THE BLADE ITSELF – Joe Abercrombie (Honest Review)

SPOILER FREE!

THE FIRST BOOK IN ‘THE FIRST LAW’ TRILOGY.

Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: 16+
Rating: C (60%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

The Blade Itself focuses on three leading characters that are all fleshed out and seem ready to step from the pages. It starts with Logen Ninefingers, a once very dangerous and brutal man that’s trying to step out of his gory past with little success. Then there’s Inquisitor Glokta, a cripple turned torturer with a quick tongue and a deep hatred for most people. Finally, we focus on Captain Jezal, a lazy nobleman that could be the very description of selfish and arrogant.

A very gritty and hard world, this novel thrusts you into a story you can’t quite figure out. You face the characters at what you can assume is their worst, but it’s only the very beginning. This novel will surprise you with violence and wit, a dark fantasy that knows how to make you laugh and cringe within two seconds of one another.

As it can be a common occurance with fantasy novels, it takes a while for this one to pick up speed. I found myself wondering ‘when will the plot start?’ or ‘what even is the plot?’ on mulitple occassions. I just wanted something to happen, but the book kept is casual pace throughout. Even now, a month out from reading it, I feel like nothing really happened, and that the entire book was just a set up for what’s more to come.

Take that how you may, some might enjoy that in a fantasy novel, but personally I wasn’t the biggest fan, and I’m currently uncertain to whether or not I’ll finish the series at all.

The break down of my rating:
Plot: 
4/10
Characterisation: 8/10
Development:
5/10
Style & Tone: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 6/10

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