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Guest Post Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercombie (Reviewed by Jevon Knight)


Jevon Knights is a sci-fi/fantasy writer and blogger who wants to entertain with amazing stories and enlighten with great content. He posts science fiction fantasy topics on his blog, Knights Writes, and invites you to download his collection of short stories “the Knights Scroll” for free.


The Blade Itself (The First Law book 1) Review


The Blade Itself is British writer Joe Abercrombie’s debut novel, the first in The First Law trilogy originally published in 2006.

When I first saw the name, looked at the cover, and read the blurb, it didn’t interest me at all. Everything about it looked dull and unimaginative.

But as it came highly recommended, I went ahead and dove right in, and I have to say that I’m glad I read it.

The Story and World

The Union governs the Circle of the World and prospers through trade and taxes, but some believe that their land has been stolen from them. In Angland, a land far to the north, Bethod has crowned himself King, something that Northmen know nothing about. In Gurkhul, a land far to the south, emperor Uthman-ul-Dosht rises and wants his land back from the Union. When Kings and Emperors and Governors clash, there is only one result: war.

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Backlist Burndown: The Blade Itself (First Law Trilogy #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Backlist Burndown is a monthly meme hosted by Lisa from Tenacious Reader where you put aside at least one book from your blacklist every month to read, and then post a review of it on the last Friday of that month. Luckily for me, I rarely read new releases 😛

The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Publisher: Pyr

Publication Date: September 30, 2007 (first published May 4, 2006)

Edition: Paperback, 536 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

Fantastic characters!!!
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