The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself

By Joe Abercrombie

  • Release Date: 2015-09-08
  • Genre: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 230 Ratings)


The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut fantasy 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.

First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

Novels in the First Law world
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country


  • Amazing

    By Matthewmatics18
    This book is an amazing read with so many applicable quotations and struggles “Better to do something than to live with the fear of it”
  • Magnificent.

    Very well crafted. The characters are such an interesting cornerstone of this book. As the mysteries are expanded on, so also are the main characters. They are revealed (and evolve) throughout the book, and they are interesting. This feels very original. The story is engaging, with lots of action and moving parts, but without frivolity or flowery embellishments. I read a lot of fiction, and can say that this was right up there with the best. I hope the rest of the books hold up to such a high standard of story telling.
  • Grim and unappealing

    By TheEpicWinnerWhoWins
    "Lovers of Middle Earth want to go there. I would myself, like a shot." That famous foreword from Peter S. Beagle to Lord of the Rings lays down a powerful truth about the best fantasy: it creates a world that pulls at our heart's yearning. The Blade Itself is more like Hobbes: nasty, brutish, and short. The world he presents is filled with darkness and despair - my reaction to finding myself in Abercrombie's world would be, "oh, crap." If you like the unrelieved, depressing darkness of Game of Thrones, then you will probably like this series. I prefer a bit more warmth and attraction in my fantasy reading.

    By Richard_do
    This is the best fantasy series you will ever read. That isn't an overstatement, it's fact. Joe is a god.
  • Re-release?

    By Bitter Arugula
    Not a new book.