The First Law: Joe Abercrombie


The blade itself book cover

Let’s switch topic a little bit! Today I want to make a little, short, brief review about one of the best reads I have had in quite a long time. The First Law is a fantasy literature trilogy written by Joe Abercrombie. What does it make it special or different from other fantasy authors? Well, it shows a pretty raw, visceral and pessimistic… portrait of human being, some… pretty realistic point of view, if you will. And that, added to its masterfully written prose and carefully threaded plot, makes it an absolutely great set of novels and a very entertaining read indeed.

So, in words of George RR Martin (“A song of ice and fire”) and Patrick Rothfuss (“The name of the wind” – isn’t Kvothe really cool?), both much better quallified than me in this area:

“Joe Abercrombie’s BEST SERVED COLD is a bloody and relentless epic of vengeance and obsession in the grand tradition, a kind of splatterpunk sword ‘n sorcery COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, Dumas by way of Moorcock. His cast features tyrants and torturers, a pair of poisoners, a serial killer, a treacherous drunk, a red-handed warrior and a blood-soaked mercenary captain. And those are the good guys … The battles are vivid and visceral, the action brutal, the pace headlong, and Abercrombie piles the betrayals, reversals, and plot twists one atop another to keep us guessing how it will all come out. This is his best book yet.”

—George RR Martin, author of A Game of Thrones

“The books are good, really good. They pulled me in. Well-developed world. Unique, compelling characters. I like them so much that when I got to the end of the second book and found out the third book wasn’t going to be out in the US for another three months, I experienced a fit of rage, then a fit of depression, then I ate some lunch and had a bit of a lay down.”

—Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind

And for those of you that have read it: Logen Ninefingers is aaaawesome. I hope he makes a guest appearance in “The Heroes”

~ by Jaime on October 8, 2010.

One Response to “The First Law: Joe Abercrombie”

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