The Trouble With Peace Cover Copy

March 4th, 2020

Looks like the cover copy (what some would call the blurb) for the forthcoming The Trouble With Peace has made its way out into the world…

“Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . .

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.

Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.”

Oooooooooh, what fascinating glimpses of forthcoming events in the Circle of the World, what intriguing clues to the trajectories of much loved characters, what breathtaking hints of impending discord and drama. I can hardly wait for publication day … which should be in September of this year, US and UK, in hardcover, Ebook and Audiobook read by the incomparable Steven Pacey.

Posted in announcements, news by Joe Abercrombie on March 4th, 2020.

22 comments so far

  • Jonathan says:

    Can. Not. Wait.

  • Darren says:

    Can’t wait myself. Although I’ve still got 2 or 3 chapters of a little hatred left to read which I’m dying to get back to

  • Kevin says:

    Stoked to hear we’ll seem more in September. I’m hoping we’ll get go see the First Law and it’s connected stories on the small screen some day. I nominate Rowan Atkinson to play Glokta.

    – Kevin

  • Jay says:

    Always a treat, Joe. (A Little Hatred was released exactly on my birthday, which made it extra special. Hoping for the same this year. Thanks!)

  • Lazlo Woodbine says:

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to feel sorry for all those poor bastards again!

  • Darragh Sinnott says:

    Incomparable, such a perfect description of Steven Pacey… Enjoyed every minute of every book so far, I’d best plan a holiday for sometime in September so I can properly emerse myself in the next installment! \○/

  • Matthew says:

    Joe do you know when we can expect an official cover art reveal?

  • Sally says:

    YES, JOE.

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    I’m told publication will be 15th or 17th September, by the way…

    I think UK cover will be revealed next week. US may be a few weeks away yet. But interestingly the cover for the Subterranean Press limited edition of A Little Hatred will probably be released soon and let me tell you it’s pretty damn cool.


  • Dumond says:

    Can’t wait for more of the story, just like everybody else.

    Not gonna lie: part of me is a bit sad that we’re moving further and further away from the mythical era (and related stories) of Kanedias and the sons of Euz. Not sure if I’ve ever read anything as fun or as engrossing as what happens in the House of the Maker, throughout the first trilogy, for example. So many arcane mysteries to be explored, if not 100% answered or revealed.

    But I really like Rikke, Isern, Gunnar, Clover, and the others too, and I want to see how their story goes! I trust this new trilogy will be another smash hit, and I trust in Joe as he takes us along for yet another wild, brutal, bloody ride.

  • Joseph says:

    Thank you for your wonderful writing! I can’t wait untill september (or whenever the trouble with peace is released in Europe).

    Are you influencer by Marxism? One of the things that got me (a leftist) hooked om your series is the prominent roll class plays as a backdrop in The First Law and as a central theme in The Age of Madness so far. Maybe it’s just an unavoidable aspect of human life idonno.

  • Owen Whitworth says:

    I’m insanely excited for this. I mean, the blurb gives away basically nothing, but that’s probably for the best. All the best of luck with future projects, sir.

  • Patrick says:

    He’s still out there somewhere man.. he’s still out there….

  • Jordan says:

    -SPOILERS original trilogy-
    The premise of a powerful wizard controlling or manipulating the world using banks is genious, and the execution is flawless. The characters are fantastic, I was worried that the cast from the original and standalones was so good a new cast would pale in comparison, but I love the new characters. While going through a terrible time in my life, where every day was hell and I felt like every hour would never end, I found enjoyment, and much needed distraction in these books. So thank you Lord Grimdark for somehow mastering the perfect blend of nihilism, humor, and hope. I rarely have a single favorite anything, but I have to say this has become my single favorite series, and Joe Abercrombie my single favorite author, so if you happen to see this Mr. Abercrom

  • Dom says:

    Thanks for the update Joe – the themes – of a world gone mad – hell bent on destruction through the pursuance of greed- Oh so timely and current!

  • Bill says:

    In my mind I heard Steven Pacey reading that blurb, right up to “impending discord and drama”.

  • Niels Lagerweij says:

    Can’t wait for the new book to hit the stores! I read a little hatred in less time than I wanted to. Loved every drop of ink in it. Can’t wait what horrible ordeals you have in store for the main characters in the next part.

  • david says:

    Hi Joe,
    will we get preview of first chapter before the release? If yes, do you have any idea when?

  • Teresa says:

    Never enough knives…

  • Colin says:

    If everyone is still sheltering in place come May an early kindle/audible release would be a nice gesture.

  • Alfredo says:

    I have f*** enjoyed A Little Hatred soooo much that I will read for the third time your First Law trilogy before I continue with my life (Un) fortunately we are in quarantine… Thanks

  • Stephen Hick says:

    Any news on a Waterstones special edition? View of the covers? Sample excerpt……it’s been a cheerless long spring so far with all that’s going on….?

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