Half a King Preorder Lucky Dip

May 31st, 2014

Have YOU pre-ordered Half a King in the UK, or are you about to do so?  Then you will receive a splendiferous hardcover containing an exciting fantasy adventure featuring vivid characters in an imaginatively realised viking-esque world.  That’s guaranteed.  But you will also have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime-never-to-be-repeated-until-possibly-such-time-as-I-release-another-book opportunity.

Simply fill in the form here with an order number as proof of your purchase, and on publication day, July 3rd, an exclusive number of two, TWO, lucky persons shall receive tickets to meet me, that’s right ME, at the very top of London’s famous gherkin at Harper Collins’ summer party in August.  You can exchange real words with me like the people that have already met me do.  I might even smile, like this.  But if that isn’t enough, there may be other trifling presences from the international fantasy publishing scene there, like, I don’t know, PV Brett, Robin Hobb, and some guy called George RR Martin.  I can’t promise they’ll smile at you, but you never know, that is in your own hands.

As if that weren’t enough, we all know how frustrating it can be waiting for that next book in a series, especially when the first is this flipping brilliant, therefore the lucky winners will also receive advanced reader copies of the next two books in the series, Half the World and Half a War, posted to your door well prior to publication like those proper publishing, book selling and critical review type folks receive.  But in case you’d rather have a spanking new finished hardcover edition, you’ll also get a hardcover of each book the moment they become available, all signed and dedicated and whatnot.

Truly, the gods shall have smiled upon you.  And for a chance to win these wonderful things, all you have to do is the right thing, the thing you were going to do anyway, and that’s preorder Half a King.  Hell, if you aren’t one of the lucky few, you still get a beautiful hardback containing an exciting fantasy adventure featuring vivid characters in an imaginatively realised viking-esque world.  It’s a WIN WIN.


For some preorder options, I suggest you look here…

Posted in announcements, news by Joe Abercrombie on May 31st, 2014.

34 comments so far

  • Peter+Hughes says:

    Argh, to buy the book when I’m at the signing in Liverpool before release date, or to pre-order for this splenderific opportunity? A dilemma, certainly…

  • Dafydd says:

    So, let me get this straight you will fly me all the way from Pittsburgh, Pa. to meet you? Sweet. LOL

  • Tony says:

    Any love for North Americans?

    Canada specifically. 🙂

  • Lord O'Grady of Norn Iron says:

    I shall smite all comers, bring on the WIN.

  • Glen Spratt says:

    “Have YOU pre-ordered Half a King in the UK”

    “in the UK”


    Not in the US or Canada, or Ireland, sadly.

  • Sarah T. Roberts says:

    Pre-order from Amazon: 110-7023230-6041863

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    Guys, don’t tell me the number, fill ye in the form:


  • Olof says:

    “Terms and Conditions

    This promotion is open to all UK residents, 18 and over, except employees of HarperCollins (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.”

    Could you make an exception for a Swede? Flying from Sweden to the UK can be dirt cheap.

  • Thore says:

    I did preorder it, but not the signed version and i have no idea about any order number, because i ordered it at the only local bookstore that sells english books. Well, London would be a bit far anyway…

    What about Germany? Will you bathe us in the glory of your presence and will you quench our thirst for thy knowledge, wisdom and wit anytime soonish? like in the next year?

    best regards

  • Olof says:

    As a Swedish resident i feel left out…

  • Lord+O'Grady+of+Norn+Iron says:


    I blame the heat.

    Can you remove my order number from my above post Joe?

  • Alissa says:

    I don’t even ask about Italy, anyway I’ve loved your post! I did my pre-order for the US version though, what about a contest for future ARCs open to your worldwide loyal fans?

  • Lily says:

    Ohh, but when is the Harper Collins’ event?

    I have a Discworld Convention to attend at the start of August… I would hate for them to clash (if I ever got lucky enough to win!).

  • Jay says:

    Hi Joe,
    I did preorder Half a King on the Amazon-UK-Site, but I live in Germany. Can Non-UK-Residents take part as well?

    Because I’d totally fly to London for such a prize, hell I’d even swim there.

    Best regards.

  • Jason Scott says:

    Wow!! This would be great! Sadly, Minnesota and the UK are a bit far apart. Any chance you will be doing a similar contest for just signed copies of early release books for us Yanks to get in on?!!

  • Luke says:

    Torn between pre-ordering or picking up a copy at one of the signings. Is Oxford confirmed yet? Popped into the Waterstones a few days ago and they had no info. Might see you in London otherwise.

  • Iangr says:

    Hey!This is applicable only to UK residents?
    That’s a real shame!Why not open this to your international fans?

  • Alex says:

    @Iangr My guess would be transportation costs. Plus all the different laws and regulations concerning contests in different countries. Wining something can be a complicated legal matter. 😉

    But I too am sad, since living in Germany also bars me from taking part. 🙁

  • red+snow says:

    Ok, I’ll bite. Although it’s for the digital copy so I hope that still counts? If it doesn’t, then I still got a nice price on the book but I will feel angry towards luddites.

  • Sword1001 says:

    Hey! It’s not Joe’s fault you’re all foreign . . . blame your mothers

  • Sword1001 says:

    Hey! It’s not Joe’s fault you’re all foreign . . blame your mothers 😉

  • Paul Grindrod says:

    I haven’t pre-ordered yet but I will now!

    As for the international issue – I’m just glad it’s a competition that UK residents can win. Most comps are US only!

  • Jay says:

    One would never dare to blame the Lord of Grimdark.
    It’s is merely a kind reminder, that there is much love for old Joe outside of the British Realm, as well.

  • Sword1001 says:

    Not enough love to emigrate though eh?

    And you call yourselves fans …

  • Jay says:

    Valid argument … damn.

  • Benny says:

    Any specials for Aussie pre orders?

  • Lewis says:

    Who won then Joe!!!!

  • Tanya says:

    I dropped in to see if you had a new book coming soon, and was pleasantly surprised to stumble on this 🙂 The new book is ordered and awaited with ill-concealed excitement.

    However, I don’t know what file Harper Collins are looking for as proof of the order, as they declined my JPG, BMP, and PDF. So they’ll just have to make do with my order number!

  • Phil.I.P. says:

    Tanya: I too initially had problems with entering a file name containing an image of my proof of purchase email. Eventually I tried a PNG file and that worked fine.

    HC really should have included a list of rules for the file name.

  • Tanya says:

    Phil.I.P. – thank you so much! 🙂 Best of luck to you.

  • SwindonNick says:

    A not very user friendly site at all, problems putting in my Amazon order number and it wont accept my pdf…….

  • Jamie darling says:

    Is this the place to put down my proof of purchase no.
    Order Number: 205-1087342-9403566
    1 item will be delivered to james darling from Amazon EU Sàrl. Estimated delivery: 10 July 2014 – 12 July 2014
    I have done this upon the strict understanding that I win, that my wife does not find out that I’m ordering books when I should be doing the dishes and playing with mollie instead of putting on a film for her and surfing, and my final demand IS …. That if I win and if I did speak to you that you would promise to look interested and not take the piss out of my last name…. If you do please at least be creative.

  • Becca says:

    My Amazon order.number is apparently til digits longer than the box will allow- ideas anyone?

  • Phil.I.P. says:

    Just a word of warning for those collectors who, like me, prefer to purchase 1st impressions – Half A King is already into a 2nd print run, pre-publication. So, try before you buy if you are purchasing your copy or copies in a bricks-and-mortar bookshop.

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