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The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One | [Joe Abercrombie]

The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

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.
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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

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    Great listen! Steven Pacey is one of the best narrators I have heard and does Joe Abercrombie's tale great justice.

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    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 12-29-11
    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2013
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    A narrator can make or break a story, Steven Pacey does a masterful job!!! I had almost given up with sci-fi after "the wheel of time" and other books, this one does not disapoint!!!

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    Karl Stockholm, Sweden 12-28-11
    Karl Stockholm, Sweden 12-28-11
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    "Attractive story with marvellous narration"
    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Steven Pacey brought a new dimension to narrating that I even had not imagined was possible in a only positive sense.


    Any additional comments?

    Catching story, unique and strongly attention-attracting characters. The language in the book fresh, raw, like pulsating lava.

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    Judy Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-18-11
    Judy Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Best series ever, Steven Pacey is phenomenal."
    Would you listen to The Blade Itself again? Why?

    YES, absolutely. No matter how many times I listen, I hear something I missed the time before. No one could have done better than Steven Pacey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters have a sense of humor and really come to life.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO, but plan to look for more of his narratives.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES, I laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Steven Pacey has narrated his other books. The Heroes and Best Served Cold.

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    clayda lancaster, CA, United States 12-03-11
    clayda lancaster, CA, United States 12-03-11

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    "the blade itself is a wild ride"
    What did you love best about The Blade Itself?

    the rich character detail ...for I was able to loved or hate all characters occordinately


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    nine fingers was my fav chacracter for you can tell he was a man who knew his strength and weakness and tried to be a true friend to all


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?

    the inquisitor


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    major west and his sister when he hit her out of fustration and anger


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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-28-11
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Sequel to the First"

    Love the second book as much as the first. Storyline picks up from where it left off with great detail and action. As the book comes to an end, it leaves you wanting to go out and pick up the third one instantly.

    Abercombe's storyline is amazing and Pacey's reading is unbelievable...Can't wait to start the third.

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    Benjamin R Cano Annapolis, Maryland 11-13-11
    Benjamin R Cano Annapolis, Maryland 11-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Gritty? Check. Grim? Check. Fun? Double check."

    The Blade Itself is the first novel in the First Law trilogy. Abercrombie's style is best characterized extreme grittiness, grim wit, and quite cynical. His intention seems to be to subvert and deconstruct the standard elements of high fantasy.

    Abercrombie creates a world filled with bad people who do the right thing, good people who do the wrong thing, stupid people who do the stupid thing and, well, pretty much any combination of those. It's a world that's not merely filled with bad people; it actively makes the good and the decent ones worse. Survival is no lean feat, and at the end of the day, dumb luck might be more of an asset than any amount of planning, skill, or noble intention.

    Why would anyone want to take a jaunt through this hell-hole? Because it's incredibly fun, that's why.

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    Joni Houston, Texas 10-29-11
    Joni Houston, Texas 10-29-11 Member Since 2007

    Avid reader... oops, LISTENER

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    "Hang in there... it gets better"

    I think I will give a warning to others not to give up on this series but since I didn't, maybe there is no need for a warning after all. I grew very frustrated with this book all the way to the last quarter of the story. There were times I wanted to scream WHY at Joe and bump my head against my desk. I didn't of course since all my co-workers would have been curious and found me out for listening to this story at work. Yes listening, I decided to listen to this series on Audible and a good thing it was too because it was the excellent narrator that kept me going to the end. He is unbelievably excellent! He rivals my regard for Davina Porter which is usually unrivaled.

    I'm going to say that by the end there was NO WAY I could leave the rest of the books unread and felt I had a vested interest in the Bloody Nine and the others as well. I will save the rest of the review for when I'm finished with the series as I'm starting the third book now and continuing. I'm a girl reading this and so want to say thanks to Joe for the TINY shred of romance he's let trickle into the books.... yea yea... I had to say it.

    READ ON... you will be glad you hung in there.

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    Josh Comptche, CA, United States 10-29-11
    Josh Comptche, CA, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2013
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    "from nowhere to nowhere"

    The story has no purpose. You aren't grabbed from the beginning. Even halfway through i wondered where this thing was going, and what the point was. There is no sense of a history, or a world. Things' are poorly described and don't inspire awe, wonder, or fear. All the characters feel too sorry for themselves and are rather flat. I get no sense that they loved anything, at all, ever. Of course, every good book should put its characters through hell, but this book seems to have already but them through hell and we (the readers) dont' know why or really care. They can't find passion in anything.
    All the mysteries in this story are left as mysteries, nothing is explained, and that get frustrating and boring. There is ,magic, but its all very sudden adn used only to get folk out of tight spots, there is not wonder to it, just big bangs etc, its boring.
    And the writing is boring and not interesting. The characters are not well described, their lives aren't well understood, and the world isn't clear.
    Oh, and the names suck.
    I hate to give negative reveiw, but i couldn't finish this book, so don't waste your credit on it.

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    Doug Robinson 10-23-11
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    "Highly Enjoyable"

    I read. I read a lot. That being said, Joe Abercrombie's The First Law series is one I will be re-reading (re-listening). The basic premise is tried and true fantasy, with enough embellishments and depth to make it seem unique. The mythos and history of the series is fresh, and interesting. But what makes this series is the Characters! Well written, individual, witty, funny and entertaining. And props to Steven Pacey for style and talent in presenting this to us!

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