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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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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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A First Law Re-Read

The first step in the lengthy process of revising and rewriting my new trilogy is re-reading all the other First Law books, the details of which have become in some cases a little sketchy, I will confess, to make sure there’s nothing I’ve forgotten, or got wrong, no useful characters or relationships left out, no […]

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Medio Rey (and other Spanish events)

The Spanish edition of Half a King, Medio Rey, is published tomorrow, May 7th by Penguin Random House’s new SF&F imprint Fantascy: There’s also going to be a Catalan edition in due course, I believe. I’m going to be in Barcelona to meet bloggers and booksellers and do some interviews, and will be signing on […]

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Half the World Published in the UK

Half the World is published in the UK, let ring the bells! Signed copies have been leaking out via Waterstones for some time now, in fact, but Amazon and other retailers should be shipping and stocking as of today.  The mass-market paperback of Half a King, meanwhile has already been out for a couple of weeks: […]

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Half a King UK MMP Cover

Because one cover reveal in a week is never enough, here’s the forthcoming UK Mass Market Paperback cover for Half a King: A less graphic, more filmic design choice … This one’s going to be hitting British stores in January, just ahead of the February release of the hardcover Half the World.  You can find some […]

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Half a King Limited Edition

Subterranean Press have produced some beautiful editions of my six First Law books already, but they’re cooking up something more than a little bit special for Half a King and its sequels, an oversize 7×10 inch hardcover printed in two colours on 80# Finch (that’s really, really good paper to the layman) and with cover and […]

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ARCs

Call them what you like: Bound Proofs, Galleys, Advance Reader Copies (ARCs), Advance Reader Editions (AREs), Advance Reader Special Editions (ARSEs), they are a staple of the publishing world.  Essentially these are not-quite-final versions of the book sent out well before publication, to reviewers that they may have time to review, to other authors that […]

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True Fans

A short while ago I was admiring Brent’s commitment to the cause by getting a full sleeve done First Law style.  Ever since I have been positively bombarded by photos of people’s First Law themed tattoos.  Well.  Two of them. Step forward the chest of James: And the freshly inked forearm of Hayden: Congratulations, fellas, you […]

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