A Little Hatred

(2019)

“A tale of brute force and subtle magic on the cusp of an industrial revolution … Buckle your seat belts for this one.”

Robin Hobb, Author of the Farseer Trilogy

“A tale of brute force and subtle magic on the cusp of an industrial revolution … Buckle your seat belts for this one.”

Robin Hobb, Author of the Farseer Trilogy

Book One of The Age of Madness

“The age is running mad after innovation; and all the business of the world is to be done in a new way.” – Dr Johnson

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…

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Reviews and Plaudits

A Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller

"With expert craft, Abercrombie lays the groundwork for another thrilling trilogy."

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"There are plenty of new characters you'll love to hate - and a couple that you'll hate to love too. All told within a complex, fascinating plot that will keep you up long after bed time."

The Sun, Five Star Review

"Abercrombie examines the effects of social upheaval and the use and abuse of power through the viewpoints of a large cast, from kings, princes, warriors and seers to businessmen and women; the characterisation is little short of brilliant. The plot is labyrinthine, with trademark Abercrombie twists and turns and reversals of fortune. He writes of slum life with graphic realism, and his rendering of battle scenes is to die for."

The Guardian

"Abercrombie unerringly juggles a large cast of multifaceted, morally ambiguous characters ... Taken together, this unflinching depiction of human nature becomes slow-motion tragedy on a grand scale, shot through with moments of humor, excitement, and hope. For Abercrombie fans, there are nods to his First Law series, but this first volume in a new trilogy is an excellent starting point for new readers."

Booklist, Starred Review

"Abercrombie squeezes your heart till it matches his beat. No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie."

Pierce Brown, Author of Red Rising

"Although crammed with characters and detail, the intricately woven story never slackens its merciless grip as we follow our heroes and heroines through battlefields, boardrooms and bedrooms to their destinies - deserved and undeserved alike."

The Daily Mail

"Written with confident style and providing unfailing entertainment, this is Abercrombie at his gritty best and the opening to a new trilogy that could prove to be a masterpiece of fantasy fiction."

Starburst Magazine

"Instead of pushing to differentiate itself from the themes and aesthetics that have proven so popular this last decade and a half, A Little Hatred leans into them in all the right ways, supplants gore with crafted characters, replaces pointlessly explicit dialogue with meaningful (still explicit) discourse, and exchanges needlessly complicated magic systems with the familiar, all-too-real motivations of greed, lust, and, most pervasive, hatred."

The Arcanist

"Rife with emotion with wit to spare, both honed to an effortlessly fine edge. A Little Hatred is the joy of watching a master of the craft with his tools at their sharpest."

Sam Sykes, author of Seven Blades in Black

"This book is exceptional. Indisputably, spectacularly, criminally good. Clever, funny, and packed with cutting commentary."

Fantasy Book Review

"Brutal, unforgiving and terribly fun. Everything awesome that readers have come to expect from Joe Abercrombie."

Brian McClellan, author of The Powder Mage Trilogy

"A Little Hatred is Abercrombie at his very best: witty, wise, and whip-smart. Masterfully plotted . . . . I had high hopes for this book, and it exceeded them all."

Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

“Abercrombie returns to the world of The First Law without missing a beat, displaying the same incredible empathy, evocative prose, and intensely relatable characters, all navigating one of the most intricate and well-constructed plot mazes I’ve ever had the pleasure to navigate.”

Myke Cole, Author of Control Point