Half a King Extract and US Cover

January 10th, 2014

The US cover for Half a King has been revealed over at io9, along with the book’s first chapter, by all means check it out here…

It’s going to be out in the UK and US in July, you lucky people…

Posted in announcements, artwork, news by Joe Abercrombie on January 10th, 2014.

17 comments so far

  • Minesh says:

    Really looking forward to this, and the extract has sharpened my anticipation – I also love the steely-sharp snowflake on the cover. Can’t wait. Well, I can, but I don’t want to.

  • Hospitaller says:

    Very much looking forward to Half a King, the preview chapter is a great hook. If this is YA(ish), then hopefully you’ll be turning an even younger generation away from predictable, trope-riddled “epic” fluff. It’s a Grimdark PSA!
    If you’re looking for something to add to your teetering “To Read” pile (and for your fans looking for something with which to kill time with until Half a King comes out this summer) you should definitely look into “The Red Knight” and the upcoming second volume “The Fell Sword” by Miles Cameron.
    The magical system he has come up with is really intriguing and the world building it top notch. Miles is veteran and a historic reenactor so his writing is incredibly well grounded. I think it gives a realistic view of the terror and confusion of hand-to-hand combat as well as making it clear just how freakin’ exhausting it is to swing a sword while wearing even a well-made (i.e. surprisingly light and mobile) suit of armor for any amount of time. Plus he paints a really interesting picture of the narrative by using multiple POV characters and sometimes “rewinding” to show the exact same moment from different POVs. It will not disappoint.

  • Vinbot says:

    I don’t even have to READ it to know I want it! Now on to more important matters. When are we getting a Dr.Seuss version of the “First Law”? Something like:

    “Logen was sad, the bloody nine was not, he really loved that flub grubbely pot!”

  • Cyle Anderson says:

    Tease! I want it now

  • Michael says:

    Loved it, Joe. Once again you prove yourself a master wordsmith.

    I could really feel the freshness of this project in your words, feel a tiny bit of the fun you must’ve had writing them.

  • Hey Joe,

    I enjoyed the little teaser… I DONT like the dust jacket.. im hoping there’s one to match the last couple of books which i always buy in Hard Cover.

    I hated some of the comments on that webpage you linked, i had to leave the page for fear of singing up, logging in and flaming them. Anyway…. love following you on twitter, your books are some of the best in the world…

    I spoke in person to RA Salvatore recently and he gave you a massive thumbs up. I reckon you should know that 🙂

    okies… looking forward to July 🙂


  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    That’s nice about Salvatore, good to know.

    It’s the US cover on io9, the UK one will be different, but it won’t match the existing ones. This is a different series with a different publisher and will have a different look.

  • JenMo says:

    Really like the cover. Lovely and scary. Summer now seems farther away.

  • DavidK says:

    Jesus. Just when I thought you were good, you’re better. You are a gifted writer, Joe. I just worry about reading this half-made thing to my pre-teen, for fear he’ll decide to call himself the “Bloody Ten.” In any event, well done. Wow.

  • Morgan says:

    You should rename this novel to “my attempt to totally cash in and make a tween movie” by Joe Abercrombie.

    Just partner up with Starz and get The Blade Itself made into a mini series. 😀

    These sycophantic ass lick posters make me ill.

  • Lewis says:

    Mmmm angry at your parents or just got out of the wrong side of the bed much Mr Morgan? A simple don’t think much of this would probably do. Either way I shall have a read of this before making a judgement and hope that the YA format doesn’t detract too much from your style Mr A

  • Brian Turner says:

    Great extract, Joe – very strong opening – looking forward to reading the rest. 🙂

  • Thorrgal says:

    Wow I was trying to find the 2 different covers (amazon.co.uk and amazon.com show the same one) when I stumbled across and amazing review of the book by my other favourite author, Robin Hobb, over at Goodreads.

    I’m sure you already know it but had to share it with the rest of the guys 😉

  • Curtis says:

    Love the hook…cant wait.

  • Jim Harley says:

    Really looking forward to this, July can’t come soon enough.

    Joe, not sure if you have control over the Audio book, but if possible bring back Steven Pacey, he did a great job on the First Law series.

  • Andrew Wilshire says:

    Read all 6 books … excellent work.

  • alec keene says:

    is red country the last in the first law books

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