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The Trouble With Peace UK Cover

Time to reveal the UK cover for the second book in The Age of Madness trilogy, The Trouble With Peace

Design once more by Tomás Almeida.  And the cover copy…

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.

The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.

I for one CANNOT WAIT.  It’s being published on September 15th in the UK, in hardback, ebook, and audio read by Steven Pacey.  You can preorder via this global smart link which should send you to your local retailers, by following the relevant links on its book page, or you can preorder the Waterstones signed edition (including an exclusive short story) over here.

As with A Little Hatred, The US edition from Orbit will have a very different cover treatment but should be available on the same day.  More on that very shortly…

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Progress Report April ’20

Damn it, I’m a day late with my progress report, but then I’m having some trouble remembering what month it is lately, let alone what day of the month.  Strange times, it hardly needs to be said.  The strangest I’ve ever lived through.  On one level it puts one’s worries in previous times in perspective, […]

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The Trouble With Peace Cover Copy

Looks like the cover copy (what some would call the blurb) for the forthcoming The Trouble With Peace has made its way out into the world… “Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion. Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . . Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But […]

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Progress Report February ’20

Ah, the months march on, and so does the work. Had a great trip to Spain for the release of A Little Hatred over there, and did a whole lot of press. For some reason, though there are certainly places I sell more books, I’m more in demand for interviews in Spain than I am […]

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2019 in Review

This, I believe, and I say it with a heavy heart, is my TENTH annual review. Ten years this blog has been (somewhat fitfully) running. Which means, and I say this with an even heavier heart, that I should probably be doing a review of the decade, but I flatly refuse to do that, since […]

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Progress Report October ’19

Well, A Little Hatred is out there, and it feels good to be back in the publishing game, I must say. First book published since Sharp Ends, three and a half years ago.  First novel since Half a War, more than four years ago.  First First Law book since Red Country seven years ago, which […]

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A Little Hatred Publication Day

Let ring the bells, for my latest penny dreadful, A Little Hatred, is today published in the US and UK in hardcover, e-book and audiobook read by Steven Pacey.  It’s been 7 years since my last novel in the First Law world, so thanks for your patience.  Hopefully it will be richly rewarded, for The Age […]

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UK Tour, Friends and Enemies

A little update to the UK tour happening in but a couple of weeks… Typically the lunchtime events are just a signing, open to all, the evening ones are reading, talk, questions then signing, or in a few cases, now, an ‘in conversation’ style event with a few friends o’ mine, which will generally take […]

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Progress Report August ’19

Oooh, A Little Hatred is out in the US and UK in less than three weeks and my palms are getting tingly. Final copies of the UK hardcover and trade paperback have arrived and they look seriously beautiful. I mean I always loved the parchment covers but time moves on and these have a real depth […]

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Worldcon 2019

I shall be at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin for a few days in August and have quite the packed schedule of panels, readings, signings, and generally talking nonsense in various contexts.  Some details:   Writing beyond king and colony Format: Panel 16 Aug 2019, Friday 10:00 – 10:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD) Fantasy novels often […]

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