Logen Ninefingers is a barbarian Northman legendary for his brutality. Glotka is a broken soldier turned Inquisition torturer. Jezal is a foppish noblemen’s son and a soldier – the mirror image of Glotka before he was crippled in battle. Ferro is a warrior woman, hell bent on nothing less than vengeance against an entire empire. And the first of the Magi, the great wizard Bayaz, has gathered them all for his own, private purposes. Say one thing about The Blade Itself, the beginning of the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, say it’s a brutal book about brutal people who are never quite all bad – and that’s what makes them so compelling.