Gollancz is delighted to announce the acquisition of an exceptional new trilogy from award-winning Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.
Described as ‘Les Miserables meets Game of Thrones’ this is a landmark trilogy from one of the best and brightest fantasy writers working today. A return to his bestselling First Law universe, the trilogy combines sharp new characters with familiar faces from the original trilogy, which has sold more than five million copies to date. Written with flair and originality, this new series offers a gripping take on the industrial revolution, the power of money and the visceral dangers of politics when being stabbed in the back is a far from metaphorical experience.
Already sold in six territories, including to Orbit US and Heyne, the publication of the first novel, A Little Hatred, in September 2019 will be a sensation for readers of fantasy and historical novels alike.
Joe Abercrombie said: ‘Often in publishing there’s a pressure to push out the next book as soon as possible. With a series that can mean a lot of compromises. Gollancz have given me the time and support to draft a whole trilogy in one go, to write the end along with the start, which means the whole thing is as tight and cohesive as I can make it. It means a wait for the first book, but then regular, well-planned releases of the other two on the timetable that best suits them.
‘The aim with this trilogy was to take the recipe for fantasy I’ve been developing over the twelve years since The Blade Itself was published – a tight focus on vivid characters caught up in crunching action, twisty plotting, and a dark and gritty world with plenty of gallows humour along the way – and push it in a more original, more industrial direction.’
Gillian Redfearn, Gollancz Publishing Director, adds: ‘A Joe Abercrombie novel is always something special – but this trilogy is jaw-droppingly good. Visceral, powerful and compelling from the first page, Joe is once again taking the fantasy genre into new imaginative spaces – and taking on the industrial revolution in the process. This is epic in scope, fast-paced and brilliantly executed; an unmissable new series from an exceptionally talented writer.’
Joe Abercrombie is one of the leading fantasy novelists of the day. Winner of a Locus award and shortlisted for the World Fantasy and John W. Campbell Awards, he is a regular Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author. You can learn more at joeabercrombie.com or by following @LordGrimdark.