Category Archive for ‘announcements’
Posted on July 16th, 2014 in announcements, appearances, news
Greetings American cousins, my new book Half a King should now be available across the nation in hardcover, electronic, and audio formats. But that’s not all, for on the 22nd July I shall be flying out to be present in your country in my actual person. The main event is San Diego Comic Con, so I’m afraid there’s a West Coast flavour to my visits this time around but, fear not, I’ll hopefully be fitting in some east coast action early next year with the release of the sequel, Half the World.
Here’s the full itinerary, including my panels and signings at Comic Con:
Wednesday, July 23 – SEATTLE, WA
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
July 24 – July 27 – SAN DIEGO, CA
Thursday July 24, 4:00-5:00pm
PANEL: Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy
Panelists: Robin Hobb, Raymond Feist, Django Wexler, Morgan Rhodes, Sam Sykes, Patrick Rothfuss, Brent Weeks
*Signing to immediately follow in Autograph Area
Friday, July 25, 11:00am-12:00Noon
SIGNING, Random House booth #1514
Saturday, July 26, 11:00am-12:00pm
SIGNING, Orbit booth #1116
Saturday, July 26, 3:00-4:00pm
SIGNING, Random House booth #1514
Saturday, July 26, 4:15-5:15pm
PANEL: Rulers of the Realm
Panelists: George R. R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Patrick Rothfuss
Sunday, July 27 – SAN DIEGO, CA
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
Monday, July 28 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tuesday, July 29 – TORRANCE, CA
Barnes & Noble
21500 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
Wednesday, July 30 – SANTA FE, NM
Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
*event with George Martin and Cherie Priest
And THEN it’s straight on to Celsius 232 in Aviles, Spain, along with Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson, among others, with further details in due course. I shall hope to see some of you at these events…
Posted on July 15th, 2014 in announcements, news
Yes, celebrate, my cousins across the pond, for Half a King is published throughout the Land of the Free today. It’s the Sunday Times no. 3 Hardcover Bestseller that GRRM called, ‘A fast paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go,’ while Robin Hobb found it, ‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read,’ and Rick Riordan said it had, ‘eye-popping twists and rollicking good action.’ I could go on, but I already have, over here. Take a look if you fancy seeing a trailer, reading an extract or further reviews or, I don’t know, maybe finding some buying options…
Posted on July 3rd, 2014 in announcements, reviews
I am delighted to announce that the UK edition of Half a King is published today: in Hardcover, Ebook, and unabridged audiobook read by Ben Elliot.
“Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain his throne.
First he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
The deceived will become the deceiver.
Born a weakling in the eyes of the world, Yarvi cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
The Betrayed will become the betrayer.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could.
Will the usurped become the usurper?
Even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and the death of a king…”
A few kind words about the book from critics and peers…
“Joe Abercrombie does it again. Half a King is another page-turner from Britain’s hottest young fantasist, a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go.”
- George RR Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
“Half a King is a remarkable achievement — thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting.”
- Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels
“Abercrombie’s stellar prose style and clever plot twists will be sure to please both adult and teen readers.”
- Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Enthralling. An up-all-night read.”
- Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer novels
“I got all the grit that I love in Abercrombie, and the craft, and the character…but it never got so far as being bleak. Simply said, I think this is my favorite Abercrombie book yet. And that’s really saying something.”
- Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind
“Gripping as a bear hug, warming as a bear skin.”
- The Daily Mail
“Friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect … With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure.”
- Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson books
“Classic Abercrombie, and yet also something unexpected — grimdark fantasy for people who aren’t necessarily very young.”
- SFX, 5 star review
And here’s the book trailer:
I’ve already done five great events on tour and there are plenty more to go, including a signing in Central London this afternoon (3rd July) from 4.30 at the wonderful Goldsboro Books, Covent Garden, where the first 100 in line will get numbered 1st Editions from a limited run of 250. But if you can’t make a signing, worry not, Waterstones up and down the country have signed stock and Amazon are offering the hardcover for a cutting-our-own-throats £5 and the kindle for £4.35. Sound good to you? You’ll find some buying options, further information and a considerable extract over here.
Posted on June 18th, 2014 in announcements, artwork
So Harper Collins have put up their book trailer for Half a King, and I think it’s really rather excellent…
I’m generally a wee bit ambivalent on Book Trailers – I think reach often exceeds grasp and you end up with slightly embarrassing live action efforts where a lot of resources have clearly been expended to make something that looks like a rubbish version of a scene from Gladiator. But Ben North and his team have done a brilliant and very canny job here, I think, going for something simple and stark and applying a lot of thought and craftsmanship to achieve a really powerful result. You might even call it a brand.
Posted on June 17th, 2014 in announcements, artwork, interviews, news
GRRM and Gardner Dozois’ latest cross-genre mega-anthology ROGUES has published in the US today, featuring stories from GRRM himself, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Pat Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Paul Cornell, Cherie Priest and little old me, among many others. My contribution is a hefty 12,000 word novelette, as it goes, following an eventful night in the life of a whole series of disreputable inhabitants of Sipani, a few old friends among them…
In other news, Half a King is out in just two and a half weeks in the UK on the 3rd of July (bites nails) and a week and a half later in the US on the 15th of July (bites them again). I’ve got a piece up on the Waterstones blog about the genesis of the book AND there’s an interview with me at Den of Geek about writing for the (slightly) younger audience.
Hardcover copies of both are now in my possession. They definitely do exist…
UK in white, US in black, both looking rather beautiful, I would say, with silky, foil, and spot gloss finishes and all and they’re a pair of handsome hardcovers without the dust jackets too…
Posted on June 4th, 2014 in announcements, Graphic Novel, news
So much stuff has been going on of late with Half a King that I’d entirely forgotten something else which turned up recently – the physical collections of the first four issues of The First Law Graphic Novel. An unforgivable omission, because I tell you what, they are things of some beauty and elevated production standards:
Four issues in the collection, which was adapted from Joe Abercrombie’s seminal work of modern fantasy fiction by Chuck Dixon, so over 90 full colour pages:
Though there are currently no new pages forthcoming, you can still see the full first four issues, free of charge, over at the website, but the physical edition includes a bunch of Andie Tong’s pencils and character designs annotated by me, plus some pages showing development from pencils, to inks, to Pete Pantazis’ colours AND an introduction from my old mate Peter V Brett.
You can order the collection either from amazon.com or directly from Blind Ferret. Sorry to say there’s no direct distribution outside of North America on this one, so if you did want to order from the UK or elsewhere, delivery might be a little steep…
Posted on June 2nd, 2014 in announcements, news
Half a King is out in a month in the UK (July 3rd), and 6 weeks in the US (July 15th), and those redoubtable fellows at Del Rey have come up with some rather attractive shareable e-cards to celebrate:
Each one features a memorable quote from the book which, as well as sounding cool, provide excellent advice should you ever find yourself monarch of a viking-esque fantasy kingdom.
See what I mean? You’ll find all ten of them over here, and you can download em, tweet em, Facebook em, have them printed onto paper plates to use at your three year old’s birthday party, etc. Enjoy. But always remember…
Posted on May 31st, 2014 in announcements, news
Have YOU pre-ordered Half a King in the UK, or are you about to do so? Then you will receive a splendiferous hardcover containing an exciting fantasy adventure featuring vivid characters in an imaginatively realised viking-esque world. That’s guaranteed. But you will also have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime-never-to-be-repeated-until-possibly-such-time-as-I-release-another-book opportunity.
Simply fill in the form here with an order number as proof of your purchase, and on publication day, July 3rd, an exclusive number of two, TWO, lucky persons shall receive tickets to meet me, that’s right ME, at the very top of London’s famous gherkin at Harper Collins’ summer party in August. You can exchange real words with me like the people that have already met me do. I might even smile, like this. But if that isn’t enough, there may be other trifling presences from the international fantasy publishing scene there, like, I don’t know, PV Brett, Robin Hobb, and some guy called George RR Martin. I can’t promise they’ll smile at you, but you never know, that is in your own hands.
As if that weren’t enough, we all know how frustrating it can be waiting for that next book in a series, especially when the first is this flipping brilliant, therefore the lucky winners will also receive advanced reader copies of the next two books in the series, Half the World and Half a War, posted to your door well prior to publication like those proper publishing, book selling and critical review type folks receive. But in case you’d rather have a spanking new finished hardcover edition, you’ll also get a hardcover of each book the moment they become available, all signed and dedicated and whatnot.
Truly, the gods shall have smiled upon you. And for a chance to win these wonderful things, all you have to do is the right thing, the thing you were going to do anyway, and that’s preorder Half a King. Hell, if you aren’t one of the lucky few, you still get a beautiful hardback containing an exciting fantasy adventure featuring vivid characters in an imaginatively realised viking-esque world. It’s a WIN WIN.
YOU LUCKY BASTARDS.
For some preorder options, I suggest you look here…
Posted on May 29th, 2014 in announcements, news
I have returned from a week away at a festival in France to find finished UK editions of Half a King, and don’t they look lovely?
Ooh, they glitter and shine and feel velvety beneath the fingers. On the left, trade paperback for export, on the right, hardcover for the UK market. The hardcover’s an interesting size, what I believe they call a ‘Short Royal’ in the trade – same width as a standard hardcover but slightly shorter, slightly squarer. There’s also a rather lovely map on the endpapers…
I dropped into the publisher to sign a few copies for retailers, chiefly for Waterstones in the UK:
3000 copies. Those things on the tables? They’re books. Those white bags? They’re ten books each. It was what is called in the trade a metric fuckton of books. I once signed a thousand at the warehouse. This was a lot more. Three times as many, in fact. Here’s just a few of them, closer up…
It took me a day to do 2600, then I stopped back in the following day to do the other 400. There was some soreness in the elbow, shoulder and hand, but overall it was a good deal less painful than I was expecting, and my thanks to Natasha, Eleanor, Tim, Tom, and all the other folks who helped sticker, fold, pass, box, and otherwise achieve this not inconsiderable task of logistics.
Should YOU desire to own one of these 3000 entirely one off, utterly unique, personally inscribed editions of Half a King, you will find them available for pre-order right over here…
Posted on April 14th, 2014 in announcements, news
Sorry to report there’s going to be a very slight delay in the US publication of Half a King.
Don’t panic! It’s only a week. Promotional, book selling thing, the book itself has been finished for some time now. So US publication moves back from 8th to 15th July. The UK publication date remains on the 3rd July. Can’t imagine either of those dates shifting at this point.
On the upside, the sequel, Half the World, has gone down rather well with my editors so it looks like a February 2015 release is pretty much certain for that one. The plan is to release the final book, Half a War, in July 2015, and I very much hope to manage that, but since it’s still in the planning stage the jury’s still out on that one. More news as I have it…