The Blade Itself
"The blade itself incites to deeds of violence." Homer
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
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.
Before They Are Hanged
"We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged." Heinrich Heine
Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies
and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your
predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run
– if he could even walk without a stick.
Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and
death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them
back and win undying glory. There is only one problem – he commands the worst-
armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.
And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a
perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the
South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union
make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of
saving mankind from the Eaters. If they didn't hate each other quite so much.
Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter
enemies will be forgiven – but not before they are hanged.
Last Argument of Kings
"Last Argument of Kings." Inscribed on his cannons by Louis XIV
The end is coming.
Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him – but it's going to be a
big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands
firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend, and his
oldest enemy: it's time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.
With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a
different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe, and no-one can
be trusted. As his days with a sword are far behind him, it's fortunate that
he's deadly with his remaining weapons: blackmail, threats, and torture.
Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is too painful an undertaking,
and turned his back on soldering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But
love can be painful too – and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man
when he least expects it.
The King of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt, and the nobles
scramble to steal his crown. No-one believes that the shadow of war is about to
fall across the heart of the Union. Only the First of the Magi can save the
world – but there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, than to break the