The Blade Itself (Book 1 of 3) by Joe Abercrombie, 5 out of 5 stars
This has become one of my all time favorites and I can’t wait to get into the second book! If you like Game of Thrones/ASOIAF but the books are too long or tedious, try this one. The characters are interesting, the chapters are fairly short and easy to digest, and the book is both dark and funny. It is a fantasy book but the magic is incorporated just enough to always leave you wanting more. You’re never sure when it’s going to pop up. Glokta is by far my favorite character, a cynical but witty Inquisitor, but all of the characters have depth and even the unlikable ones are interesting. No one seems to fit into a strictly “good” or “bad” label, which is probably what makes them so interesting. Give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed!
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