The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One), by Joe Abercrombie, paperback fantasy novel
“Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught up in one feud too many he’s about to become a dead barbarian, leaving nothing behind but bad songs and dead friends.
Jezal dan Luthar, paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than winning 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 he hates everyone. Cutting treason out of the heart of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendships – and his latest trail of rotten corpses could lead straight to the rotten heart of government…if he can just stay alive long enough to follow it…”
“An admirably hard, fast and unpretentious read” – SFX
“An incredibly accomplished first novel” – Emerald City
“Great characters, sparky dialogue, and action-packed plot. From the opening scene that is literally a cliffhanger you know you are in for a cheeky, vivid exhilarating ride.” – Starbust