This is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. The characters, the plot, and the story telling are exceptional.
Joe Abercrombie has a gift for speaking through his characters and you truly feel their motivations and beliefs. Well worth the read!!
this is the most fun I've had since reading the gentleman bastards series by scott lynch. great characters. great use of language. Abercrombie is hands down the best action sequence writer. But, unlike lynch this book is not a compleye adventure, otherwise I would have given it five stars. still, its fun enough that I will buy the next book. The audible performace is outstanding!!!!
Give a brother a vote.....lol
Has to be top 3 series.
Glocta....by far, but not too far.
A ton of good characters. Dogman, Snow, and not sure how to spell her name but Feral? She is a trip, and number two to Glocta. He is the first character to fear, that is a crippled war "Hero".
Yes, it made me do both and more. At times it reminded me of Ryaria because it went from extremely violence to full out laughter!
Must read series in my opinion. I kept seeing it, and thinking about it, but I thought Joe Ambercrombie was the name of the books character...lol. Not too appealing a name.
I won't repeat the praise that's already been repeated several times but I do want to stress that while book 1 does have some action, it's primarily a character development book and a chance to get to know some great characters. I listened then was a bit reluctant to move on to the next book as there were some parts that dragged a bit. It's good, but more like a 3.5 star book. I am SO glad I hung in there as books 2 and 3 are edge of your seat, sit in your car after your commute, stay up late and an excuse to vacuum your house good!
I first read Lord of the Rings at age 14. However, as I grew older it seemed like the genre didn't really mature. I grew tired of reading fiction written on the level of a 8th or a 9 th grader, fiction full of elves and dwarves and square jawed heroes, beautiful heroines, and narratives as complex as a bowl of oatmeal.
I am now a grown woman with a husband, two children, a house and a job. I spend a lot of time reading SF, mysteries, historical fiction, and some so called literary fiction. Recently, I returned to the world of fantasy with the Song of Fire and Ice series by George RR Martin. Finally, a Fantasy novel that was well written, aimed at an adult, and had an author who had decided to have a more interesting and complex panoply of characters than the usual and a plot that was multilayered rather than straightforward.
The Blade Itself is such a novel. If you are a young teenager, or are mainly interested in reading YA novels than this book will be above your head. I read some the negative reviews of this novel and I want to laugh. Too much violence? What the heck do you read?Have you ever read All Quiet on the Western Front? True Grit? Lonesome Dove? Too much swearing? Good grief, are you monks? Have you read anything by Tom Clancy? Complaints about the Shifting POV and multilayered plot- try reading any of Neal Stephensons work.
And finally, the narration is stellar. The narration in an audiobook is either neutral, detracting, or enhancing. The narrators voice is so flexible you think that you are listening to a radio drama with a cast of dozens. The narration pushes this an excellent book into another realm.
I don't like much...but what I like is good!
Not gonna lie...I struggled through this one. It has great characters, enough mystery to continue building a compelling story, and the makings of a great cast of characters (both heroes and villains). But there is a strong overuse of profanity which deeply distracts from the story. Normally, I listen to books for hours on end and absorb the storyline. This was a book I had to break up in many parts due to the offensive nature of the authors writing style.
I can definitely see that there is a population of listeners who will find this story fun and compelling as profanity aside it had the potential to be a gripping story. However, if you are sensitive to the use of profanity, or just prefer a story that is more creative with its vocabulary, then like me, this book and author are not for you.
Due to the constant and repetitive use of profanity in this one novel...no I will not be looking into any more books by Joe Abercrombie. I prefer authors who are as creative in their vocabulary as they are in the details of their story. When 4/5 of the characters are repetitively crude in their speech it becomes a little too much to enjoy.
The performance was decent. I felt there were times when the emotion of the performer did not properly display the content of the story but this may also be an unfortunate side effect to my dislike of the authors choice of writing style.
Maybe, but not one I would take the time to go and see.
Great reading of the first book in a tight, grim trilogy.
Very Game of Thrones like but with tight editing.
First one, absolutely great performance.
Not really doable but yes!