Part IV

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 in news, progress

And you thought all I’d been doing was playing Skyrim and D&D with a selection of the world’s most bodacious fantasy authors, didn’t ya?  Admit it!  False!  For I can now reveal that I have finished a first draft of Part IV of my latest, which puts me about 80% of the way through.  Much work still to do when the first draft’s finished, mind you.  Publication is looking like late autumn in the UK, possibly a little later in the US.  Still no cast iron dates for ya, I’m afraid, but very much this year, anyway, so far as can be predicted in this unpredictable business of ours.  Soon as I’ve got a firm date it’ll be yours.  In the meantime, the sketchiest of synopses to whet your ravenous appetites:

“Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell, her brother and sister stolen, and knows she’ll have to go back to bad old ways if she’s ever to see them again.  She sets off in pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company.  But it turns out he’s hiding a bloody past of his own.  None bloodier.  Their journey will take them across the lawless plains, to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feuds, duels, and massacres, high into unmapped mountains to a reckoning with ancient enemies, and force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, a man no one should ever have to trust…”

And no, I’m not telling you anything else, no matter how much you plead in the comments.  You can give it a go, though, just in case I change my mind…

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  1. So, I guess mostly guys read these books then. And me. <3 Ninefingers.

  2. It’s easy to overthink these things. Despite the arguments against, I’m still completely convinced that Lamb is Logen. There’s no way way Joe used a statement like ‘none bloodier’ by accident. Besides, it just feels right.

  3. @Belovedofthemoon

    The synopses says that the brother and sister are kidnapped, not the children 😉

  4. I’m so looking forward to the German translation! Well, maybe I’ll brush up my English a little and buy my book in Autumn already. xD

    As for Lamb and Cosca, I hope that we’ll get their points of view. I’ve recognized that it is great to get the inside-view of a character who has been a minor before. But the other way round – to loose someones perspective – is quite rough. When a prior major turns into a minor character, it feels like loosing one of your best friends. Heavier. Like loosing a part of yourself. The person is still there, you see him breathing an acting. But you used to hear his thoughts. You used to know him better than yourself (cause that is why we read books at all, isn’t it?). And suddenly he’s just someone we used to know.

    @Joe: It must be even worse for the author. How do you deal with this?

    P.S.: I have to confess. I assumed you’d do nothing but gaming these days and I bawled at my boyfried how it comes that one who did everything I dream of (getting the damn book out into the world) spends all of his time as I’d long to do. (I’ve stopped gaming some years ago to concentrate on the other issue. ;))

    Best regards, Nion

  5. Joe, if after reading your synopsis waiting more than half a year and finally buying your brilliant new book, only to find that Logen isnt back, I’d feel like asking for a refund.. itd only be fair after the teaser youve given your fans! … but I’d probably still read it first :)

    Brilliant books btw!! im rereading the first law right now cos there is nothing that holds my interest like your characters

  6. Hell yeah! This book is gonna be epic! Bring the bloody nine back joe! Cant wait to read it! You ve done a great job with The Heroes again, by the way. Stay tuned Joe and thanks for awesome fantasy!!!

  7. Oh, i really think you are into something here Beloved Of The Moon, it is mentioned that Shenkt and Vitaris children are named “Cas”, “Kandle” and “Tee” but Tee sais herself that noone calls her Tee anymore, she is also the oldest one. and even then red country takes place about 10-11 years after BSC, it would also make sense for her to call Shenkt/Lamd a coward, since he scene where he meets the children is the only scene where he isn’t the badass eater.

  8. And of course Shenkt got waaaaaaaaaay more blood on his hands than logen. Thinking also of Shenkts fighting methods, we could take “blood on the hands” quite literally, None bloodier…

  9. Sounds awesome!!! Can’t wait!

    BTW, I bought a Polish translation of Best Served Cold yesterday, even though I’ve read the English original more than once 😉 It was published just a few weeks ago and when I saw it I knew I had to grab it as fast as I could 😉

    Thank you for your books :)

    That was me, one of your most devoted fans in Poland ^^

  10. Joe, Your skill as an author is only exceeded by your evil joy in taunting us with such a meager snippet of your work in progress. Of course that’s why I love your work you vindictive evil man. Cheers.

  11. Bring back the bloody nine for gods sake – I had a heart attack recently and fear I wont read of him again

  12. You’ve got to be realistic. Lamb.

  13. Joe: You had me at Cosca!

  14. Folks I think we need to take a chill pill here and trust Joe. It might be Logan, it might not, but the important stuff is that we’ve got a new book (trilogy?) to look forward to. That’s my new tattoo “in joe we trust”

  15. Andy’s right y’all. Obviously it will be a magnificent entertainment whoever’s in it. Honest. You can trust me. I’m an author. I make shit up for a living.

  16. But might that not mean you’re making up that we can trust you?

  17. Nicomo Cosca returns hurra! can’t wait!

  18. Sadly, I can’t see this being Logen. Despite the fact he is my favorite character ever (I know I’m not alone with that) it doesn’t really add up. To me, it seems like Shenkt. Joe please, please give us more of the Bloodynine!

  19. I want some Glokta action! No, seriously, my favourite fantasy character since Tyrion Lannister. Only more cynical and cunning.

  20. I’m currently watching Deadwood season 1, and can’t help but think back to one of your Blog posts about your inspirations for “A Red Country”, where you posted a picture of your vast collection of material. If indeed Deadwood has inspired you in any way, i can hardly wait for this book to be available for my reading. (Isn’t Al Swearingen just the most awesome character?) Not that Deadwood inspiration in itself would make your works any more desirable. I would probably be just as excited about a new book from you, no matter your choise of inspiration.
    Also, whoever Shy or Lamb ends up being, your skill at making and developing new characters the readers both love and hate, makes me confident in believeing they will end up as new Abercrobie classics either way.
    And another book featuring that good old shifty Nicomo Cosca sure has has me excited.

    I’m really looking forward to more (if any?) teasers, progress, info, from your latest work in progress and pray the day of the finished products arrival in my eager, page turning, hands will arrive swiftly.

    Untill then, i have to be content with reading some Scott Lynch and GRR Martin… Also great authors if i may add.

    -A fan from the Cold North.

  21. @James Webster

    Why would Logan get his own book and it be clearly announced from the rooftops when Joe’s gone through all this to be elusive on whether he’s actually dead, this is exactly how I’d expect Logan to come back, but it’s also leaving Joe a chance to ruin our year, yes Joe, you will ruin my year if it’s not Logan 😛 Could be the last year too, never know, bout time a Armageddon prediction was right.

  22. So I don’t want to be a burden on this thread but I don’t know where else to post it. I speak to your new books coming out this winter in my most anticipated books of 2012 here:

    I also used your synopsis from this thread. Hope that’s okay.

  23. Hey guys, I really think it´s Logen! I quote: With this, his next novel, Joe Abercrombie is once again venturing in a new direction, and on a new adventure, with one of the most enduring, powerful and popular characters of the First Law Trilogy.
    So it can´t be Shenkt.

  24. Just finished The Heroes and I am looking forward for your next book. And I hope to god that Logen is in it, if he is not I’ll cry my eyes out. But I can live with it being Shenkt as well.
    Joe Abercrombie and Patrick Rothfuss is my favourite authors atm.
    Keep up the good work Joe and thanks for your entertaining books!

  25. Did anybody else think joe was referring to ferro in BSC when ishri said her brother had been killed by a women seeking vengeance? God I’d love to know wot happened to logen! He’s such a big character it feels like a loose end flapping away in the wind!!! And then there is this shenkt fellow, I wonder if he was a pervious apprentice to Bayaz before sulfur perhaps? And somewhere down the line they fell out big style. Joe keep doing wot uve been doing its all awesome and I Neva know wots coming next! Sad as always when I finish a good book, for people with a black hole in their life I recommend robin hobb, her books rock.

  26. Five and four. Nine fingers.

  27. i bought all the books after the series and nothing came close to Logan Nine Fingers. This berserker is imho the finest character in this universe… where is he Joe ??


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