The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

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

by Joe Abercrombie

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...

Reviewed by Renee on

3 of 5 stars

Don't get me wrong. I knew this was going to be a "nothing happens in this book"-book. But still...

I definitely liked it but it also felt as if I have read nothing of use? I know the characters now but... I had expected that at least at the end something would happen. Well, I guess I am looking forward to reading the next book... this felt more like a prequel.
I am honestly really confused about how I feel. I liked it but I also did not really like it enough?

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