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

by Joe Abercrombie

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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...

Just 26 editions of the lettered state will be produced. Printed two colour letterpress on Magnani Mouldmade 130gsm paper by Pat at Nomad Press, this edition features unique bindings, case and title setting.

Bound in finest Harmatan black goat with 2 blue leather labels and an inlay on the front board with hits of foil stamp designs unique to this edition. It includes 4 raised bands, rounded spine, coloured headbands and all 3 edges gilded gold, this is the most luxurious edition of The Blade Itself ever produced.

There will be 7 tipped in pieces of art (including a frontispiece) and a fold out colour map. The lettered also comes with a marbled endpaper and foldout piece of art.

It’s housed in a black and blue leather solander box with a rounded spine, and blind stamped cross hatching across. There are also 3 hits of foil stamping on the leather covering and inside is lined with a sumptuous dark blue suedel. 

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