The Blade Itself

The Blade Itself: Book One

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 08/03/2007
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The Blade Itself
The Blade Itself
Logen Ninefingers is a battle-scarred barbarian, wandering the land, hoping to survive the night. Jezal dan Luthar is a conceited rake aiming to win the an... READ MORE
Erin Britton
The Blade Itself
Just Plain Awesome
This is sharp witted, dark fantasy at it's best. With an interesting group of characters, from Logan Ninefingers, a barbarian warrior,(just don't ask him h... READ MORE
sarah major
The Blade Itself
Tough, grimy, expertly constructed fantasy.
With a lot of fantasy authors, it's hard to escape the feeling that they aren't quite the master of their domain. They've created a world & let it run, wit... READ MORE
Paul S. at Lancaster
The Blade Itself
After having this book on my shelf for years I finally picked it up... And I can't believe it took me so long! This has instantly become an all time favour... READ MORE
The Blade Itself
It's been a while since I read somthing this phenomenal!
How has it taken me this long to read Joe Abercrombie? This book wastes no time getting to the middle of the action and instantly drew me in. With some d... READ MORE
Kizzi Webster


'Delightfully twisted and evil' GUARDIAN'Highly recommended ... seek it out' Joe HillInquisitor 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...

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9780575079793
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Weight: 378g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 42 mm

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The Blade Itself
Fantastic fantasy!
This book is one that I had courted for a while. I must admit that I am not a massive fan of the artwork, but that is the only thing that might disappoint ... READ MORE
H Figueroa
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There is wit, style, homage, pace, invention, talent, adventure, magic, action, originality, observation and Fun to be had by reading this book - oh - and ... READ MORE
Paul Welsby
The Blade Itself
The Blade Itself
This si the beginning of a superb trilogy. I'll be honest and say it took this first book to really get in to the characters as Joe flits backwards and fo... READ MORE
Neil Bailey
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It's simply unputdownable!
The Blade Itself will take you on an epic tour, hand in hand with the legendary warrior Ninefingers, temperamental Magi Bayaz, sarcastic Inquisitor Glokta ... READ MORE
The Blade Itself
Say One Thing About Joe Abercrombie...
...Say he's a phenomenally talented writer! Logen Ninefingers, Sand dan Glotka, Jezal dan Luther, Bayaz, Malacus Quai, the list goes on! All colourful and... READ MORE
The Blade Itself
The Blade Itself
Absolutely fantastic books. The best fantasy book i have ever read (goes for the whole trilogy which is consistently superb) it is everything a fantasy sho... READ MORE
Joe Hookham
The Blade Itself
simply if you like fantasy read this book and all the others. brilliantly scripted, could not put thIs writer s books down until I had read them all. canno... READ MORE
scum one
The Blade Itself
A masterclass in character development
This is the first book in trilogy that is also part of a larger story in a fantasy world. This pretty much screams, "PAUL, THIS IS YOUR CUP OF TEA!!!" (ign... READ MORE
Paul  Wardman on
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Gritty and grapping
Rhys Hall
The Blade Itself
Excellent gritty fantasy
Well written characters, very nice world building and a darker aesthetic that also isn't afraid to delve into the magic stuff too. Overall, a very promisin... READ MORE
Max Done
The Blade Itself
Terrific opener
Possibly one of the best opening books to a trilogy I have ever read . Vibrant characters you can invest in and an interesting weaving story you want to kn... READ MORE
david littleton