Blade Itself (First Law #1)
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 ...
Unpredictable noir fantasy with a real cynical punch A fantasy world that is faster, darker and grittier than anything seen before Superb, witty characterisation throughout, backed up with great dialogue This is realistic, snappy, fast-paced and addictive reading Over 11,000 copies sold in trade editions to date Translation rights have sold in four languages Joe is articulate, down to earth and very promotable
'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
Joe Abercrombie is a freelance film editor, who works on documentaries and live music events. He lives and works in London. The Blade Itself is his debut novel.