Those wonderful folks at Gollancz have released the cover for my forthcoming collection of short stories, Sharp Ends, and it looks a little something like this…
Artwork by Dave Senior, designed as always by the brilliant Laura Brett. For those who don’t know, it contains thirteen stories, all set in the world of the First Law. Here’s the blurb:
The Union may be full of bastards, but there’s only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.
Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.
Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.
And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There’s only one obstacle left – his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine . . .
Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning short tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue’s gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.
And you can find a full table of contents and brief description of each story over here. A big part of the charm of these covers has always been the way they wrap all the way around that beautiful hardcover, so…
Yes, indeed, it picks up the parchmenty map stylings that have for so long been a First Law hallmark, but this time you’re getting a map of the whole Circle of the World. Obscured by words and other bits and pieces, of course but, fear not, I’m reasonably sure you’ll get a full-size, uninterrupted map on the end-papers.
Sharp Ends is going to be out in the UK on April 26th in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook (hopefully read by Steven Pacey) and – what’s that you say? Where can you preorder a copy? Well, since you ask so nicely. US details will be coming next week when we release that cover . . .