Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself,as reviewed in Romantic Times magazine, October 2007:
“Abercrombie kicks off his series masterfully with a heroic fantasy without conventional heroes. Its clearly the characters that take center stage here. Their dialogue is full of cynicism and wit, their lives full of intrigue, battles and magic.”
Also awarded 4 ½ stars and defined as “Fantastic — Keeper.” Sweet.
Meanwhile, a Reader Review on SFFWorld, from PapaJ, which describes the book as "tight, character driven and with characters that are 'believable' and ones that I could identify with easily, yet complex and mysterious. The universe feels expansive yet is without the fluff of detail that bogs down many fantasy novels... All round well balanced, tight, quality fantasy fiction."