Saturday, December 31, 2016
18. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (book 1 of the First Law trilogy)
First of all, it begins with a bang. The first pages are a brief, but intense action moment, almost like starting after a cliffhanger that also revealed a really cool character. From there, the book delivered a ton of the kind of political machinations that I like, more appealing and interesting characters and lots of great moments of ass-kicking and revelation of superior skills. Though I doubted it was possible, the fantasy world is pretty interesting. I love the dying empire element, especially to constrast (or render palatable) our own current dying empire scenario the U.S. seems to be accelerating towards.
I won't go into the storyline, because it is kind of complicated and the whole point of the first book is to slowly reveal all the layers of the story that is going to take up the rest of the trilogy (which I am now eager to keep reading). But it's cool and fun as hell, believe me. If you like this sort of thing. Which I do.