10 Fantasy Books Better Than ‘The Blade Itself’, According to Goodreads - The Fantasy Review

10 Fantasy Books Better Than ‘The Blade Itself’, According to Goodreads

Here is a list of 10 Fantasy Books Better Than ‘The Blade Itself’, According to Goodreads.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is the first book in the First Law Trilogy and currently has a rating of 4.20 on Goodreads. These following fantasy books (all also the first book in a series, or a standalone), have a higher rating than this brilliant grimdark story.

Illborn (The Illborn Saga, #1) by Daniel T. Jackson

Fantasy Books Rated Higher Than The Blade Itself

Goodreads Rating: 4.22

From the blurb:

Long ago, The Lord Aiduel emerged from the deserts of the Holy Land, possessed with divine powers. He used these to forcibly unite the peoples of Angall, before His ascension to heaven.

Over eight hundred years later, in a medieval world which is threatened by war and religious persecution, four young men and women begin to develop supernatural abilities. These forbidden and secret powers will shatter the lives that they have known, and will force each of them to confront the mystery of the ethereal Gate which haunts their dreams. What does the dream mean, and how is it connected to their burgeoning abilities?

The Ember Blade (The Darkwater Legacy, #1) by Chris Wooding

Fantasy Books Rated Higher Than The Blade Itself

Goodreads Rating: 4.23

From the blurb:

Empires rise, civilisations fall and one culture comes to subsume another. It’s the way of the world . . . sometimes ways of life are improved, sometimes they are not. But the progression of change is huge and – usually – unstoppable.

In this story, the Ossian way of life is fading and the Dachen way is taking its place and Aren is comfortable with that. Even when his parents are accused of treason he supports the establishment and maintains there’s been some mistake . . . which is all it takes to get himself and his best friend arrested . . .

The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga, #1) by John Gwynne

Fantasy Books Rated Higher Than The Blade Itself

Goodreads Rating: 4.24

From the blurb:

A century has passed since the gods fought and drove themselves to extinction. Now only their bones remain, promising great power to those brave enough to seek them out.

As whispers of war echo across the land of Vigrid, fate follows in the footsteps of three warriors: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman pursuing battle fame, and a thrall seeking vengeance among the mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga, #1) by Pierce Brown

Fantasy Books Rated Higher Than The Blade Itself

Goodreads Rating: 4.25

From the blurb:

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he toils willingly, trusting that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

The Warded Man/The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, #1) by Peter V. Brett

Goodreads Rating: 4.25

From the blurb:

As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way.

Legacy of the Brightwash (Tainted Dominion, #1) by Krystle Matar

Goodreads Rating: 4.26

From the blurb:

Tashué’s faith in the law is beginning to crack. Three years ago, he stood by when the Authority condemned Jason to the brutality of the Rift for non-compliance. When Tashué’s son refused to register as tainted, the laws had to be upheld. He’d never doubted his job as a Regulation Officer before, but three years of watching your son wither away can break down even the strongest convictions.

Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Goodreads Rating: 4.29

From the blurb:

In the world of Warbreaker, each person is born endowed with the power of one Breath―which can be sold and collected by others, then used to Awaken objects and even corpses to do their bidding. A few individuals who die in glory return as gods, with the power of thousands of Breath, but no memory of their mortal lives―and are enthroned in the Court of Gods in Hallandren’s capital.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) by Scott Lynch

Goodreads Rating: 4.31

From the blurb:

An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.

The Price of Power (The Price of Power, #1) by Michael Michel

Goodreads Rating: 4.34

From the blurb:

Prince Barodane could not hold back the darkness. Not even in himself. He laid an innocent city in its grave and then died a hero.

In his absence, war whispers across the land.

Power-hungry highborn dispatch spies and assassins to the shadows as they maneuver for the throne, while an even greater threat rises in the South. Monsters and cultists flock to the banners of a mad prophet determined to control reality…and then shatter it….

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan

Fantasy Books Rated Higher Than The Blade Itself

Goodreads Rating: 4.42

From the blurb:

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order to be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate and dangerous life of a warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.
Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the Unified Realm—and Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order.

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  1. The fact that any of the books mentioned in this article are rated higher than anything written by Joe Abercombie only proves how worthless Goodreads reviews are.

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