- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (8 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575079797
- ISBN-13: 978-0575079793
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 3.5 x 15.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law (Gollancz S.F.): 1 Paperback – 8 Mar 2007
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Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out (Joe Hill)
I might not end up marrying this book, but I'm certainly infatuated with it right at the moment. It's delicious, the characters sharply drawn and their motivations believable, the clash of cultures (always particularly difficult for an author to pull off) believable as well. (Lilith Saintcrow)
There is a gritty edge to his world and an awareness of the human cost of violence that is very contemporary (The Times)
Delightfully twisted and evil (The Guardian)
The Blade Itself is a page-turner powered by a combination of fast-paced action and juicy doses of cynicism. Perhaps more remarkable, however, is the way Abercrombie sets the scene (Edge Magazine)
There's a fat vein of cynicism and dark humour throughout. The action scenes are fast-paced and the violence takes its toll both mentally and physically. A great start to a long journey' (Dreamwatch)
You'd never guess that The Blade Itself is Joe Abercrombie's debut novel. He writes like a natural. There are great characters, sparky dialogue, an action-packed plot, and from the very first words and an opening scene that is literally a cliff-hanger, you know you are in for a cheeky, vivid, exhilarating ride (Starburst)
An admirably hard, fast and unpretentious read from debut author Joe Abercrombie. Packs a mean punch in the bloodthirsty mayhem and mystery departments. Crammed full of torture, vengeance and bad behaviour, it's a lively tale of savagery vs. civilisation. The Blade Itself may not reinvent the wheel, but it does serve up a whole banquet of violent action and intrigue' (SFX)
The star of the show is doubtlessly Inquisitor Glotka for simply being one of the most wonderfully bitter and cynical characters I've come across. With a very funny and clever internal monologue going on during every conversation he has, Glotka's as miserable and nasty at the end as he was to start with and, especially in a heroic fantasy novel, it works perfectly (SF Crowsnest)
The astonishing novel which launched Joe Abercrombie's career, THE BLADE ITSELF is a superb, dark and addictive epic fantasy.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
I say might because the real appeal of the book is the characters and not a one of them has much in the way of positive virtues. Whether a man or woman they are often dark violent cruel unhinged stupid driven and indifferent. Sometimes all of the above. Joe Abercrombie's skill is to make them compelling, and by wrapping them in the folds of dark humour that pervade the story you cannot fail to love them. Maybe.
This is an epic that twists and turns, rushes up on you, twists you around and leaves you breathless. It's smart, horrific, endlessly inventive and cinematic in its vision. I absolutely loved it.
Joe Abercrombie is a stone cold genius.
Forward to reading next book.Hope it will be as good as last.
The ending has me glued when you finally see the bloody nine unleashed
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is quite a hard review to write, because whilst overall I enjoyed the book (a lot), there are sections that are a little tough going... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Appleton
I was up until half five yesterday morning reading intensely to finish off this story. I didn't write the review then as it would have been a tired, mumbled mess with little to no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Alexander Tivendale
I'm an Abercrombie fan, that's for sure, but I've read and listened to his work in a strange order. So far, this is my least favourite book - however, that's not to say it isn't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JPA
Fantastic read throughout, was unsure whether I'd enjoy this book at first.
However after a couple of chapters I was hooked, the book strikes a perfect balance between dark... Read more