Curious King Limited Editions

May 22nd, 2022

Very pleased to announce that UK specialist publisher Curious King has just opened up the preorder book for a high end limited edition of that seminal subversive fantasy classic of the mid 2000s The Blade Itself. I’ve been pretty thoroughly consulted (and made as much of a pain in the arse of myself as you’d expect) on the art, design and layout throughout.

Art – consisting of wraparound dust jacket, endpaper and 7 colour internal illustrations – is gonna be by the magnificent Tommy Arnold with a fold-out map of the Circle of the World (yes, I know) by Jack Shepherd. Here’s the cover:

Mmmm. There are gonna be three editions – a standard edition of 500 copies letterpress printed in two colours with a foiled slipcase:

A numbered edition of 150 copies, goatskin bound:

And this terrifying monster of a lettered edition, limited to 26 copies, hand-chiselled using the shards of Narsil from solid gold tablets blessed by the pope and bound in the skin of fallen angels:

There are many further details that I don’t entirely understand about the specification of these various editions over at Curious King’s site. I should say that they will all now, including the standard edition, be signed by me. Fair warning – this is high end, specialist printing and binding aimed at enthusiasts and collectors, so the prices on some of that stuff, specially the aforementioned lettered edition, are pretty eye-watering…

The hope – if this is successful – is that we’ll carry on and give Before They are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings a matching treatment.

NOTE: The whole lot sold out within a few hours, however if you missed out and desperately want one I am told that – due to some multiple orders – there will be a few more put back up on Monday 30th May at 20.30 BST.

Posted in announcements, news by Joe Abercrombie on May 22nd, 2022.

12 comments so far

  • Kasey Gibbs says:

    You genius bastard! I love everything you write; bloody brilliant and like everyone else who has had the fortune to come across your work I cannot understand how anyone in their right mind would wish for any other movie or series.

  • Gr8Dane says:

    That. Looks. Awesome!

  • Wombat of Hoskopp says:

    Joe! You’re back! Great stuff. Thought you’d been sent to the camps. I always imagined Logen as being hairier; he’s as smooth as some Union dandy there, and looks like he flosses regularly and always uses Timotei. Apart from that, the books look lovely. Unless you’re a goat, obviously…

  • Andi says:

    Nope, that’s exactly how I saw Logen. The eyes are wonderful… you can see the rage 🙂

  • Kate Gillenwater says:

    Of course it will new successful, if the buggers would let me order RIGHT NOW you would be off to a crackin start.

  • Twerker says:

    “blessed by the pope and bound in the skin of fallen angels”.

  • Kevin Wolf says:

    I am literally 12 chapters into this book as of today and am loving ever page of it!!! This art looks amazing!

  • Finsyn says:

    Bloody. Brilliant.

  • Chris says:

    Thank you for signing all my First Law books so far.

  • Ilya says:

    SHOW. ME. GLOKTA. please…

  • Nick Talbot says:

    I just want a memory wiper. So, I can read the first FL trilogy over and over again for the “first time.”

  • Pat Archibald says:

    Love the good guys…hate the bad guys..the books all grab me from the first sentence BUT why isn’t the woman in the illustration screaming curses??? We do that when riled u know…..ask your wife…

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