Abercrombie, Joe -- The Blade Itself

"Gritty" epic fantasy, or a take-down of the epic fantasy genre, if you like. I didn't like, because the grit (or take-down) involves making all the characters either unlikeable or outright disgusting. Everybody is treated with contempt. My favorite scene was the exploring-ancient-magical-temple set piece. Which is to say, as soon as the focus went back to the characters, I stopped enjoying the book again. There are two sequels, but I will be happier imagining that the orcs destroy civilization and then rocks fall.

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