The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie

16 Jul



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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 Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, 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 Glotka 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.

I have waited a few days to give my review, simply because I didn’t know how to write one for this novel. I loved the individual stories in this book but they have, just now, at the end, come together. Therefore, the story actually went nowhere. I know there are two other books, but I was left tossing my hands in the air… And possibly the book.

In this book I also hated most of the characters, but in a good way. Almost every character in the book is one you just can’t stand but are drawn to none the less.

The story rabbit trails in some spots and there are a few unnecessary plot lines (at this point) but all in all it makes for a fantastic read. Just don’t expect to be able to stop after this one book. You will be sorely disappointed.

Favorite Quotes:

“Has it ever occured 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. But a sword…a sword has a voice.
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. A gentle word. A word of caution. Do you hear it?
Now, compare it to the sword half drawn. It speaks louder, does it not? It hisses a dire threat. It makes a deadly promise. Do you hear it?
Now compare it to the sword full drawn. It shouts now, does it not? It screams defiance! It bellows a challenge! Do you hear it?” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“But that was civilisation, so far as Logen could tell. People with nothing better to do, dreaming up ways to make easy things difficult.” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“Hard words are for fools and cowards.” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“History is littered with dead good men.” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“Hurray’, shouted Glokta. ‘Porridge again!’He looked over at the motionless Practical. ‘Porridge and honey, better than money, everything’s funny, with porridge and honey!” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“It’s hard to stay calm when you’re terrified, helpless, alone, at the mercy of men with no mercy at all.” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“Something dug into the Bloody-Nine’s back, but there was no pain. It was a sign. A message in a secret tongue, that only he could understand. It told him where the next dead man was standing.” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“There are few men with more blood on their hands than me. None, that I know of.
The Bloody-Nine they call me, my enemies, and there’s a lot of ’em. Always more enemies, and fewer friends.
Blood gets you nothing but more blood.
It follows me now, always, like my shadow, and like my shadow I can never be free of it.
I should never be free of it.
I’ve earned it.
I’ve deserved it.
I’ve sought it out.

Such is my punishment.” 
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself


Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
The Black Prism – Brent Weeks
The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

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