The First Law Trilogy (Abercrombie)

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 15,782 ratings

The Blade Itself Publisher's Summary

The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and the debut novel from New York Times best seller Joe Abercrombie.

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: Cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald 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 Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood.

Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

©2015 Joe Abercrombie (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Blade Itself

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,037
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,643
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,632

    Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY KNIVES

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-06-17

    Regular price: $25.08

  • Book 2

    • Before They Are Hanged

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5,056
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,666
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,657

    Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run - if he could even walk without a stick.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The single best fantasy experience I've ever had

    • By Matthew on 10-07-16

    Regular price: $25.08

  • Book 3

    • Last Argument of Kings

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 27 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,689
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,322

    Logen Ninefingers might have only 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Poor Ending

    • By ken solomon on 09-02-16

    Regular price: $25.08