Jedan od pisaca koji se (uz Scott Lynch-a) smatra inovatorom i "novom zvezdom" fantasy žanra je Joe Abercombie. Ovaj Englez se proslavio svojom The First Law trilogijom, koju su kritčari opisali kao "delightfully twisted and evil" i "violent, witty and wicked". Danas sam nabavio prvu knjigu trilogije, po imenu The Blade Itself. Evo i blurb-a sa poleđine knjige:
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught up in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian, leaving nothing behind but some bad songs, a few dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.
Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends as cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.
Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a jar. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendships. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government… if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.
Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is fantasy with a real cutting edge.
Deluje vrlo zanimljivo. Postaje sve teže da odaberem koju knjigu sledeću da čitam - na polici mi stoji nekoliko podjednako privlačnih naslova. Na kraju ću morati da presudim starim dobrim eci-peci-pec...