the human psyche, but even that potential is there.
Stephen Pacey is fantastic in this book. He is, perhaps, why I found THE BLADE ITSELF to be so entertaining. He takes the characters Abercrombie has given him and assigns them with voices so suitable that it makes you wonder if the characters were written with his range in mind.
The story has a good plot and characters you are drawn toward or against. Glockta is worth the price of the book alone
Any adventures involving the band of 3 Trees, Grim, Dog-man, Black Dow and Thunderhead
Pacey's characterizations are impressive. He shifts from one accent and tone to the next so easily. The inner voice of Inquisitor Glockta is my favorite piece of the narration
Yes. I listen to it during my commute to work. I found myself driving slower to hear more of the story.
Buy this book and the next two. You will soon be recommending it to people you know!
Yes, I enjoyed this listen. Due to the general clarity of the writing/reading, I was even able to keep up with what was going on (for the most part- I got a little foggy on the political connections in Glokta's investigations) in between listens that were a few weeks apart.
Hmm, I guess there is not much that I would? At least not in whole. It has some of the tumultuous backstory and on-going moral character struggles you might liken to 'A Song of Ice and Fire', but (as of this first book anyway) is more focused and not quite so epic or expansive. It also contains the physical violence which marks that series, but delivers it in a more clipped manner.
The voices were excellent, particularly that of Glokta. It really imparted a tremendous amounts to the characters and engaged my interest, as well as granting subtlety to their tones.
I actually didn't emotionally resonate with the characters that much; that I guess would be one of my main hold outs with this story. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I didn't really feel /with/ them a ton. I guess Logan was the closest I could somewhat connect with, because he 'shares' the most intimately in his internal dialog (at least from what I felt), but not to the degree I have been able to with other characters in other stories.
This is a really solid story, no doubt. I felt like it was just somewhat missing a particular spark which might have engaged me further, but that still lands it at a solid 4-something for me. The writing itself is very good and continually entertaining in a similar vein as Terry Pratchetts- though more weighty in context and not quite so flippant, which is all a matter of taste/appetite. I will be picking up the next in the series at some point in the future, but I'm not in a huge hurry just yet.
I had heard good things about Joe Abercrombie, but had never read nor listened to anything he had written. I picked up "The Blade Itself" on a bit of a whim, and what a fortuitous pick that turned out to be.
The writing itself is suburb and Abercrombie builds a fascinating world populated with intense characters and spicy cultures.
Book one did not have as much action as I typically prefer in fantasy novels, and spent most of the novel setting up the world and the larger storyline. Normally, this would turn me off to the novel. While I enjoy world building as much as the next, I need some big conflict to make me really care about the world. However, Abercrombie builds his world in such a way that I never became bored and never wondered when the "action" would begin.
Pacey though is where this audiobook really shines! He takes a great fantasy novel and turns it into a phenomenal story! He brings each character to life, with distinct voices and mannerism for each character. Even if there were no dialogue tags, I would be able to tell who was speaking simply by how Pacey voices these characters.
Perhaps my favorite thing he did in his performance was for one of the characters who has a speech impediment. He performs the lisp expertly, but the characters thoughts is where Pacey really shines. Pacey gives this character an entirely different voice to his thoughts, and we get to see the character's "true" self in his thoughts. What he really is and not what he seems. Just fantastic!
I highly recommend this audiobook to fans of fantasy as you will not be disappointed. I know I'm looking forward to listening to book 2!
The story, the way that Abercrombie tells the story is amazing.
This was among very few series that I listened to three times in the past year. Well worth the time and highly recommended.
I really enjoyed the plots, characters and how the story develops in general.I listen to lots of book from different genres and rarely give five-star to any story but the First Law story really stands out as one my favourite of all time.
Over 300 titles under my belt in the sci-fi fantasy category. I usually go for over 20 hour, and unabridged. (J. Butcher excluded)
It's fifty percent delivered, an' I believe the Bloody Nine would agree!
It was like looking into a mirror.
The one with blood.
Yah, if my ass was three days long.
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.