I would describe it more as an action-adventure with a fantasy flavor.
I have heard for quite some time that Joe Abercrombie was more of a “gritty” fantasy writer, more in the vein of George R.R. Martin than Robert Jordan. So that’s what I expected in The Blade Itself.
What I read was not gritty. I would describe it more as an action-adventure with a fantasy flavor. Actually it felt more like an urban fantasy style of writing in a medieval fantasy setting. The characters had a lot of flippancy in their dialog, and it was very fast-paced with no setting descriptions. But I’ll admit I only made it 15% through the book before I got bored.
I see that the book was nominated for a Campbell Award (for new writers) in 2008. Perhaps there was a dearth of fantasy books by new authors that year.
I’ve been distracted a bit by moving into a new place. Which is a
flimsy excuse for not writing, to be honest. Even in the middle of
moving, one can easily take an hour out of one’s day to write a
thousand words if one really _wants_ to. The truth is I have gotten
out of the habit of writing every day and getting back into it is kind
of hard, which is why 95% of potential authors don’t ever write
The good news is that I still have enough time to get a modest-sized
novel done before NaNowWriMo, so I hope to get that going soon. I have
a few characters, a neat setting, and the seed of a plot, so I have
all the pieces in place to start writing. Contrary to all of the
advice given by Writing Excuses, however, I have no clue how the story
will end. I only know that in terms of Orson Scott Card’s MICE
quotient, it is an Event story, probably made up of a series of Milieu