Over my vacation I mentioned that I read two books. Ryan recommended them and he has pretty similar taste as me, so I picked the first two up The series is called the The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. The two books are called, The Blade Itself and Before They Are Hanged.
If you like fantasy novels with awesome descriptions of battles and vicious fight scenes, well this book is for you. If you enjoy nice things and books that do not describe cleaving a man in half with a sword, then you may want to steer clear.
Without giving a bunch of stuff away, I have decided to go a different route today. I will do a movie casting for some of the main characters.
Logen is a barbarian from the North. Fortunately though, Abercrombie does not make him a carbon copy of Conan. Logen has seen many battles and is fearful to be in them. He realizes that fear is an okay trait. He acts like he does not want to ever see a battle again, but as soon as the fighting starts, he goes into a berserker rage and thats when the bodies start piling up.
My Choice: Ray Stevenson
Captain Jezal dan Luthar
Jezal is young, very attractive (all the ladies swoon for him) and very good at fencing. He is about to compete in the fencing contest that can help propel his career. He believes he is much better than anyone who is not of nobility and definitely feels he is a step above a barbarian like Logen.
My Choice: Jonathan Rys Meyers
Inquisitor Sand dan Glokta
Glokta was once like Jezal, only better. He was the Contest winner, he went to war as a Colonel. Everyone loved him, he was rich, arrogant, and felt he was much better than everyone because of his birth, unfortunately two years in a Gurkish prison being tortured everyday will change your mind about things.
Now he is the torturer for the Inquisition, his body is crippled, his smile busted because of a lack of teeth and the ones he has are pointed and broken.
My Choice: Edward Norton
Bayaz, First of the Magi
The oldest of the Magi, a man who must be hundreds of years old. He is mysterious and powerful, but as everyone who sees him says, he does not look like the most powerful Magi. He looks a bit like a butcher is how Logen describes him.
My Choice: Derek Jacobi
Major Collem West
West is a commoner who rose up and won the Contest and was also the first through the Breach at a Gurkish War. He became friends with Glokta, but that friendship dissolves over time. He now must train Jezal to be a fighter. He has a bit of a darkside to him though, showing flashes of anger that will scare even the Northmen...
My Choice: Kevin McKidd
Well that's about it, if Ryan gets a chance to read this, I would like to hear his opinions or if anyone else has read it, or just wants to know my reasons, let me know and the comments.