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Stålets vilje : roman

af Joe Abercrombie

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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.… (mere)
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En fantasy bok satt i en annen verden på en tid uten moderne teknologi. Første bok i en trilogi, og inneholder dermed mye world-building, men også mye action og brutale scener. Mye vittig dialog, og til tider ganske blunt språk.
Mange godt skrevet karakterer som man blir godt knyttet til tross grå moral. Det skifter POV for hvert kapittel som kan virke forstyrrende i lesingen, men samtidig er det er virkemiddel for å formidle flere perspektiver på ulike steder og fungerer godt til oppbygning av verdenen.
I denne boken er plottens mål uklart eller vagt meste parten av tiden, og det var ingen endelse/plot twist siden den bygger opp til neste bok. Dermed gir jeg ikke boken 5 stjerner, men det var likevel en fornøyelse å lese den. ( )
  vivolvo | Feb 26, 2024 |
I mostly liked it. It's one of those epic fantasy series with multiple POV characters. Things I liked: there were a lot of good scenes, especially the action scenes; the world building was interesting, and I liked the politics in the capital. Things I didn't like: it leans too much on being the first book of an epic series, so this book mainly introduces the characters and their motivations and only at the end of the book has the "adventuring party" finally gotten together (presumably for adventures in later volumes). I also found most of the POV characters to be unlikeable jerks; I understand the author is trying to make them more complex than generic fantasy archetypes, but I found it hard to root for the characters to succeed. ( )
  yaj70 | Jan 22, 2024 |
This book has really interesting characters that I'm looking forward to learning more about. The story itself is just getting started, and there are many little mysteries that are waiting to unfold. I'm looking forward to the next two books in the series, but am going to take a break before starting them. ( )
  PurplOttr | Dec 1, 2023 |
I mostly loved this opening volume in the First Law trilogy. The narrative is driven, and driven hard, by third person viewpoints in which we see the internal monologue of some of the characters especially Glokta, the surprisingly sympathetic torturer. Apart from Gene Wolfe's series, I can't recall reading another series in which a torturer is an anti-hero. Glokta was once a dashing army officer in the army of the Union, a political entity formed of several kingdoms, but he was taken prisoner in a war against a foreign empire and spent two years in their jails, finally returning home very disabled. Most people now shun him, and he has joined the Inquisition although he himself questions why - but the only alternative seems to be to lie at home, nursed by his mother who, as he later discovers had turned away his only friend due to her own snobbery. In his viewpoint, we have his constant struggle against pain - usually not voiced except to rub other characters' noses in it - and his sardonic commentary on those around him.

Another main lead is Logen, a Northern barbarian warrior who was able to defeat other dangerous fighters and weld them into a band who followed him, following their exile by the Northern leader who is now a self-styled king. The story opens with the band attacked by inhuman creatures called Shanka aka Flatheads and his separation from the others, whom he subsequently believes dead - which they believe about him. From then on, he becomes involved with a man who appears to be the First of the Magi, a wizard who disappeared centuries before but is now back at a time when the Union needs him.

The third main viewpoint character is Captain Jezel dan Luthar, a young swordsman who is rich, self absorbed and feels entitled: he is an army officer currently training for the upcoming Contests. Whoever wins the Contest should have their future mapped out for them to greater things - though we learn that Glokta was a past winner.

Other characters have their own chapter viewpoints including the sympathetic West, a self made man from a humble background who is also a past Contest winner. West has risen to the rank of Major by merit, and is looked down on by officers from the nobility. Other characters we travel with are the Dogman, one of Logen's former cohorts through whom we see the developments going on back in the North, where the self-styled King is planning to attack the Union. And other enemies are viewed through another viewpoint added half way through the book: that of a (for me not too convincing) escaped female slave with almost superhuman stamina and fighting ability who is on a one-woman vengeance quest against the empire for murdering her people and enslaving her. The only other woman with a main role (there is a torturer's assistant but her character is minor) is West's sister, who becomes involved with Jezal. It is through her that, towards the end of the story, we see a surprisingly nasty side of West. Possibly there is no significance, but the fact that both main female characters had backgrounds of abuse was a little troublesome.

The tone of this book apparently is called 'grimdark' - have heard of the term, but had not knowingly read any of it before. I hadn't recognised it as such because, to me, it was a page turning tale with character interplay, a lot of swearing, quite a bit of graphic violence, but some good characterisation. I've read other books with those characteristics which were not described as such.

The main problems I had with the book were to do with its punctuation and layout. Nearly every character talks all the time in exclamation marks - something writers are normally advised to ration severely. The number in this book became quite fatiguing. And there is a very odd usage, contrary to the norm, of capitalising the rest of a sentence after dialogue, for example, 'whatever!' Shouted Fred. 'Shouted' should be lower case as it is part of the same sentence. Thirdly, again contrary to normal usage, the dialogue of one character is often jumbled up in the same paragraph as the reactions of another character to the speaker, which does not aid clarity. None of these things make for an easy read despite the otherwise page turning qualities of the prose. They were irritating/jarring enough to jerk me out of the story from time to time, and for that reason, and my reservation about the female characters, I am awarding it 4 stars. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Mostly inoffensive run-of-the-mill low fantasy with several decently poignant moments scattered throughout. Adequately diverting descriptive prose, but underdeveloped women foils and a self-consciously misogynistic society make for a less than endearing setting. Still better than Gene Wolfe or Jim Butcher. ( )
  quavmo | Oct 26, 2023 |
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Logen plunged through the trees, bare feet slipping and sliding on the wet earth, the slush, the wet pine needles, breath rasping in his chest, blood thumping in his head. He stumbled and sprawled onto his side, nearly cut his chest open with his own axe, lay there panting, peering through the shadowy forest.
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‘Has it ever occurred to you, Master Ninefingers, that a sword is different from other weapons? Axes and maces and so forth are lethal enough: but they hang on the belt like dumb brutes.' He ran an eye over the hilt, plain cold metal scored with faint grooves for a good grip, glinting in the torchlight. 'But a sword ... a sword has a voice.'
'Eh?'
'Sheathed it has little to say, to be sure, but you need only put your hand on the hilt and it begins to whisper in your enemy's ear.' He wrapped his fingers tightly round the grip. 'A gentle warning. A word of caution: Do you hear it?'
Logen nodded slowly. 'Now,' murmured Bayaz, 'compare it to the sword half drawn.' A foot length of metal hissed out of the sheath, a single silver letter shining near the hilt. The blade itself was dull, but its edge had a cold and frosty glint. 'It speaks louder, does it not? It hisses a dire threat. It makes a deadly promise. Do you hear it?'
Logen nodded again, his 'eye fastened on that glittering edge. ‘Now compare it to the sword full drawn.' Bayaz whipped the long blade from its sheath with a faint ringing sound, brought it up so that the point hovered inches from Logen's face. 'It shouts now, does it not? It screams defiance! It bellows a challenge! Do you hear it?’
'Mmm,' said Logen; leaning back and staring slightly cross-eyed at the shining point of the' sword.
Bayaz let it drop and slid it gently back into its scabbard, something to Logen's relief. 'Yes, a sword has a voice. Axes and maces and so forth are lethal enough, but a sword is a subtle weapon, and suited to a subtle man. …’ p. 144
Men don’t fence for their King, or for their families, of for the exercise either … They fence for the recognition, for the glory. They fence for their own advancement. They fence for themselves. p. 174
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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.

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