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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 can read an extract from the point of view of trustworthy straight edge Jonas Clover on the book page here, while you can see how ruthless socialite Savine dan Glokta starts the story over at Forbes.  Spoilers for previous books, it should be said.  There’ll be some further extracts coming on Friday 4th, from peace-loving family man Gunnar Broad, and Friday 11th, and I’ll be putting up a previously in the Age of Madness summary here in the next few days, for those who need to refresh their memories about the events of A Little Hatred.

In person events are out, sadly, but I’ll be doing some virtual ones instead, which are at least easier to get to.  You can find the details over here.  There’ll also be plenty of signed stock and special editions out there, and you can see how to get hold of those over here.  Proofs have now been out for some time, and while there’s been no communication yet from the Nobel, Pulitzer or Booker Committees, the first reviews are beginning to drift in. Publishers Weekly said:

“The impressive second epic fantasy of Abercrombie’s Age of Madness trilogy grounds the ongoing power struggles within the Union in issues that resonate with contemporary politics … satisfying plotting and expert subversion of genre expectations are sure to please. Readers will be gripped.”

While the Wertzone thought:

The Trouble with Peace (*****) is Abercrombie delivering what he usually does – a story packed with memorable characters, action and dark humour – but with also more attention to worldbuilding and pace. A lot happens in a constrained page count (by the standards of the genre) and the pages fly by. There’s also an increasing, Pratchett-esque attention to fantasy’s oft-unfulfilled potential to reflect the world we live in, making for a smarter and more intelligent book.”

And Novel Notions concluded:

“Incredibly mesmeric and brilliant. The trouble with reading Abercrombie’s newest book is that there’s no more new Abercrombie book to read.”

Just saying. Book 3, now officially called The Wisdom of Crowds, is close to finished – it just needs to be Line Edited, any issues thrown up by the release of Book 2 attended to, then a last pass through for the details. It’ll be out September 2021.  Most of the next couple of months will be taken up with promotion, interviews, events, and of course the horrifying question of what comes next…

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SFX on Half a War

SFX, the world’s biggest SF&F magazine, have spoken on the forthcoming Half a War, and they have spoken 5 starrily: “The final instalment in the Shattered Sea series is the perfect ending to an outstanding YA trilogy … Joe Abercrombie has long been the master of grim and gritty fantasy, but Half a War proves that he’s […]

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Half a King Published in the UK!

I am delighted to announce that the UK edition of Half a King is published today: in Hardcover, Ebook, and unabridged audiobook read by Ben Elliot. “Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain his throne. First he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one […]

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Publishers Weekly on Half a King

Let’s face it, if you’re a regular visitor to this site, the chances are reasonably high you’re already planning to give Half a King a try when it comes out in July.  But just in case any of you are still lurking on the fence, Publishers Weekly have given the book a very enthusiastic starred review (and […]

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Hot Young Fantasists

Delighted to say that I got a quote for Half a King from some George RR Martin guy. Not familiar with his work myself but apparently he wrote some Game of Thrones thing which is quite popular at the moment… “Joe Abercrombie does it again. Half a King is another page-turner from Britain’s hottest young […]

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Half a King – Early Reactions

Advance Reader Copies of Half a King have been out in the wild for a couple of weeks now and a few bold pioneers have already read and commented upon them, and I must say the onslaught of positivity is almost enough to thaw the splinter of deadly ice I have for a heart.  Shall […]

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2013 in Review

Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Birthday dear MEEEE-EEEEE.  Three cheers, anyone? Yes, indeed, another year has flowed beneath the bridge at ever-increasing speed and I am 39 today.  It’s round about 12 years since I started writing The Blade Itself back in 2001.  Some 9 years since I signed my first […]

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The First Law Reread

One of my favourite sf&f bloggers, Justin Landon, is doing a reread of the entire First Law over at Tor.com.  This week there’s a little introduction, some discussion of the series’ place in the gritty fantasy pantheon (or Grimdark, if you prefer that term), the controversial assertion that I’m older than Brent Weeks and less […]

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Rick Riordan and other Reviews

There was a time I ruthlessly tracked down and linked to every shred of opinion about my books I could find anywhere on the internet.  This was inevitable, but I’m not sure entirely helpful for anyone involved.  These days it takes something of particular interest to stir me, and I cannot help but notice an opinion […]

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