The Wisdom of Crowds US Cover

May 20th, 2021

And Orbit’s hardcover of The Wisdom of Crowds in the US will look something like this:

As with the other books in the series, art by Sam Weber and design by Lauren Panepinto. The three of us did a little event yesterday to celebrate, talking about the design process and answering some audience questions. You can watch the recording over here. Obviously it’s a continuing development of the theme, with colours harking back to their editions of the First Law. Here’s the whole series together:

A handsome group indeed….

The book’ll be out I believe September 14th in the US, just a couple of days before the UK release, in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook read by the incomparable Steven Pacey.

Posted in announcements, artwork, news by Joe Abercrombie on May 20th, 2021.

19 comments so far

  • Jordan Kimball says:

    Oh boy I can’t contain my excitement!

  • Bonnie says:

    Remember how you decided to come to the U.S. (ANY STATE…WILL TRAVEL!) and all of us were so excited and we came to meet you in person finally?

  • K. Russell says:

    I seriously can’t believe we’re already getting the final book in the new trilogy. It seems like I was just reading about your early drafts of aLH last week. Time Flys when you’re reading good shit I guess. I’ll get over it in September. I’m realistic.

  • James says:

    I think we know what the Owl does to the Lamb. Orso is my favourite character, I’ll be sad to see him go.

  • Danny Matson says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to see the UK edition artwork too.

  • Strawn says:

    Jesus I’m so exited. I’ve yet to find a series I enjoy more. I wonder how it must feel to be so friggin awesome at writing.

  • Josh from Texas says:

    Hi Joe,

    *reposted comment more appropriate to this blog update*

    Absolutely buzzing for the next book to come out, and still pushing your novels on any friend that asks for a must read.

    Also, as excited as I am for The Wisdom of Crowds, I admit to being a bit sad that it’s the end of the First Law realm in sight… from what you’ve let on anyway.

    Wouldn’t be possible to have another pseudo trilogy of standalone novels for the new generation would there?

    I for one think that’d be a damn solid idea! You know, some fun new spin offs before the third “formal” trilogy gets underway.

    No pressure! Honestly just deeply enjoy getting lost in your books and hope the trips back to the realm of the First Law never end.

    Side note/question – the newest US covers for the original trilogy are red, blue and yellow… and the covered for Age of Madness so far are red, blue, and I’m assuming yellow to keep the theme.

    Is there any thought to releasing covers of the standalone novels in the same color scheme and art style? Would look amazing with the full set!

    Appreciate all you do and the updates you provide, you’re truly one of the greats, and my all time favorite fantasy author.


  • Perry Taliaferro says:

    When will I be able to preorder this audiobook in the U.S. through Audible? I am only keeping my audible active to preorder this book. Help? Thank you 🙂

  • ZACH says:

    I tell anyone who will listen to check out your books!

    I am going to spend the summer rereading them all, September cant come soon enough

  • Wombat of Hoskopp says:

    @Perry Taliaferro
    Got mine on order via Audible UK a few weeks ago so give it another go. Not sure if you can keep unspent credits while pausing membership (you lose them if you stop, as you probably know), but might also be worth looking into.
    I much prefer the UK covers – too historical and ‘1776’ for the US market? Though you’d think that’d be a selling point…
    Old Sticks for the chop? I do at least hope he goes out in style. And this can’t be in the end. It just can’t. The end is Ferro and Casamir ‘dan Shenkt’ (yeah, right) taking out Bayaz and Khalul and everyone basking in the rosy glow of a typical Abercrombie happy ending, surely.

  • Daniel says:

    Oh man I can’t wait. Your books have helped my in one of the roughest times of my life where I need to escape my own mind. The choice was between the bottle and fantasy books. Glad I chose the latter. Now I just read for pleasure haha. Thank you for your work.

  • Juan Garcia says:

    Hey dies someone know when Will the book be available in Spain?

  • Dan says:

    Just finished up The Trouble with Peace and I gotta say I loved it. I’m very excited to see what happens next! You’re definitely my favorite fantasy writer these days. You really have a way with words: when I’m reading, it’s almost like a movie is playing in my head. Not many writers can do that for me anymore. I particularly love how jaded and world weary most of your characters (probably because that’s how I feel at this stage in my life haha).

    My only gripe is… will we ever get some closure on The Bloody Nine? I can’t take it anymore lol! I’d like to see what he’s up to in his old age.

    Anyway, thanks for the great stories and keep ’em coming! I’ll be keeping an eye out for them across the pond here in Maine.

  • Tom Burns says:

    Hi Joe!
    Super excited for this conclusion!

    Also off topic a bit, have you watched Mr. Inbetween?! It’s a truly great Australian TV series, on FXX in the US, and the star/writer/creator Scott Ryan plays the main character, Ray Shoesmith, who embodies doing things “the old way” and he’s “a straight edge” super similar in style and humor to your heroic characters, which are obviously written awesomely!
    Check it out if you haven’t, I think you’d really enjoy it snd who knows, maybe you could work with him in future!?

  • Simon Spidermonk says:

    Just finished The Trouble With Peace this morning. Couldn’t be more excited that the next one’s coming out so soon. The Heroes used to be my favourite of your books but both installments of this new trilogy have surpassed it in my mind, with the second even better than the first. Well done. You are good at words.

  • Chris says:

    I have re-listened to the entire series in anticipation of the next book. Just started The Trouble with Peace today. Love the writing and story telling and Steven Pacey does an excellent job bringing these characters to life. Thank you for your stories and your continued commitment to expand the storyline for the enjoyment of us readers!

  • Perry Taliaferro says:

    @ Wombat of Hoskopp
    Just jumping back in to say thanks for the reply and to let you know that I am very jealous of your ability to preorder Wisdom of Crowds 😉 as we in the states are still unable to do the same. In-fact on this side of the Atlantic, Audible still has this (the third book in the Age of Madness) as being “The Beautiful Machine”, which I think was a title that was being tossed around at some point, maybe? Or heck, maybe that will still be the title here? Could it be one of those weird name differences, like Judas Priest’s album “Killing Machine” being called “Hell Bent for Leather” over here? I don’t know 🙁

  • Perry Taliaferro says:

    Hello all,
    This may not be seen as it is on an older update but this is where I started so …
    I’m trying to find out if there has been any movement on dates for Audible(USA) to begin pre-order of this audiobook? I have been waiting for some long, just to pre-order it, but I still see nothing about it at Audible. No preorder, no coming soon. Nada!
    Thanks again

  • Ian Lumsden says:

    Unlike most books I read, I tend to choose audiobooks for your novels, Joe. Steven Pacey is wonderful and your dialogue gives him great scope. Your latest novel – I’m about two thirds through – is brilliant. I mean that.

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