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The Blade Itself

So, I just finished reading The Blade Itself, Book One of Joe Abercrombie's The First Law.

I've heard a lot of great things about not just this book but the whole trilogy. Now that I've read the first book I have to say: Holy Crap, that was awesome! I'm looking forward to reading the next two books (and looking forward to Abercrombie's next book set in the same world coming out later this year).

One of the things I've been paying close attention to as an aspiring author is the narrative voice of the POV characters. I've stated repeatedly that, in my opinion, no one crafts a better narrative voice right now than George R.R. Martin. He has umpteen POV characters in his series A Song of Ice and Fire and yet every one of them is unique, not just in character but in the narrative voice of the writing.

I have to add Joe Abercrombie to this short list as well. The narrative voices of the POV characters in this first book really stood out. It's one of the real strengths of the story for me.

Between Martin's Tyrion Lannister and Abercrombie's Sand dan Glokta we have two of the most interesting and unique characters in Fantasy.

Another excellent use of narrative voice is Asher in Karen Miller's The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage duology that make up Kingmaker, Kingbreaker.


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Jan. 14th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
I loved that book too, for the same reason. The characters were brilliant. I loved their little catchphrases too -- "I'm still alive!" for Ninefingers and Glokta always thinking about "body found floating off the docks".

I agree about the Innocent Mage duology too. That was a great character with a unique voice -- so hard to find in the standard "fantasyland" novel. Have you tried her "The Accidental Sorceror"? (writing as KE Mills). Very different feel, much lighter, more "operetta" than "grand opera" but still a lot of fun, and quite a change from all the deadly serious epic sagas around.

Have you got "The Painted Man" by Peter V Brett on your reading list? It's brilliant. Hang on, you're in the US, aren't you? It's called "The Warded Man" there. Best book I've read in ages. I liked it even more than the Abercrombie.
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Karen Miller's - or rather K.E. Mills' - The Accidental Sorcerer arrived last week. I'm looking forward to reading it.

As for Peter V. Brett's The Warded Man, that does not come out in the US until March and then only in Hardcover, if I recall correctly. I don't know when the paperback edition will be released. That is one book I'm definitely looking forward to.

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