|“||Has one man ever had such a range of deaths to choose from? The corner of his mouth twitched up. I can hardly wait to get started.1||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Glokta approaches the West home, calling on Ardee as the Major requested. Ardee is initially quite cold with him, but the two quickly warm to each other, recognising the same sharp intelligence yet cynicism in the other.2
Afterwards, Glokta goes to his meeting with the Arch Lector. Outside his office, he finds Vitari, black-and blue from her confrontation with Logen. Glokta is ushered into Sult, and finds the Arch Lector chewing out Superior Goyle for botching the arrest of Ferro.
When Goyle is dismissed with prejudice, Sult explains that Superior Davoust of Dagoska has disappeared. With the situation in Dagoska deteriorating, as Gurkish troops flocking to the peninsula, Glokta is appointed the new Superior of Dagoska. Despite his reticence, Glokta accepts. To help him, Sult attaches six more Practicals to his staff, including Vitari. As the pair leave together, Glokta ponders his perpetual question, “Why do I do this?”3
|Sand dan Glokta||Ferro Maljinn|
|Collem West||Logen Ninefingers|
|Ardee West||Superior Davoust|
|Arch Lector Sult|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Dagoska||The Gurkish Empire|
- Why does Glokta do this? He is extremely driven by challenges. Whether it's winning the Contest in his youth, or against the Gurkish on that bridge, Glokta wants to win. And the alternative of crippled inactivity is unimaginable.
- Right off the bat Ardee and Glokta seem to find common ground. She is completely unbowed by his deformities and he’s completely at ease with her crudeness. Not to mention both have suffered a lot in life.
- So the first book of the First Law Trilogy ends with a minimal attempts at narrative closure. It ends with the beginning of three journeys: Glokta is on his way to Dagoska; Bayaz’ band of misfit heroes are heading across The Old Empire for the Seed; and West and Dogman are off to war in Angland. The trilogy is a single book, split into three parts at relatively suitable moments.
- There some interesting analysis of the book by Abercrombie himself, here.