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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
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May 28, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, nook, nook-own, read-in-2014
Read from April 17 to May 28, 2014

After so many glowing recommendations from various people, I'd been meaning to read this for a long time now. I'd heard so many comparisons to Game of Thrones, which I can definitely see why they're made, but this is definitely its own kind of gritty fantasy. While this is also political, the characters feel like they're from a much broader range of upbringing and birth. I was really happy with the contrast between all of the perspectives in here, especially when Ferro Maljinn is introduced in all her glory.

This gave me some really fond memory of old epic fantasies I grew up reading but with a definite more adult spin to them. The characters are all old fantasy genre archetypes in terms of their positions or classes, but with interesting twists. Glokta, of course, is in his own category of interesting and I'm loving seeing where things will go with him--his passages are particularly painful to read as his horrible injuries can practically be felt as I read.

Definitely seeing what the hype is all about with this, but then again I shouldn't be terribly surprised when favorite authors like Patrick Rothfuss talk about how great this is.

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