The Blade Itself (World of the First Law, #1) (First Law Trilogy, #1)

by Joe Abercrombie

Tommy Arnold (Artist)

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Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, 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, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, 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 in a hole in the snow 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 really, really hard indeed...

...especially when Bayaz gets involved. 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 Glotka, Jezal and Logen a whole lot more difficult...

Limited to 150 copies only. The numbered edition is 480 pages printed letterpress two colous on Omnia Natural 120gsm paper by Pat Randle at Nomad Press.

The book is bound in the finest blue leather goatskin and three-pass foil stamping on the cover, spine and back.

The tailbands and ribbon are also unique to this state and the foreedge is coloured blood red with white splashes. This design has been worked up alongside books 2 and 3 to ensure they flow.

As with the standard edition, this book comes will an illustrated endpaper by Tommy Arnold and a further 7 tipped in plates (including a frontispiece) and fold out map.

Housed in a curved mauve cloth slipcase with the blade design foil stamped across all three sides.

 This edition is signed by both the author and the artist.

  • Publish Date December 2022 (first published 4 May 2006)
  • Publish Status Forthcoming
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Curious King