Jezal dan Luthar is a young Captain in the Kings Own Regiment of the Union army. One of the three main POV characters in the First Law Trilogy. Brash and arrogant he views everyone else as inferior to himself and is only interested in his own advancement, and enjoyment. He is somewhat shy and lacking in confidence among company.
The Blade ItselfEdit
Entered into The Contest – an annual competition where the best swordsmen in the Union compete for the coveted title – he spends his time trying to not train and dreams of drinking and women.
As soon as he lays eyes on Ardee West, he is instantly attracted to her. He thinks that she looks different to all the other girls in Adua, all being pale, wraithlike skinny things. But she isn't fat. "Not fat at all."
He becomes involved with the First of the Magi Bayaz, and his quest to the far side of the world. Whilst all his comrades are preparing to ship North to fight Bethod's armies, Jezal has to head west, into the unknown.
Before They are HangedEdit
An unwilling member of the quest he begrudgingly accompanies Bayaz and his mis-matched company. Along the way the aged Magi tries to impart words of wisdom, lessons on leadership and encourages Jezal to be a man. Not being one to take kindly to others telling him what to do, Jezal sulks most of the journey.
Whilst travelling the Old Empire the company is attacked and Jezal seriously injured. His jaw broken, teeth knocked out. It is his first real fight - outside of the regulated fights in the Contest - and affects him greatly. Patched up by his companion Ferro he is left with a disfigured face, his jaw twisted. A vain man he'd always prided himself in his looks.
Last Argument of KingsEdit
After the quest to the end of the world fails, Jezal returns to Adua with the rest of the party, every piece of friendship they might have gained along the way turned into frustration with the magus. Bayaz stays with Jezal during the events of Last Argument of Kings, and is pressured into unintentional greatness. The wizard forces Jezal to take the credit for many miraculous events that he had no direct say in, gaining him popularity with the people.
When it comes to the vote for the king, Bayaz reveals that Jezal is related to the king (albeit a bastard), and has bribed various members of the Council to vote for Jezal when he steps onto the stage. Jezal forlornly watches as Adua votes him into the role of king, a position which he has no desire to fill.
After he is king, he's taken away from Ardee, and placed in the palace. It turns out that Bayaz wants him to be a puppet king, allowing the Magus to indirectly control the Union. Jezal marries Terez, the Princess of Tallins, who treats him like dirt by calling him a son of a whore and refusing to sleep with him. She declares that she is disgusted by Jezal because of his low-born blood, but it is revealed later to the reader (throught Glokta) that she is a lesbian. However, Jezal does find some satisfaction in promoting Col. West to the rank of Lord Marshall of the Army, vastly helping the war in the north.
Nothing changes after the battle in Adua, and at the end of Jezal's final scene, he stares off into the distance on the castle balcony, still in the role of king, hoping to rebuild the wrecked city.