Red Country Extract (and other updates)

September 3rd, 2012

Some of you may be interested to learn that I’ve put up a little extract from Red Country for your viewing pleasure.  You can see it here.  Just a brief taster to whet your appetites.  And the relevant links should now be live, for those who’ve been complaining…

You may have noticed some other long overdue building work has been going on at the site, of late, and there’ll be a bit more in due course.  In particular, for those who’ve been asking, the maps from the Heroes are now available at reasonably high resolution, which may be useful to those of you with fuzzily digitised ones on your ebooks.  By heavens, I am too good to you…

Posted in Uncategorized by Joe Abercrombie on September 3rd, 2012.

49 comments so far

  • Daniel Horvat says:


    I just can’t wait for the book to hit the shelves! I work as a librarian on the adult section, in a small town in Croatia (Pula). I must say you are very popular amongst our readers, for now only the First Law trilogy has been translated to croatian, so i’ve been borrowing my own copyes of “BSC” & “The heroes” to our readers who can read english, but still there is a large portion of older people that doesn’t understand english well enough to read, so I’m hoping they’ll translate the rest soon.
    Cheers from your Croatian fans!

  • James says:

    Has anybody figured out who lamb is yet?


  • Jakub dan Worst says:

    “realistic” ;> any doubts? 😉

  • enjaip says:

    Hi Joe

    I was wondering whether the waterstones’ version of “Red Country” will have any additional material like what happened with their version of “The heroes”?

  • Matt says:

    Well played Mr Abercrombie… well played.

    *golf clap*

  • Michael says:

    Can’t I just send you some lucre in the mail and have you post me a copy back so I don’t have to wait, just between you and me, promise not to tell a soul……..!

  • john says:

    I love how the oxen are named Calder and Scale. Hsr!

  • Dan says:

    “Has anybody figured out who lamb is yet?”

    Lol! If there was any remaining doubt, then this excerpt has dispelled it utterly.

  • Phil Norris says:

    “we have to be realistic”….Scale & Calder… wonder if Dogman’s real name is Pit or Ro?

  • ColinJ says:

    Nope. Not gonna read a word of it until the whole book is in my hot little hands.

  • wtlloyd says:

    Okay, that was about a megaton of awesome.

    “It’s always coming”.

    Can’t wait, been pre-ordered for months.

  • Erik says:

    “we have to be realistic….” & “It’s always coming.” of course it is for none bloodier than Lamb. Can’t wait to read about his first run in with some northmen.

  • Jacob says:

    I can feel, hear, and see the Cormac McCarthy etched into the words…

  • Dav says:

    I think I love you, Mr Abercrombie, sir.

  • Madman42 says:

    “You have to be realistic…”

    Those old familiar words put a smile on my face!! Best ever!!

  • JonathanL says:

    I think I’ll wait to read it all in one piece, but THANK YOU for the map. If there’s one downside to eBooks, it’s that maps are ugly and inconvenient to view.

  • Yulwei says:

    That was good, very good. If I hadn’t already pre-ordered it I’d certainly do so after reading that. Sounds like you’ve got the characters speaking with a slightly Southern Drawl which might be annoying but I’ve read books written in patois so I expect I’ll be used to it in 2 pages

  • bryce says:

    ‘Then we’ll see.’

    Perhaps the most menacing line of dialogue you’ve ever written…

  • James says:

    I am now starving for more sir.

  • ColinJ says:

    Thanks for those maps, Joe. I was one who complained about the ebook versions.

    This should make a re-read a whole lot easier.

  • Nathan Adam says:

    WOW. Cant wait for the whole thing! Amazing sir. Also, I would like to know, have you thus far, or do you ever plan on writing any short stories?

  • Chris says:

    Awesome! Channeling some Dark Knight with the “some men just like to burn” line?

    You keep getting better my friend.

  • jurble says:

    i need this book

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    The Waterstones edition will again contain a small extra confection. Very much an extra rather than an essential, but it’ll be there.

  • Kreso says:


    I read it. I want more. I want this book “in my life”, as Jeremy Clarkson would say.

    BTW, Joe, since there’s another person from Croatia here, any plans on maybe visiting?
    GG Kay and a few other notable fantasy writers toured here over the years, I’m sure they’d recommend it. 🙂

  • Roger says:

    “She found an empty bottle trampled into the mud, tossed it away. They’d made no effort at hiding their sign.”

    No one else is thinking “Nicomo Cosca”? This bottle is the only clue they have on the identity of the kidnappers, and it would be very telling if it smelled of goat milk…

  • Christopher says:

    Joe (and all his fans):

    I am looking forward to Red Country, and especially reading the new characaters like Shy South.

    News from Worldcon 2012 for Joe and my fellow Abercrombie fans.

    First, in a panel discussing the characterization of strong female characters, BSC was singled out by the author of “God’s War” as a book that “gets it right”!

    Second, I attended a panel discussion on the best “new” Science Fiction & Fantasy authors. After tons of debate on what “new” means, they started to name names. I waited ever so patiently as they mentioned such prominent authors as not-Abercrombie, not-Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, not-Abercrombie, etc. I felt my inner Bloody Nine start to stir with frustration, but finally I heard the name that I needed to hear! Joe Abercrombie. It was that close my friends, Chicago came very very close to being utterly destroyed! 🙂

  • James M says:

    chris- i think its more like some Black Dow chanelling here!

  • Gary says:

    ooh, you tease! 😀

  • enjaip says:

    Cool – it’s always nice to get a little extra material. I liked the short Gorst prelude in “the heroes”. Not essential but fun nevertheless.

  • Ray Z says:

    I’m a little confused about the ‘waterstones edition’. Is it the hardcover edition currently on their website or will it be called something like ‘waterstones exclusive edition of red country’ and isn’t yet available for pre-order? will it have a different cover?

  • Ferdinand Kittlaus says:

    oh my god… i got chills.

  • Patrick89 says:

    Omfg, your extract just blew me away. Can’t wait for that book!

  • mike says:

    Surely if you loved us, you would post the entire book 🙂

    Don’t you love us…

  • Futureman says:

    So well done! I just changed my pre-order to one-day shipping.

  • SwindonNick says:

    Ah, you have a new book coming out. You should have mentioned it before.

  • T.C says:

    Intriguing stuff – So many of us have been eagerly anticipating Logen’s return.

    I’ll say one thing though. I’m just a little concerned about his alias. I mean, from the the Bloody Nine to Lamb? We have been led to believe that Shy thinks him somewhat cowardly and the name lends itself easily to this notion. I’ve been doing a bit of name conjuring myself recently and when I came to the conclusion that Lamb was Logen I found myself musing on it. The first thing that came to mind was the saying “Meek as a lamb.” That fits nicely with we’ve been led to believe so far. The second, thought to pop into my noggin was “Lamb to the slaughter.” Given his past,it’s a good fit too. My third thought, the one that most disconcertingly dug it’s boot into my head was “Sacrificial lamb.” The book isn’t even out yet and I’m thinking the worst.

    As for the maps, hanks Joe. I can always rely on you to feed my inner geek.

  • Roger says:

    The maps are great. But they would be even better if the squares and triangles were marked with the corresponding division number.

    Come on Joe, you know that you can deliver!

  • That should keep me going for a while. Not forever though, as it did a great job of teasing what’s to come. The maps look great too by the way, and it’s genuinely nice to see some extra like this from a fantasy author. Also a big help to a pal of mine who ran sections of the first book for us as a D&D game.

  • Smoochie says:

    Maps: Fab, I am prompted to re-read The Heroes on my Kindle now (as soon as I’ve finished BSC).

    Are there maps in TRC? If so, would you be so very kind as to release them on your spiffy site when the book is out?

  • Andrew says:

    Bayaz himself would have trouble finding problems with this excerpt.

  • Andrew says:

    Excuse me, extract.*

  • A-drain says:

    I pre-orded the ebook. US release on the 23 Oct. So stoked.

    Are you planing a U.S. Tour?

  • Curt J says:

    I have to ask with all the various gushiness over G.R.R.’s Game o’ Chairs being “discovered” by the masses that never even knew they liked fantasy (but loves some of the good ol’ In-Out). Any word or hints of words that someone wants to shanghai your writing and put it up on the tiny screen (although with the proliferation of 60+ inch televisions, not so tiny…) ? Just askin ? If so can we have a promise that “The Bean” is banned from the set ? Cheers!

  • Curtis says:

    Ooookay I’m good till the book gets here……

  • Andrew says:

    “If so can we have a promise that “The Bean” is banned from the set ?” – Curt J.

    Actually, if Sean Bean came in as Bethod, I would be laughing so much that it wouldn’t matter if it made no sense.

  • Spot says:

    This is the first book I’m anticipating from you (late-comer here) and I must say it’s becoming more difficult the more I read of Read Country

  • Christopher says:

    The e-book is pre-ordered! Can’t wait!!

  • Michela says:

    Just read the extract, loved it. Can’t wait to read the rest!

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