Joe Abercrombie gets a lot of positive reviews for his writing. A while back I tried to read his ‘Best Served Cold’ novel, but I could not get into it. I read his short story ‘Tough Times All Over’ in Rogues and I thought it was a great read. Given that and his reputation, I decided to try The Blade Itself. I did enjoy this book, the characters and the writing. My biggest complaint is that there wasn’t enough plot movement. Even in epic fantasy that takes place over several books, there is normally a conflict and resolution in each book. This didn’t bring any resolution, it set the stage for (a hopefully) great story. I give this book 3 stars.