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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
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Jan 15, 2010

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

What Worked for Me: Either Abercrombie's writing is strong, or I was too engrossed in the story to notice any big missteps. I absolutely adored the Northman Logen Ninefingers, the wizard Bayaz, and his hapless apprentice Malacus Quai. Abercrombie's distribution of information is well done, and he slowly gives more and more details about the world.

What Didn't Work for Me: I found the nobleman Jezal dan Luthar just boring and irritating, with no redeeming qualities; I'm sure that was the point, but that doesn't mean I like wasting my time reading 30 pages of him whining about how nobody realizes how awesome he is. It takes a while for the story to get going, and ends rather abruptly.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to getting the next one. Definitely good for someone tired of the old fantasy genre cliches.
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