The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself

By Joe Abercrombie

  • Release Date: 2009-06-18
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 87 Ratings)


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...


  • Wow

    By Keobr
    Never thought I'd enjoy a series this much!
  • Seems a bit counter productive

    By ryan minyard
    I may not have that firm of a grasp on this whole capitalism thing, but regardless of how many times I try to throw my money at this book nothing happens.
  • Great Read !

    By OneManClan
    I found it hard to keep track of the characters at the very beginning of this story, but came to be very interested in each and every one of their story lines. Great read. If you like this genre (like I do) and are looking for your next book here it is!
  • B+ or 8.5 out of 10

    By Joey the nerd
    This book did not disappoint. It may not change the fantasy/adventure as we know it or be remembered as a classic, but I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. Some of the best written action sequences I've ever read are in this book, along with an engaging and mysterious plot, and raw and memorable characters - which you will have a difficult time deciding who you like most by the end of the book, because every character is as rich and exciting as the other. If your looking for a new read that isn't the size of a Hebrew/ Greek bible, and that isn't part of a 10-15 chronicle series, The Blade Itself is a refreshing well-recommended change of pace for all fantasy lovers.