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The Blade Itself: Book One: 1 af Joe…
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The Blade Itself: Book One: 1 (udgave 2007)

af Joe Abercrombie (Autore)

Serier: The First Law (1)

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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...… (mere)
Medlem:dopple42
Titel:The Blade Itself: Book One: 1
Forfattere:Joe Abercrombie (Autore)
Info:Gollancz (2007), 544 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:fantasy-scifi, currently-reading

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The Blade Itself af Joe Abercrombie

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Entertaining, violent fantasy. Prety good characters. Prose and plot are decent though nothing special, but I listened to the audiobook & Stephen Pacey elevated this material with his outstanding narration. Book has no real conclusion, you have to go on to volume 2. I'm on the fence about doing so. If I do I probably will mostly so I can listen to Stephen Pacey again, the man is an awesome narrator. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
A great character driven fantasy that I quickly got drawn into. This is the second series of Abercrombie's that I have read and his ability to write flawed, dark/grim characters is masterful.

Our lead protagonist, Logan aka Nine-Fingers is separated from his band of brothers( Logan presumes them all dead) and he is led, by his ability to talk to spirits, to the First of the Magi, Bayaz. A second major character, Jezel, trains for a fencing contest in Adua. Also in Adua we meet the crippled inquisitor/torturer Glokta. These 3 plot lines are woven together seamlessly all involving the coming war, the mysterious Shanka and the threat in the North.

I am hooked, and look for forward to book 2. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Abercrombie, Joe. The Blade Itself. First Law No. 1. Orbit, 2007.
Regular readers of fantasy seem to like Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself. I cannot join the choir. The overall story arc is simple—a band of questers is being gathered. That’s it. So on to novel two for the actual story. But it takes five hundred pages to get the band together. To be fair, there is lots of action along the way. The swordplay is vividly described. The plot details have Game-of-Thrones complexity and a shifting point of view that left me not caring much about any of the people involved, be they a down-at-heels barbarian, a jaded aristocrat, a crippled Inquisitor, and, of course, a wizard. Abercrombie might profit from reading stodgy old Henry James, who could teach him a thing or two about giving a long novel needing a center of consciousness. I may have missed it, but there seems to be only one woman in the cast who matters at all, and she comes into the story late and does not seem to matter except to motivate the crew to get on with it. And high time. 3 and a half weary stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Sep 6, 2021 |
This was, for the first two-thirds, a big pantload of meh for me. It felt like Ambercrombie was counting on the humour to carry us through to the story, which really didn't feel like it even hit first gear until the last third.

Yes, I understand that he had to build the world and set some stuff up, but it just went on intolerably long, only to set up a mystery that forces the reader to continue into book two and, presumably, book three.

And yes, I understand how trilogies work, but still, it truly felt like absolutely nothing was resolved in this novel.

I can't be bothered to continue. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
My Dad foisted the Joe Abercrombie books on me as revenge for getting him hooked on Martin's the Song of Ice and Fire. And, as for a book in the "tits, blood and scowling" genre of fiction, the first book in "the First Law" trilogy is surprisingly good.

I'm not a huge fantasy fan. If I'm going to read fantasy, I want it to be something more than the old Raymond E. Feist books. I want wars and politics and backstabbing and good stuff! Less magic, fewer fairies and unicorns, and more stabbings. More sweep of history with real people, less magic spells. The Abercrombie books fill that bill: not much in the way of sex (none in the first book) but plenty of battles, lots of blood, and tons of politics. We've have the fantasy tropes here: the barbarian/ranger, the mysterious Gandalf-like mage and his apprentice, the whiny handsome nobleman with the flashing sword, the evil kings and corrupt empires. But then we have the Inquisitor, once a jumped up nobleman himself but after being a POW not so jumped up any more, and the politics of the Throne, and wars, and the hard men of the North. Put together into a stew and churn and what comes out is a story with some cool characters and a story that moves along. The world is well realized with plenty of history and backstory and politics with the races being the races of men instead of guys with pointy ears.

The Blade Itself is clearly the first third of a book too big to publish as one standing novel. It is all setup with no conclusions or follow-through. As all setup, it's a compelling read but again, the book just sort of ends with the expectation that the reader will go grab the next one. Sort of the way the Song of Ice and Fire books just sort of end -- stuff and things happen but nothing gets wrapped.

It's worth it to go for the next book. Recommend for people who like their fantasy books to read more like historical novels than fairy tales. ( )
  multiplexer | Jun 20, 2021 |
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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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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...

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