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…