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US Events, now with SDCC

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
Time: 7:00pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

July 24 – July 27 – SAN DIEGO, CA
Comic-Con International

Thursday July 24, 4:00-5:00pm
PANEL: Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy
Room 25ABC
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
Room 6A
Panelists: George R. R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Patrick Rothfuss

Sunday, July 27 – SAN DIEGO, CA
Time: 2:00pm  
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

Monday, July 28 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Time: 7:00pm
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Tuesday, July 29 – TORRANCE, CA
Time: 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble
21500 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

Wednesday, July 30 – SANTA FE, NM
Time: 7:00pm
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…

Half a King Published in the US!

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…

Off on Tour

Posted on June 28th, 2014 in appearances, news

I leave tomorrow for a tour of the UK, and in due course the US, for the release of Half a King. Bad news if you’re a devotee of this blog. Great news if you’re a resident of Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Bristol, Yeovil, Bath, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Santa Fe OR if you’ve got any plans to attend the YA Lit Con/London Film and Comic Con, Edge Lit Derby, San Diego Comic Con, Celsius 232 Festival in Aviles Spain or Worldcon London. Phew. I’m going to be knackered.

Further details on the UK events HERE (with a quick note that the Edinburgh event has moved from the Pleasance Theatre to Blackwells store) and on the US events HERE.  Hope to see some of you out there…

Rogues Published, Half a King Soon

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…

Half a King UK Events (update)

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in appearances, news

I now have all the details for late June/early July’s UK Events for the release of Half a King, including the Oxford event on the 4th July and the YA LitCon on the 12th…

Sunday 29th June

6.30pm – Evening talk with Blackwell’s Edinburgh at Blackwell’s Bookshop, 52-63, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 IYS (MOVED FROM THE PLEASANCE THEATRE). Tickets are £5 available in store or on tel: 0131 622 8218.

Monday 30th June

12.30pm – Signing at Waterstones Newcastle, Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street, NE1 7JF. For more information please contact the store on: 0191 261 7757

7.00pm – Talk at Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, L1 3DL. Tickets are £3 / £2 with loyalty card and available in store or on 0151 709 9820

Tuesday 1st July

6.30pm – Talk with Waterstones Manchester Deansgate at Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, M2 5PD. Tickets £6/£4 loyalty cardholders and available in store or on 0161 837 3000

Wednesday 2nd July

12.30pm – Signing with Waterstones Sheffield, 24-26 Orchard Square, S1 2FB. For more information please contact the store on: 0114 272 8971

7.00pm – Talk with Waterstones Nottingham, 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, NG1 2GR . Tickets are £3 and available in store or on: 0115 9470069

Thursday 3rd July

12.00pm – Signing with Waterstones Birmingham, 128 New Street B2 4DB. For more information please contact the store on: 0121 631 4333

4.30pm – Signing at Goldsboro Books London, 23-25 Cecil Ct, WC2N 4EZ. For more information please contact the store on: 020 7497 9230

Friday 4th July

12.00pm – Signing at Waterstones Milton Keynes Unit 72, Midsummer Place,  MK9 3GA. For more information please contact the store on: 01908 395384

Evening - Talk at Waterstones Oxford, William Baker House, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AF. Tickets £5 / £3 with a loyalty card. For more information please contact the store on: 01865 790212

Saturday 5th July

1.30pm – Signing with Waterstones Bristol, 11A Union Galleries, BS1 3XD. For more information please contact the store on: 0117 925 2274

7.00pm – Talk with Waterstones Yeovil, 37a Middle Street, BA20 1LG. Tickets are £3 and available in store or on: 01935 479832

Friday 11th July

6.00pm – Signing at Forbidden Planet London, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR. For more information contact the store on: 020 7420 3666

Saturday 12th July

10.30am – Talk and reading at YA Lit Con/London Film and Comic Con, on the book zone main stage, followed by a signing.

Wednesday 16th July

7.30 for 8.00pm – Talk at Toppings Bath, The Paragon, Somerset BA1 5LS. Tickets are £6 and available in store or on 01225 428111

Saturday 19th July

Edge Lit festival Derby

3.00pm – Panel: Are We Entering a New Era of Fantasy Fiction? Graham Edwards, Janet Edwards, Freda Warrington, Joe Abercrombie in Cinema 2

4.00pm – Guest of Honour Interview/Q&A in The Box

Copies of Half a King should be readily available at all events, even the ones before the 3rd July publication date.  Lunchtime events tend to be signings of a queue up and get your book signed variety, evening events tend to be ticketed and follow a short talk, reading, Q&A style format, followed by signing.  It would be only good manners to buy something from the store that’s hosting, but if you bring other books of mine to sign I’ll do my very best to oblige you. If you bring a lot of books (typically meaning you’re a dealer and are going to sell them) or have extravagant requests above and beyond simple signing and dedication, you might have to join the back of the queue and wait for the end.  We are somewhat at the mercy of the various shops’ staffing policies, so can’t absolutely promise to get to everything, but we certainly will try.

Incidentally, you will find dates for events in the US towards the end of July over here.

First Law Graphic Novel Print Collection

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:

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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:

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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.

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You can order the collection either from 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…

Half a King E-Cards

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.

Half5See 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…


Half a King Preorder Lucky Dip

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.


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

Half a King SIGNED

Posted on May 20th, 2014 in appearances, news

Some of you will be thinking about buying Half a King when it appears in July (3rd in the UK, 15th in the US), some of you (and I really love you for it) may already have preordered it, but some of you will want to take that extra step of devotion and get your sweaty palms on a signed copy.  Some of those will be able to make it to the various events I’m doing to get their books signed in person (details of UK events here, US events here), but some will, for one reason or another, not be able to make it.  For them, might I suggest a couple of friendly book retailers who should be carrying signed stock?

In the UK, Goldsboro Books, specialists in signed first editions, will be hosting a signing with me, and should have signed hardcovers as well as a limited run of numbered signed editions.  They also have signed first editions of some of my other books in stock, though a hardcover of The Blade Itself will set you back a hefty £550 these days…

In the US, meanwhile, I’ll be signing stock for The Signed Page, and you can preorder a signed First Edition from them right now.  As it happens, they’ve also got an advance reader copy to give away.