Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.
Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men. And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all - ideally by running away from it.
But as he's discovering, old habits die hard....especially when Bayaz gets involved. An 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 Glokta, Jezal, and Logen a whole lot more difficult....
©2010 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group
Yes. It is an intriguing story with many nuances.
Game of Thrones. The same kind of edgy fantasy - no holds barred and very real descriptions.
Difficult to choose between Glokta, Jezal, Logen, Bayaz and Feroh. Probably Logen.
The unfolding of an epic tale
Ah my old enemy......
This has to be the best narration I have ever heard, the storey is great the characters are so real but what makes this one of best is the narration. This is winner on all counts, value for credit, believable magic not overused, believable flawed characters, engaging storey and did I mention the best narration. And to top it off there are two more in the series as well as two side novels. Win win win
Yes, very good voice acting by the narrator.
Very interesting characters
Anything with the Inquisitor
I laughed out loud at a couple of scenes
Steven Pacey is now my favorite book reader. his performance was absolutely phenomenal -- i could recognize many different voices without cues, and im not sure i would have like the written version of this book as much. This is now one of my favorite audio books (and my first review). really wonderful
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The characters are unique and interesting, and there aren't a million of them to keep track of. The story moves at a good pace and is fairly unique to a lot of things out in this genre.
I think Glokta is the best, as he is the most interesting. His story sucks you in, he's terribly handicapped from years of torture, yet goes about his job with great intelligence and efficiency. I find myself wanting to know more about him than the other characters, although that is not a knock on the others. It is a very well written book.
The reader was FANTASTIC. This man knows how to perform the written word. You will find many others pale in comparison after hearing his work on this book.
If you like A Game of Thrones and The Wheel of Time series', you should like this as well. I can't wait to read the next book.
The character development is some of the best I have ever read. All the main characters are fleshed out with details that make them incredibly--and often very painfully--alive to the reader. Glockta's misery is palpable and unrelenting. Even small-role characters are given attention that makes the few lines dedicated to them seemingly speak volumes about them. This is the first book in a triology and I will definitely be getting the remaining books.
I liked Logen deciding to pick up and carry the very ill novice all the way back to the Library. That decision spoke enormously to--and beyond--his thoughts that he did not want any more deaths laid to his hand if he could help it.
The story will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I found the dialog lacking in some ways, but the story pulls you along and keeps you entertained. If you like dark fantasies, give this book a try. The Narrator Steven Pacey is one of the best I've ever listened to. The voice for each character is unique and distinctive making it easy to follow the story and never did I find a character's voice annoying (an issue I personally often have with other narrators). A must read for a Fantasy lover.
Starts off a bit slow, have to learn about different characters, but as the books go on, it gets better and better! Narration is EXCELLENT! He is amazing! Highly recommend this series!
Steven Pacey is possibly the most talented performer I have heard on an audio book. He made the story incredibly enjoyable.
The Blade Itself is not unlike The Way of Kings in narrative structure. The world is lower fantasy (i.e. less magic), and the narrative not as tight, but it follows several disparate protagonists whose stories slowly spiral toward each other in a large narrative arc.
I have never heard Steven Pacey before, but I am completely impressed.
Not really. It was an enjoyable listen, but not as compelling as other books I couldn't put down.
Sand dan Glokta is one of the most interesting and compelling characters I have ever read. Anyone who likes complicated, sympathetic anti-heroes should be very pleased by this character.
Estrogen free Fantasy. The first law series is compelling and gritty. If you are a SFF Fan. Just get this series. If there is anything contemporary as good please let me know. Patrick Rothfuss also has a compelling series out also. Steven Paceys performance is so memorable that when you listen to a later book like "Red Country" and hear San Dan Glokta's voice on a different person it gives you a pause.
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