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3.99984787982506 out of 53.99984787982506 out of 53.99984787982506 out of 53.99984787982506 out of 53.99984787982506 out of 5 4.00 (26,295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Abercrombie Narrator: Steven Pace Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The First Law Trilogy Release Date:
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The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut novel from New York Times bestseller 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is a gritty edge to his world and an awareness of the human cost of violence that is very contemporary.”

    Times (London)

  • “Delightfully twisted and evil.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[A] sword-and-sorcery series…with black humor and reluctant heroes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The finest epic fantasy trilogy in recent memory.”

    Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jomin Johnson | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a fun read, and it was exciting. The author does not dwell too much in the depth of a character, and that is fine. We know their purpose, we know their motives, and we know they are all pretty much bad-asses in their own rights. This whole book wonderfully shows the strong points of these characters, and as I kept reading I didn't know who my favorite character was. Now that I'm done with the book, I have already started with the second one. This book is a pretty awesome read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom Boshell | 1/19/2014

    " a good start for an epic type of fantasy with all the required parts/characters. Entertaining enough to keep you reading and going out for the next book. Does leave enough room (almost demands it) that a series of prequels be written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maciel | 1/16/2014

    " Excelentes personajes. Aunque no termine de entender por donde van los tiros de la historia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scassonio | 1/5/2014

    " Brilliant. Rock & roll! "

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