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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie was the Alternate Pick to the official Sword and Laser Book Club selection. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Reading period: Jun, 2010 - Jul, 2010


How/Why was this book chosen:

This was chosen because a lot of Sword & Laser's Goodreads Group didn't want to read a Zombie genre book.

This book was 2nd in the poll for this months book selection.


Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of The Blade Itself

Sword & Laser Podcasts: Kick Off: S&L 35 Check In: S&L 36

The Blade Itself by Joe AbercrombieEdit

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.


Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glotka a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

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