WOW what a book. An incredible fantasy story that is very character driven. “The Blade Itself” is an interesting story and its world is pretty complex. The cast of characters however is the major highlight of this book. The line between hero and villain is foggy. Each one is broken in a way yet they all have some sort of redeeming qualities. Even the cripple who tortures people for a living has some admirable traits. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but it revolves around murderous conspiracies, old scores, and a war that is brewing. Basically this whole book is a powder keg waiting to explode.
And that’s where the flaw lies.The one thing that held me back was that this whole book feels like a giant build up. Don’t get me wrong exciting stuff happens throughout the book. But it felt very “Stephen King” like with the direction this book was heading in the hype department. By that I mean the story kept building and building until it sort of just ended. Despite this annoyance “The Blade Itself” is still a great read, highly recommend.