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Joe Abercrombie

Author of The Blade Itself

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About the Author

Joe Abercrombie is a freelance film editor, working mostly on documentaries and live music events. He lives and works in London. The First Law is his debut series. He won a Locus Award 2015 for science-fiction in the Young Adult Book Category with his title Half a King. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Works by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself (2006) 7,632 copies, 239 reviews
Before They Are Hanged (2007) 4,752 copies, 128 reviews
Last Argument of Kings (2008) 4,360 copies, 121 reviews
Best Served Cold (2009) 2,929 copies, 94 reviews
Half a King (2014) 2,249 copies, 152 reviews
The Heroes (2011) 2,019 copies, 57 reviews
Red Country (2012) 1,501 copies, 57 reviews
Half the World (2015) 1,259 copies, 74 reviews
A Little Hatred (2019) 1,239 copies, 21 reviews
Half a War (2015) 1,046 copies, 58 reviews
The Trouble With Peace (2020) 714 copies, 9 reviews
Sharp Ends (2016) 699 copies, 17 reviews
The Wisdom of Crowds (2021) 549 copies, 9 reviews
The First Law Trilogy (2012) 282 copies, 11 reviews
Two's Company (2016) 14 copies, 3 reviews
The Blade Itself, book 1 (2009) 12 copies
Some Desperado 12 copies, 1 review
Tough Times All Over 7 copies, 1 review
The Blade Itself, book 2 (2009) 6 copies
The Fool Jobs (2010) 5 copies, 1 review
Astiktan Sonra (2020) 1 copy
Ostré konce 1 copy
Krallarin Son Çaresi (2021) 1 copy

Associated Works

A Game of Thrones (1996) — Introduction, some editions — 43,177 copies, 1,125 reviews
The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) — Introduction, some editions — 10,324 copies, 438 reviews
Rogues (2014) — Contributor — 1,315 copies, 50 reviews
Dangerous Women (2013) — Contributor — 1,138 copies, 45 reviews
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (2010) — Contributor — 299 copies, 6 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Five (2011) — Contributor — 149 copies, 4 reviews
Unbound (2015) — Contributor — 108 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eight (2014) — Contributor — 105 copies, 5 reviews
Dangerous Women 3 (2014) — Contributor — 77 copies
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Nine (2015) — Contributor — 63 copies, 3 reviews
Legends: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies, 2 reviews
Grimdark Magazine #1 (2014) — Contributor — 14 copies, 1 review
Clarkesworld: Issue 116 (May 2016) (2016) — Contributor — 9 copies, 2 reviews
Grimdark Magazine Issue #19 (2019) — Contributor — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Abercrombie, Joseph Edward
Lancaster, Lancashire, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Bath, Somerset, England, UK
University of Manchester (Psychology)
short-story writer
Short biography
Joe Abercrombie is a British fantasy writer and film editor. He is the author of The First Law trilogy, as well as other fantasy books in the same setting and a trilogy of young adult novels. His novel Half a King won the 2015 Locus Award for best Young Adult book.

Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology.

Abercrombie had a job making tea at a television production company before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. As a freelance film editor, Abercrombie found himself with more free time than he previously had. With this time, he decided to reconsider a story plot he conceived while attending University.

Abercrombie began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It took a year of rejection by publishing agencies before Gillian Redfearn of Gollancz accepted the book for a five-figure deal in 2005 ("a seven-figure deal if you count the pence columns"). It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed in the succeeding two years by two other books in the trilogy, by the titles of Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings, respectively. In 2008, Joe Abercrombie was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer. That same year Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Miéville. In 2009, Abercrombie released the novel Best Served Cold. It is set in the same world as The First Law Trilogy but is a stand-alone novel. He followed with The Heroes (2011) and Red Country (2012), both again set in the world of the First Law Trilogy. The three standalone novels were later collected into an omnibus edition under the name The Great Leveller.

In 2011, Abercrombie signed a deal with Gollancz for four more books set in the First Law world. In 2013, HarperCollins' fantasy and children's imprints acquired the rights to three books by Abercrombie, aimed at younger readers. The three standalone but interconnected novels were released as the Shattered Sea trilogy.



It took me a while to get into it but got pretty decent by the end. But the biggest problem with this book is it spends the entire time just introducing you to the characters and doesn't give you enough plot to end in a cliffhanger or have any idea where the 2nd book will be going.
capincus | 238 other reviews | Jul 13, 2024 |
"Uma construção de mundo grandiosa, personagens maravilhosos e cenas de ação extraordinárias... Meio rei é o meu livro favorito de Abercrombie, e isso quer dizer muita coisa." – Patrick Rothfuss, autor de O nome do vento

Jurei vingar a morte do meu pai. Posso até ser meio homem, mas sou capaz de fazer um juramento por inteiro.

Filho caçula do rei Uthrik, Yarvi nasceu com a mão deformada e sempre foi considerado fraco pela família. Num mundo em que as leis são ditadas por pessoas de braço forte e coração frio, ser incapaz de brandir uma espada ou portar um escudo é o pior defeito de um homem.

Mas o que falta a Yarvi em força física lhe sobra em inteligência. Por isso ele estuda para ser ministro e, pelo resto da vida, curar e aconselhar. Ou pelo menos era o que ele pensava.

Certa noite, o jovem recebe a notícia de que o pai e o irmão mais velho foram assassinados e não lhe resta escolha a não ser assumir o trono. De uma hora para outra, ele precisa endurecer para vingar as duas mortes. E logo sua jornada o lança numa saga de crueldade e amargura, traição e cinismo, em que as decisões de Yarvi determinarão o destino do reino e de todo o povo.

Joe Abercrombie nos apresenta um protagonista surpreendente, numa história de percalços e amadurecimento que abre a trilogia Mar Despedaçado.
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saladeleituraberna_ | 151 other reviews | Jul 2, 2024 |

This book was much more interesting than it should've been to me, based mostly on the sheer capacity of Joe Abercrombie to write a good story and keep his readers enthralled.

The story is focused on showing the horrors of war in all of it's many forms and does an amazing job at it, but it never goes too far to make the reading experience unpleasant. The message about war very evident since the start of the book: only very stupid, crazy or broken people enjoy war in any way shape or form.

The characters are very likeable and most of them have very good plot points that manage to leave people interested. But I do believe there were a bit too many characters in the story and a couple of them end up feeling unnecessary. The conclusions to their plots are nice enough, but it really doesn't feel very warranted to have them walking around most of the story. Craw, Gorst and Beck all felt like great representations of different aspects of the theme and I loved it.

The world is great, it made me realize how much I missed this world, even though I sadly didn't get to see much of it in this story, since 99% of it happens in the same place overall, in a couple of days. That was what I meant when I said I liked this book much more than I should, I tend to hate stories that stay stationary for too long and don't branch their locations out, but it did work very well for me.

The endings were pretty great and in-line with the theme. Craw, even though he hates battle and war, knows no other life and even comes back to it in the end. Gorst gets all he ever wanted with his promotion, but he doesn't feel satisfied he's a man that built himself on violence and hatred and doesn't have anything left in his life when not in a battle. Finree understands the weight and the horrors of war and grows as a person through it, finding a renewed respect for peace. Calder grows as a person and even reaches new heights, learning to value his brother and his wife over the mere presence of power, even though he is now subjected to Bayaz's power. Beck is my favorite: he simply goes back home to live his life without war, having learned the horror it holds and the value of human life beyond it. I loved to see Shivers again, he's one of my favorite characters in this series. Corporal Tunny... goes to not fight another war, I guess. I understand the logic of his character, but he was the main one I meant when I said some characters felt unnecessary to the story.

And I do hope we get to see Bayaz dying in one of the following books in the series.

So yeah, overall not the strongest book in the series, but still a damn good story which explains it's message very clearly: Heroes are idiots or monsters.
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tuskactfour | 56 other reviews | Jun 26, 2024 |
A bit too slow and lacking in plot, but the characters and writing really carried the experience. The entire cast, especially Logen and Glotka are absolutely fantastic, and paired with the worldbuilding, so much of the writing sings in a way that really works for me. The Blade Itself does a great job of setting the rest of the story up and making me excited to see where it all goes, so I can call the book a great success as a first entry in a trilogy, even if it's not the best narrative by itself.… (more)
Crezbi | 238 other reviews | Jun 7, 2024 |



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