Written By: Joe Abercrombie

Narrated By: Steven Pacey

Date: September 2015

Duration: 22 hours 30 minutes


The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller, Joe Abercrombie.

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 Glokta 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.


  • Anonymous

    The whole book is but a preparation for the series. There's little, to almost no plot at all. Mainly an introduction to the characters, places and overall situations, but that's it - nothing is really happening. Or almost nothing. I was disappointed by that. I give this book 3 stars because to me 2 stars is somewhat of a bad book, which this book in not - It's not bad, it just doesn't go anywhere and only prepare you for the rest of the series, or at least I hope so.. I don't know if the rest of the series will be the same - heavy character examination with not much of a plot. The character examination is interesting, but I really wish that in the next books there will be more plot to follow.

  • James B.

    Read this book three times already. Downloaded for my commute which is now not long enough. Joe never let’s you down. By far my favourite fantasy writer.

  • Anonymous

    Great books even better listen

  • Ben M.

    Great book that introduces lots of great characters. Definitely felt like it could have been part one of book one. Nothing wrong with setting up a storyline and arc but maybe not for the whole book. Needed more of a pay off at the end.

  • Chris O.

    AMAZING characters.....loved it!

  • James L.

    What a disappointment!! The narrator and the voices he chooses are terrible! I couldn’t get past the first hour.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite series hands down! The narrator brings these masterfully written characters to life. I love it so much I've already started listening to it all over again.

  • Andrew W.

    Incredible on all fronts. The story is captivating and magical yet unadulteratedly honest. The narrator is the best there is.

  • Yasmeen K.

    Story is slow going and difficult to keep up with setting and character changes but once you get further into the book it starts getting really interesting.

  • D Tom

    Very engaging. Some really memorble characters that I still find my self thinking about.

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