First Law

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 18,375 ratings

The Blade Itself Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Blade Itself

    • The First Law: Book One
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,317
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,010
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,021

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

    • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 2

    • Before They Are Hanged

    • The First Law: Book Two
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,724
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,688
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,699

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is heaven

    • By David on 01-10-11

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 3

    • Last Argument of Kings

    • The First Law: Book Three
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 27 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,334
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,366
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,368

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You have be realistic about these things.

    • By Lore on 05-27-13

    Regular price: $15.98