The Wisdom of Crowds – Out Today

September 14th, 2021

And so The Wisdom of Crowds is published in the UK (by Gollancz) and the US (by Orbit) this very day in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook read by the magisterial Steven Pacey. Always a bitter-sweet moment for an author, like dropping your kid off at college and hoping they’ll get on okay without you, but even more so than usual this time, as this is the last in a series, the culmination of near 6 years work. I hope you guys will enjoy it or, at any rate, buy it, which you can do over here.

By way of encouragement, here are a few early reviews…

“In Book 3 of this dazzlingly gruesome and gripping cycle, Joe Abercrombie does politics much as he does everything else: with a clear-eyed understanding of the limits of human kindness and the banal depths of evil…you’ll be guessing until the end.” The Daily Mail

“Abercrombie is at the height of his game, a wordsmith and story-weaver of such absurd talent that each jolting wrinkle you encounter will at once surprise you and make you realize that you probably should have seen it coming miles away… hands down, one of the best fantasy series I have ever read” Forbes

“The Wisdom of Crowds is an unputdownable page turner that made me grin on reading one page and grimace on the next…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – no one does these stories like Abercrombie.” SFFWorld

You can find three different extracts from the start of the book here, here, and here.

You can find a recap of A Little Hatred here, and of The Trouble with Peace here.

I was in Scotland last night to do a first event – great to look people (and indeed readers, who are of course the best people) in the eyes once again – and I’ll be doing a few more over the coming week or two, both in person around the UK and online, with some details here, and others to be posted as soon as I have them.


Posted in announcements, news, reviews by Joe Abercrombie on September 14th, 2021.

9 comments so far

  • John Hess says:

    Really excited! When can we expect a paperback release?

  • Tom says:

    hooray! can’t wait to dive on in!

  • Robert Holmes says:

    Sounds great, it’s by Joe Abercrombie, of course it’ll be great! Really excited about this release, as the books have become much more about social commentary. It will be interesting to see where the idealism of The Breakers and their ilk will take them once they have to deal with the real world as opposed to the idealistic vision of tearing down the old order. The phrase “Be careful what you wish for” springs to mind. Our Maine Coon Sherlock will be requesting royalties for your use of the leonine image of him on the cover of the British version!

  • Daniel Porter says:

    I’ve waited patiently for all 3 books to be out before I read the new trilogy. I can’t wait to finally start it.

  • Clark says:

    Greetings from Canada! Ordered a UK copy and can’t wait for it to arrive!

  • Zeph delgado says:

    Your books have amazing characters!! I have been listening to them on audiobook. Can’t wait to read them All.

  • George Ellis says:

    Started the audiobook and found the signed hardback edition waiting for me when I got home from work. Loving it so far, genius as always!

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    John Hess,
    Mass Market Paperback usually follows in the UK in 6-8 months or so.

  • Hogsta says:

    I popped into my local bookshop, and, to my joy, there it was, just sitting casually on the shelf. It occurred to me that I’ve never actually read any of your books. I have them all read by the incomparable Steven Pacey. Anyway, too late now, it’s bought and downloaded. Maybe next time.

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