The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm going to come out and just say it, The Blade Itself kicks off with action from various point-of-view characters whose storylines intertwine in an interesting and believable way. Joe Abercrombie has created a world of fading, but still deadly magic with monuments from a legendary age made famous by legendary figures in which ordinary characters suddenly find themselves interacting with. The narrative covers locations over three continents of the First Law world, in which we observe or learn three distinct cultures thus further building up the world. But what most impressed me was not the book concluding with definite end, but instead "open ending" that made the reader yearn for Before They Are Hanged.
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