A beautiful, collectable new hardback edition of one of the greatest fantasy novels of the past decade.
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...
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 is a gritty edge to his world and an awareness of the human cost of violence that is very contemporary. - THE TIMES - Lisa Tuttle
Comes close to living up to its publishers hype. - THE GUARDIAN - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
The Blade Itself is therefore an extremely impressive debut, the first in a series subtitled The First Law, and in Joe Abercrombie it brings us a writer who oozes promise. This is surely a novel as sharp as its title. - SF REVU - John Berlyne
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 - Barbara Davies
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'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
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 tortu
Joe Abercrombie is terrific - Geroge R. R. Martin
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is the best new fantasy book I've read in the last 10 years. Yes. You heard that right - Andy Remic
There are great characters, sparky dialogue, an action-packed plot, and from the very first words and an opening scene that is literally a cliffhanger, you know you are in for a cheeky, vivid, exhilarating ride - Starburst Magazine
I might not end up marrying this book, but I'm certainly infatuated with it right at the moment - Lilith Saintcrow
There is a gritty edge to his world, and an awareness of violence that is very contemporary... there is much to reward the reader - The Times
Delightfully twisted and evil - The Guardian