A Little Hatred US Cover

May 20th, 2019

Drumroll please, for here is the cover for A Little Hatred in the US…


Artwork by Sam Weber, design by Lauren Panepinto.

Interesting, actually, as the US and UK could hardly be more different.  Probably says all kinds of interesting things about the differences between the two markets, where I’m at in those markets, and the different wider readerships the publishers are aiming to reach out to…

This is the hardcover look, incidentally – there may well be some changes to the typography for the paperbacks which match the previous US trade editions of the First Law and standalones more closely.

Current publication dates are September 17th in the US and September 19th in the UK.  I imagine those are now pretty firm…

Posted in announcements, artwork by Joe Abercrombie on May 20th, 2019.

35 comments so far

  • Glyn says:

    Love this cover… that’s me getting another copy in order…

  • Kevin says:

    I’m in the US and bought The Heroes because I noticed the cover as I browsed through the bookstore. The grittiness of the image and the threat of violence it conveyed helped turn me on to my favorite series. “But a sword…a sword has a voice.”

  • P Taegel says:

    Excited for this.

  • Mike Nicholson says:

    I was kind of hoping for a parchment themed style like the original books, but I guess that’s too old fashioned 🙁

    Regardless, looking forward to the new book!!

  • Drabman says:

    Just wondering why the US readers are getting it first?!

    Excited for this though, currently re-reading the First Law trilogy and loving every second. Bring on September 19th.

  • Eric S. says:

    Very nice. I can’t wait. Does anyone know if Mr. Abercrombie makes his rounds in the U.S. for book signings?

  • LastSaneMan says:

    The UK cover is much more awesome. Can’t wait to read!

  • Mike Schmidt says:

    The cover looks great and I think it’s quite an honor that you have a recommendation by Robin Hobb!

  • Sam John says:

    Amazingly suave. Is there any significance of that particular helmet in the books or just thought it looked good?

  • Nick Dobson says:

    I think they’re both good, but I would be curious to know why the publisher made these choices.

  • Glongdor Brownhands says:

    I can’t help but read that recommendation as letting me know that Joe Abercrombie is great at buckling my seatbelt

  • Mithfanion says:

    I do prefer this cover to the UK cover, where that was the other way around for the earlier First Law books.

    Plus US hardcovers are much better quality books, so I know what I will be getting.

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    US tends to publish on tuesday, UK on a thursday, don’t ask me why.

    Eric S,
    Unconfirmed whether I’ll make it to the US for any events this time around – always a bit unlikely just because of the cost and effort of getting me there.

  • David says:

    It’s a good looking cover but I think the US publisher was motivated more by Westeros than Angland. I prefer the UK cover but I am Canadian and we are too small of a market to rate our own cover.

  • Chad says:

    Come buckle my seatbelt Abercrombie!

    Also, the USA version is more kickass. This accounts for the differences between the two covers and nations. :0

  • Tom says:

    I much prefer the UK one. The Golden Sun of the Union. This one looks cool, but s generic.

  • Kristijan Tomasović says:

    So we can expect wolves with red eyes or something in that sense, Mr. Abercrombie?

  • Dozie says:

    When are we getting a TV series for The First Law??? The world is ready.

  • Ilokir says:

    When you decide to make a TV series, let’s hope it won’t go the same direction as Game of Thrones.. The First Law series deserves more than that.

    Really looking forward to the new book.. I’m dreaming of a signed copy, but that will be complicated here in France.

  • Thomas says:

    Hi Joe
    Waterstones has “A little hatred” in the signed edition at 640 pages, and the unsigned edition at 480 pages. Does that mean the bonus story is at 160 pages?

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    I haven’t seen the last series of GoT yet, so no spoilers please, but look, man, let’s be honest, if I was George RR Martin, I’d be delighted. Sure, nothing’s ever perfect, but from a writer’s point of view, there are worse things than having your book adapted into the popular culture phenomenon of the decade.

    No. The story’s 3,500 words. About 2% of the whole book. It’s really not essential by any means. But all the hardcovers that waterstones sell, whether signed or unsigned, should have the story in, I believe. The book’s only just been typeset and the story hasn’t been yet so there’s no way their page counts are accurate.

  • Troy Evans says:

    im also trying to understand the significance of the wolf on the helmet if there is any. i can’t think on any prior scene in regards to a wolf but maybe something forthcoming.. regardless though it does look bad ass and looking forward to digging back into the world. its been far too long since the last book of yours.

  • NotJohn says:

    Shattered Sea could be a Netflix series. First Law would be a fantastic anime, that would be nice. It’s not too late to have literally thousands of people name their babies after your characters. The cover looks graphic designey. It should be more stylized or more detailed but it’s somewhere in between. But hey, when I pulled the blade itself of the shelf and saw the weird fo parchment cover I read it anyway.

  • Lars F. says:

    Incredibly handsome cover. This is my most anticipated book at the moment, and I’m really eager to return to the world of the First Law. It’s been much too long.

  • Adam says:

    Good news! I read all of these a looong while back, and am just going through them again (in audiobook form) with, who other, Steven Pacey. I hate to tell you, but I think there’s an extra depth to it now (almost like a radio play) as opposed to just written.

    I propose to anyone reading this, we find a leader to begin a GoFundMe.. and we’ll raise enough money to hire somebody British and mean looking, to sit outside Joe’s place and just calmly shake his head every time he tries to leave his house.

    I suspect with a solid amount of donations we could raise production of these books to two, possibly even three a year!

  • Aaron says:

    I’m too incompetent a reader to enjoy these books without the skills that Steven Pacey provides to masterfully bring all the details and characters to life. Please ensure you keep him on retainer and insist he looks both ways before crossing any roads to secure in my opinion the best platform for all your future work.

  • Axl says:

    Just want to say I have bought every book you’ve written and I’ve already lost a few despite you being a relatively newer author. You’re an amazing writer and I will support you as long as you’re around. Thank you Joe. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store, you can go to any height in this business. It is all possible for you. Again thanks.

  • jim says:

    “When are we getting a TV series for The First Law??? The world is ready.”

    personally i dont understand why some of your stuff hasnt been picked up for an HBO type thing. shattered sea series would make a great three season series and has the key components for success, interesting characters, interesting character arcs and a compelling story. things that GOT had. the only real issue with HBO GOT is the show runners got ahead of martin and ran out of the secret sauce that grrm is famous for.

  • Troy Evans says:

    A TV series would be cool but I’m waiting on dark souls meets the first law in the brand new epic video game from Fromsoftware. Sigh if only…

  • Helen says:

    Geez, people still slagging GOT. I thought it went quite well. Remember people, he hasn’t finished the books! Read them and either like it or not – and if not, shut up.
    And this is Mr Abercrombies site, not Mr Martins.
    Lets stick with saying how cool these books are.
    Somewhat more humorous than GOT in some ways. I have read the first 3, and have 4 on the way….this is only the second authors fantasy I have ever liked, so great stuff IMO. Rather like that book cover, no idea which mine is having, never mind it’s the content that matters. If mine has the other, I’ll print a copy off and paste it into the inside cover. There.

  • Wiley says:

    I’m very excited for the release of this book! Please, for the love of all that is holy, tell me that Steven Pacey will be narrating the audiobook!

  • Churel says:

    The US cover is bloody amazing.
    And what do we germans get? Oh right..
    “magical blades”

  • Michael Alexander says:

    I have to say, I do like the US version much better. Those cover producers and artists know what they are doing.

    I’m from the US, and when I saw the UK cover, I was like. “oh that’s pretty cool”

    The US cover… “WOW, that’s bada$$!”

  • Faye Gamache says:

    I love the characters in Joe’s books. I can hardly wait for a new one.

  • Chris Bailey says:

    Love this cover art; kind of a Vendel/Valsgarde vibe with some Uhtred thrown in. Just pre-ordered from Goldsbro, looking forward to it.

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