This was a fun book (and it gets more fun in the second and third books of this trilogy). But Steven Pacey's narration is what made this a great audiobook. His characters are wonderful, and his narration is unhurried and genuine. I wish that there was even more Steven Pacey to listen to.
What I found most notable about The Blade Itself was how much it focused on characters that are usually the "bad guys" in most fantasy novels: the torturer, the self-centered, rakish noble and (somewhat) the barbarian. Abercrombie excels at creating characters with interesting back-stories and varied motivations.
Sand dan Glokta. Abercrombie does a great job of portraying his bitterness and resentment but also his dark humor and quick mind. There is something utterly disturbing about watching a torture survivor mete out similar horrors to those he's endured but still feeling like this character has some spark that makes him a better person than those around him.
I cannot rave about Steven Pacey's performance enough. The first time I realized that he differentiated between Glokta's speaking voice and his inner voice by lisping to indicate Glokta's missing teeth when he was speaking aloud, I thought, "Wow, he's nailing it!". Pacey gives a very recognizable voice to each character that is consistent throughout the book(s). Without these distinctions, the story would be much harder to follow. It really makes me want to seek out other books read by Steven Pacey.
There was one moment that moved me, but I couldn't really write about it without giving it away!
This is one of the rare series' which becomes a standard for others in the genre to be judged against. George RR Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Robert Jordan, have proven to create masterpieces which have the same standing. I have purchased and devoured every Joe Abercrombie book after this one the day it came out, and have yet to have any disappointment in the stories. My only complaint to this day is that Steven Pacy was replaced after the initial trilogy. If this is your first time listening to this book, and this series, I am truly jealous. Enjoy...
Abercrombie in the First Law series just kills it. He spins a cast of characters that won't be duplicated. He is among the few bright spots in fantasy/sci fi. Developed characters in full dimensions. Characters you love and hate. Add on top a plot line that will hook you like crack. What else do you need?
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Yes. this story was full of action.
This was a good story about the struggles of life. lots of action. some betrayal. i liked it. check it out.
This book doesn't start out as strong as the trilogy ends. This trilogy and series is definitely worth reading. It gets way better from here.
I loved how the lives of the very different characters eventually came together. You also get a good mix of a little bit of everything from magic, to deception, to sword fighting, and even a little bit of romance (just a bit).
Inquisitor Glokta and Logen are such complex individuals that I couldn't get enough of.
He brought this book to life. Pacey was able to capture the essence of each character and easily allowed me to visualize the entire story. I especially love his Inquisitor Glokta voice. Simply magnificent!
The most moving part of the story was when Ardee spoke about the men in her life. I don't want to give any spoilers!
Brilliant read! I can't wait to read the next book!
Ninefinger- many decisions he made had my sympathies
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Worth a credit
I think Abercrombie could be compared to Sanderson, Rothfuss, Simmons, Jordan.......
I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job. He brings the book to life, adds to the story, is not a distraction. Great job!!!
It is funny and sad, dark....I would not make it in Abercrombie's world.
Great book, happy to add this series to my collection. Well worth a credit.
Excellent first book of a 3 book series. Abercrombie's writing reminds me of GRR Martin. The characters are patiently constructed as such the first half of the book is a little slow going and patience is required but the payoff is worth it. Each of the main characters are complex individuals with good and bad qualities. No stereotypes or wooden characters. Many posses dark secrets and have dark gritty backgrounds which are gradually revealed. The dialogue and inner thoughts of each character are well written with a great deal of dry wit and humorous sarcasm which I find a great pleasure to read. Very few fantasy writers do this well. The story unravels slowly as many questions and mysteries are presented. Not all is revealed as this book is not a stand alone. Good news is the second book is even better.
There is a lot of blood and salty language but this story wouldn't be as good without it.
The narration is outstanding. Couldn't be better.
So, if you like GRR Martin, what are you waiting for? This is your next series to read.
Big 5 stars.