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The Blade Itself

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Joe Abercrombie

Narrated By: Steven Pacey

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

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.

First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

Novels in the First Law world
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country


  • 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.

  • Ismael V

    Joe Abercrombie is an amazing writer! He does an outstanding job at making you love characters that are not without flaws. This was a great book, and the narrator does an amazing job with the storytelling.

  • Kate Buckley

    Outstanding book and narration. The depth and facets of these characters are reminiscent of Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles.

  • Danita Sistrunk

    The narration of this book was superb, it made listening like watching a movie. The 1st book of the First Law series was really good, fantasy at its finest. The characters are despicable, barbaric, but likeable at the same time. Don't try to guess the outcome of anything, you'll get it wrong every time.

  • Brian Pander

    This is a great start to an excelent series. Narration is pretty good, he makes the caracters come alive with his multitude of voices. Joe Abercrombie created a special universe in the First law books

  • Jacob Blair

    I loved the plot and characters but there was no climax or resolution at the end. I guess I have to read the whole trilogy. It just ended in a weird place. Narration was great. I love the different voices he used for the different characters.

  • Jessica McCaffrey

    Fantastic fantasy series. Joe Abercrombie is my new favorite author. A writing style similar to R.R. Martin that flows better and easier to read.

  • traniel pride

    interesting first book. I listen to many books while I work so I must say that the book and narrator have done a great job at capturing my attention. I am interested in seeing where this book will lead to. there are many characters that have two sides to them plus a good amount of fantasy.

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