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The Wisdom of Crowds UK Cover

The UK cover of the final book in The Age of Madness trilogy, The Wisdom of Crowds, is finally ready to be revealed…

Design once again by Tomás Almeida, though obviously there’s no way he could have done it without me endlessly arguing over the exact colour of foil we would be using. And the cover copy…

Chaos. Fury. Destruction.

The Great Change is upon us . . .

Some say that to change the world you must first burn it down. Now that belief will be tested in the crucible of revolution: the Breakers and Burners have seized the levers of power, the smoke of riots has replaced the smog of industry, and all must submit to the wisdom of crowds.

With nothing left to lose, Citizen Brock is determined to become a new hero for the new age, while Citizeness Savine must turn her talents from profit to survival before she can claw her way to redemption. Orso will find that when the world is turned upside down, no one is lower than a monarch.  And in the bloody North, Rikke and her fragile Protectorate are running out of allies . . . while Black Calder gathers his forces and plots his vengeance.

The banks have fallen, the sun of the Union has been torn down, and in the darkness behind the scenes, the threads of the Weaver’s ruthless plan are slowly being drawn together . . .

I for one CANNOT WAIT.  It’s being published on September 16th in the UK, in hardback, ebook, and audio read by Steven Pacey, so it actually looks like we will realise the dream of publishing all three books exactly a year apart, which given all that’s gone on this last year or two is both shocking and gratifying. Here’s the family together, as they were always meant to be…

You can preorder via this global smart link which should send you to your local retailers. Waterstones should be doing a signed edition with an exclusive short story, but there doesn’t seem to be a specific preorder for that one up quite yet. There is actually an in-person book event scheduled in Bath for publication week – if you can remember how such things went – and we’ll hope to do more around the UK, but it’s a little unclear exactly what will be permitted by that stage, so we’ll have to see. No doubt there’ll be a bit of online stuff going on too.

As with the other books in the series, The US edition from Orbit will have a very different cover treatment but should be available on the same day.  More on that in due course…

And a note – as a couple of people have observed in the comments and elsewhere, the lion image originally used had cropped up *ahem* elsewhere. Now changed….

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2020 in Review

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve, so I guess I must be 46 today, and what a strange and messed up year 2020 has been. I’ve been able to stick to my plans for The Age of Madness but other than that all bets have been off, and with new strains of Covid appearing and tougher lockdowns coming […]

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The Wisdom of Crowds Cover Copy

Yes, yes, I know The Trouble With Peace only just came out a few weeks ago, but I’m in the process of finishing off The Wisdom of Crowds, the last book in the trilogy, and part of that has been getting the cover copy straight.  Of course the book won’t be out until September 2021 […]

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Progress Report August ’20

Believe it or not, The Trouble With Peace is out in two short weeks, and the US and UK hardcovers are both in my possession: UK art by Tomas Almeida, US by Sam Weber and Lauren Panepinto, and both beautiful in their own pleasingly distinct and different ways. Promotion ramps up, as you’d imagine. You […]

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The Trouble With Peace (Virtual) Tour

The Trouble With Peace is out in but 18 days, people.  Due to the ravages of Covid, the usual practice of filling a bookshop shoulder to shoulder with people who then queue up to be breathed on by an author has rapidly fallen in popularity.  But if the thought of NOT seeing me talk about […]

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Trouble With Peace Extract … and links

Time flipping flies and, believe it or not, it’s under a month now until The Trouble With Peace comes out.  We’ll be releasing a few extracts from the early chapters leading up the big day, and the first – a little episode from the point of view of that principled man of the North, Jonas […]

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The Trouble With Peace US Cover

And following on from last week’s UK Cover reveal, here’s the US version: With art once again by Sam Weber and design by Lauren Panepinto.  A development on the theme, as you can see, and an interesting contrast with the UK approach… The book’s due to be published at the very same time as the […]

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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 […]

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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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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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