This is one of those books that I have seen recommended by employees at some of the book stores I often go to. In my resolution for 2012 to start more good series, this is one, part one of the The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie.
It is the story of Logen, fighter from the North. Of Bayaz, First of the Magi. Of Jezal, lazy nobleman. Of Glokta, tortured torturer for the inquisition. All live in a world where the Union is under threat of war from the North and South, and under threat of corruption and laziness from inside the country itself. The land has known magic, but that was a long time ago, and few people believe that the stories about the First of the Magi and the Maker are more than myths. The story follows the different characters chapter by chapter, watching them all come together in the end.
The story reminded me a lot of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, because of the different characters that are being followed, the political intrigue, the thread of supernatural beings, the violence… The book was clearly a part one, setting up the characters, gathering the group (I want to say fellowship here, although I am not sure about this group’s goal). When the book ends, the story continues. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make me wish I already had book two on my shelves to read next. Anyway, another great fantasy story without too many fantasy (some magic, no dragons or elves) and intrigue. Four out of five stars.