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THE BLADE ITSELF
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
Abercrombie kicks off his series masterfully with a heroic fantasy without conventional heroes. It's clearly the characters that take center stage here. Their dialogue is full of cynicism and wit, their lives full of intrigue, battles and magic. As multiple plotlines converge, motives and conflicts become clear.
In the city of Adua, former soldier Sand dan Glokta, disfigured and crippled after being tortured in the last war, is now an inquisitor and torturing confessions out of others. Captain Jezal dan Luthar, a pompous young nobleman, spends his days drinking and cheating at cards.
In the Northlands, a brutal warrior, Logen Ninefingers, loses everything
Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski
Published: October 2007