The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) – A Book Review

I finished listening to the audiobook “The Blade Itself” first book in The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie a couple of days ago but couldn’t find a perfect timing to sit and write a review until now.

This book left me with mixed feelings (here is what the book is about). I gave it a 4 star rating on goodreads. This is my rating for books that I enjoyed but that didn’t wow me and this book didn’t wow me.

The Blade Itself

What I enjoyed was:

  • The author’s story telling style was interesting, fun and not complicated.
  • The well defined characters and their personalities was well portrayed.
  • The language of the book was easy to follow, no use of sophisticated words and jargon.
  • The narration of Steven Pacey was excellent. He made each character stand out and was fun to listen to.

My dislikes with the book were:

  • I didn’t feel a connection to the main characters and I don’t mean that I was looking for a hero, it’s not that kind of a story. But I didn’t get the feeling that I wanted to know what happens to them.
  • The whole book was like an introduction to the characters and their world. I felt that there wasn’t a major plot until towards the end of the book.
  • By the last couple of chapters of the book I lost interest.

This was my first read for the author and I read this book based on the high reviews and the interest to read a book from an author I haven’t read before, but I think this series is not for me. I will still follow up on the author’s books and read some of his other work and maybe get back to the First Law Trilogy later on.

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The Blade Itself – What I’m Currently Reading

It’s not really “reading” but actually What I’m Currently “Listening” to. I read many reviews that say one of the best audio books in fantasy is “The Blade Itself”. It’s the first book in the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I already had this book on my to-read list and was wondering what book to get with my audible credit, so after listening to a sample, I got it!

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This is my first read for this author, so I’m quite unfamiliar with his style but so far I’d have to say it’s very interesting (I’m about 20% through). The narrator Steven Pacey also does an excellent job narrating this book. I can tell who is speaking just by the tone and accent he uses for the character and he also does good voice acting, for example when the character whispers, when scared, when tired, etc. To make sure I’m not missing any details in the book I’m following the tor.com re-read of the book chapter by chapter. This way I also get to know the proper spelling of the characters’ names (I like to be able to visualize the spelling of a name to memorize the character better).

So far I don’t see a clear plot yet but I’m more familiar with the different characters and somewhat with the world they live in. The story line is easy to follow and there is a good level of detail when describing a scene which makes it easier to imagine.  Let’s see how the remaining of the book goes.