4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A quick note of praise,
This review is from: The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One: Book One of The First Law (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
Joe Abercrombie seems to have set out to redefine the fantasy genre, and has done so so creatively and thought provokingly that I feel I wont be able to pick up another fantasy book and not compare it to The Blade Itself.
If you are new to fantasy novels or want a bit of hack and slash good-fun, then perhaps leave this one on the shelf until you yearn for something more. If you are feeling a bit disillusioned and want more from the genre, buy this book.
Its a great start to a trilogy and the characters all have murky souls, without a clear hero being defined but plenty of villains so far.
Cant wait for the next installment, but in the meantime we are stuck with the likes Gemmels more formulaic efforts.