The Blade Itself
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body, not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers. Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease, by cheating his friends at cards.
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Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind but bad songs, and dead friends.
Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.
Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the corrupt 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.
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Sexual Content: Several references to the act, some vulgar, but no explicit descriptions.
Violence: Many explicit fight scenes, though the one scene of domestic violence may be the more disturbing than gory sword play.
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