A Little Hatred UK Cover

April 4th, 2019

Time to reveal the new cover direction for A Little Hatred in the UK…

Design by Tomás Almeida.  The familiar parchment covers of The First Law and standalone books had served us extremely well, but we really couldn’t see any way to develop it further, and didn’t want to take a step backwards, so time for a slightly different approach as the Circle of the World moves into a more industrial age.  The cover copy, for those benighted people not following my every post:

“The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.

Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…”

A Little Hatred will be coming to the UK from Gollancz on the 19th of September this year, in Hardcover, E-Book and Audio read by the incomparable Steven Pacey.  It’s the first in a trilogy we’re calling The Age of Madness, and books 2 and 3: The Trouble with Peace and The Beautiful Machine are already drafted and should follow yearly in September 2020 and 2021.  Such is the plan.

The US edition from Orbit will have a very different cover treatment but should be available at very much the same time.  More on that as I have it…

Posted in announcements, artwork, news by Joe Abercrombie on April 4th, 2019.

34 comments so far

  • Iangr says:

    Loving it!
    It’s evolution without loosing the appeal of the first trilogy.
    Bottom line – If I’d never known who Abercrombie was and saw this on the fantasy shelve of a bookstore I’d definitely be intrigued

    PS: Progress eh?Do you think the Union will face a Starikexit or a Dagoskexit any time in the foreseeable future?

  • Aleksandar says:

    I have read most of your books, several times and i cannot wait for this one! The cover is awesome, by the way!

  • Tahar says:

    I am genuinely happy. I cannot wait.

  • Antonio Brother of Kikas says:

    Hi Joe, super stoked to get back to the Circle of the World! Any chance you’ll be doing a book tour to promote A Little Hatred?

  • Jeff says:

    I have loved everything you’ve written and I’m very excited to read this new series why the different cover treatment for those of us in the US I wonder.

  • Johannes says:

    The cover has convinced me to double-dip and buy a physical copy for the aesthetic boost to my bookshelf. But can’t wait for Steven’s narration on my commutes once this launches (his narration is a tonic to the ears).

  • Roo Murray says:

    Damn the Guardian, how come hey get to read it first??

  • Aaron says:

    Super excited to read this, man! Glad there’s still elements of fantasy in the books – I was really worried those would entirely dry up.

  • Yay! Plus, is this the first ‘Coal-Punk’ novel?

  • Jesse says:

    Having this announced on my birthday is the best gift! I have listened to all your books in the first law universe 5+ times and have yet to get bored. Thanks for all the hard work you put into these stories and cannot wait to continue the adventure!

  • Schaper says:

    Hey Joe,
    i am very exited about this news and the cover, i hope we people in Germany do not have to wait too long for a translation (do you know something?) and the cover is something similar this time 🙂

    Wish you much success with “the age of madness”, im looking forward


  • Alexander says:

    I really hope, Logan will be there again, too!

  • Sander says:

    I’m so excited.

    Still cant believe Glokta has a child hehehe

  • Clovis says:

    Will Black Calder be in it?

  • Sally says:


  • Clovis says:

    Please say Black Calder will be in!!!

  • Manuel says:

    beautiful cover!
    I have loved everything you’ve written and I’m very excited to read this new series.

  • Artem says:

    Hey Joe, this books sounds awesome, I love that you’re cranking up the politics in First Law and advancing forward in time to what looks like some sort of Industrial Age. Can’t wait to read about the revolution in First Law! I know your characters definitely won’t be making excuses for the terror.

  • Nocan Weight says:

    I don’t want to wait till September, can anyone stir up some hurry up with Mr Abercrombie, or my blue skies will turn into a red country and turn all I know to serving up cold vengeance that only some hero’s can quell.

  • Such a beautiful cover, nice work! feels a bit sad not seeing more parchment, but the alternative looks awesome!

  • Mark says:

    Pre-order in the bag!

  • Poop Sack says:

    Here’s hoping for a standalone pirate novel in the vein of Red Country after this series.

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  • Rich M says:

    Thank you so much for your hard work. Your fans really appreciate it. I’ll be booking a day (or two) off work when it drops. Rich Munkacsi, Brisbane, Australia

  • I, the great commentator says:

    I await this with great anticipation. Thanks for the updates Joe.

  • Anton says:


  • Steve Hick says:

    Damn, we is the preview of the US cover coming out?

  • Kin says:

    When I was pregnant, my husband wanted to call our baby Logan, after the Bloody Nine himself. I suggested that as much as I love the character, a beserking barbarian is probably not the best role model. So we chose another name. Imagine, if you will, the sheer smugness on his face as we read the blurb for your new book. Well at least we named him Leo first….

  • Eddie Burton says:

    Amazing news that the first law world lives on. I’ve only experienced it via Audible with the legend that is Steven Pacey, the perfect partnership of talent.

    I’ve read fantasy for thirty odd years and although I haven’t physically held these books, I hold them as some of the greatest written. To be brought to life by Steven is a wonderful experience I have revisited over and over again!

    PS Glokta and Nine Fingers are hands down the most breathtaking characters I’ve ever read!!

  • Paul Hart says:

    That can’t be right…

    Still 138 days to go till release – according to my Audible account.

    Great news about Steven Pacey narrating again!

    Seems a long time ago since I received ‘The Blade itself’ as the Editor’s choice from the Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club. Think i was too lazy to call the automated line and cancel the choice – as you had to in those days, and it just turned up, to lie unread for six months.

    When I did start to read it though – demolished in two sittings. I just loved the gear changes when Logan would kick-off. I just hadn’t read anything like that before, and one of the few similar experiences since is when Jo Nesbo’s ‘Harry Hole’ goes haywire when he goes on a bender.

    Well done Joe – I’m really looking forward to this trilogy.

  • Cheuque says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    A book per year of the greatest author of the gender is a gift. I can´t wait to have this new trilogy on my hands…

    Many familiar names, new battles, new heroes, new villians in the Circle of the World… what a great news man.

    Let´s hope for more “Bloody” acts!!

    Regards from Chile.

  • Matthew faux says:

    Im so excited for the next trilogy I’m giggly like a school girl inside
    For the return of glokta and luthar well that’ll be great to read about
    Plus I’m hoping the return of nine fingers

    Also do love Steven pacey voice work as always

  • Prez says:

    Brilliant……………..can’t wait to read it, it’s going to be magnificent!

  • Brad says:

    Hey joe, is there a chance of getting an image only of this? It’d make a fantastic wallpaper.

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