Second in the AGE OF MADNESS trilogy, THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE is the next instalment of a series which is revolutionising fantasy . . . 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.
Praise for A LITTLE HATRED, Book one in THE AGE OF MADNESS ‘All told within a complex, fascinating plot that will keep you up long after bed time.’ – THE SUN
‘Funny and sardonic, violent and compelling.’ – GUARDIAN
‘A tale of brute force and subtle magic on the cusp of an industrial revolution … Buckle your seat belts for this one.’ – ROBIN HOBB
‘Crammed with characters and detail, the intricately woven story never slackens its merciless grip.’ – DAILY MAIL
‘A LITTLE HATRED is one of Abercrombie’s best books yet.’ – SFX
‘Could scratch an itch for anyone missing Game Of Thrones.’ – DEN OF GEEK
‘Abercrombie at his gritty best and the opening to a new trilogy that could prove to be a masterpiece
of fantasy fiction’ – STARBURST
‘There is no one that writes this stuff like Abercrombie… nothing to hate here, even a little’ – SFF WORLD
Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out
The books are good, really good. They pulled me in. Well-developed world. Unique, compelling characters. I like them so much that when I got to the end of the second book and found out the third book wasn't going to be out in the US for another three months, I experienced a fit or rage, then a fit of depression, then I ate some lunch and had a bit of lay down'
Patrick Rothfuss on the First Law trilogy
Abercrombie squeezes your heart till it matches his beat. No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie
Brutal, unforgiving, and terribly fun. Everything awesome readers have come to expect from Joe Abercrombie.
Brian McClellan, author of SINS OF EMPIRE
A Little Hatred is Abercrombie at his very best: witty, wise, and whip-smart. Masterfully plotted, the story begins at a simmer and soon boils over. Best of all, however, is the sprawling cast of morally ambiguous, foul-mouthed, sex-crazed, arse-scratching, unwittingly heroic characters, who are written with the stark and savage honesty Joe does so well. I had high hopes for this book, and it exceeded them all.
Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD
Abercrombie continues to do what he does best . . . Buckle your seat belts for this one
Joe Abercrombie is a master of the genre
When it comes to blood and guts in fantasy - there's nobody better versed than Joe Abercrombie.
The Trouble with Peace is a magnificent read that will leave fans begging for more
The first book in this new series was great. This is even better...one of my books of the year
It's smart. It's witty. This is an absolutely top-notch work of fantasy
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews
Memorable characters, spellbindingly ferocious action, twists that scare a pretzel and gallows humour to die for, The Trouble with Peace mauls expectations to serve up a sublime sequel that's even better than it's showstopper of a predecessor
Clever dialogue and sharp humour...Without a doubt one of my favourite books of 2020
The Bibliophile Chronicles
The Trouble with Peace is effortlessly brilliant. Joe Abercrombie has created something truly amazing and I can't wait for the next book
The Bookbeard's Blog
I thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the Abercrombie canon - lots of action as always, with a wry humour and plenty of intrigue
Brutal, grim, and often so very compelling, The Trouble with Peace is a totally unputdownable grimdark story
I Should Read That
I had insanely high expectations for the sequel. But The Trouble with Peace met pretty much all of them.
The Fantasy Inn
My heart raced, my jaw dropped multiple times and I was left astonished! Say one thing for Abercrombie, say his books should come with a health warning!
The Fantasy Hive
The Age of Madness