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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, 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 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. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.
My husband stumbled upon this series and when he started raving about it, I just had to find out what was so exciting about it! See, he’s not much of a reader (although he was so excited when I came home with Brisinger for him yesterday), so if he raves about a book, I know I have to read it.
Let me start by saying that, so far, Logen is by far my favorite character in this series. He’s charming in a rough sort of way, funny, and very thoughtful. Just what everyone wants in their barbarian, right?
This first installment in The First Law trilogy kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I had such a hard time putting it down! The characters are wide and varied in personality and background and yet, every one has their bit of appeal, good, bad or otherwise. A central theme of humor runs through this classic fantasy tale, lightening up the seriousness just a bit. I can’t wait to get into book 2, Before They Are Hanged, which is by my chair at home, waiting.