Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie was born in the famous English town of Lancaster, England, on the 31st of December 1974. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School before studying Psychology at Manchester University. He then moved to London, finding work at a TV Post-Production company. Two years later he left to become a freelance film editor, and worked documentaries, awards shows, music videos, and concerts for artists ranging from Barry White to Coldplay.

In 2002 Joe Abercrombie began the writing of a fantasy trilogy based around the adventures of Logan Ninefingers. Completed with the help and the support of his family in 2004, and after initial rejections, The First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings) was taken onboard by Gillian Redfearn at Gollancz in 2005.

Joe now lives in North London with his wife, Lou, and his daughter, Grace. He splits his time between film editing and writing fantasy novels.

"I think the world of publishing, let alone genre publishing, is a great deal less glamorous than most people imagine. Of course the names that spring to mind are your Rowlings, Pullmans and Pratchetts, but they’re very much the exceptions. For your average sf/f release 5,000 sales might be considered a good run. Thanks to the fates, my excellent editor and publisher, and my family’s unstinting support, I’ve done a good deal better than that, and the trilogy has steadily gained ground with each book, but even so it’s only in the last year or so that I’ve even been able to consider writing as my main occupation, and I’m in a lucky minority to be able to do so."
Joe Abercrombie when interviewed by us in 2009

"Dark, deeply ironic and full of character gems that will appeal to your cynical side." SFRevu

"Delightfully twisted and evil" Guardian

November 15th 2012 interview with Joe Abercrombie

This week Josh interviews Joe Abercrombie, author of the highly acclaimed First Law trilogy. They talk about Joe's new book Red Country, darkness in modern fantasy, and what Joe is doing on tour in Australia.Photo by [...]

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March 6th 2009 interview with Joe Abercrombie

In 2002 Joe Abercrombie began the writing of a fantasy trilogy based around the adventures of Logan Ninefingers. The First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings) has since been published in eight countries, seven langu [...]

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Joe Abercrombie reviews

Best Served Cold

NA written by Joe Abercrombie

Monza is a cut throat heartless commander general of the Thousand Swords; a lethal group of mercenaries. That is until her gainful employer Grand Duke Orso decides to murde [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.2 | 3 positive reader reviews

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The Heroes

NA written by Joe Abercrombie

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is [...]

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Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Red Country

NA written by Joe Abercrombie

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to s [...]

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Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Sharp Ends

NA written by Joe Abercrombie

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand d [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Half a King

Shattered Sea #1 written by Joe Abercrombie

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it al [...]

Published: 2014

Our rating: 9.7 | 5 positive reader reviews

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Half the World

Shattered Sea #2 written by Joe Abercrombie

Sometimes a girl is touched by mother war. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man wh [...]

Published: 2015

Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Half a War

Shattered Sea #3 written by Joe Abercrombie

WORDS ARE WEAPONS. Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conq [...]

Published: 2015

Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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A Little Hatred

The Age of Madness: Book 1 written by Joe Abercrombie

War. Politics. Revolution. The Age of Madness has arrived... The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep a [...]

Published: 2019

Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Blade Itself

The First Law: Book 1 written by Joe Abercrombie

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body [...]

Published: 2006

Our rating: 8.5 | 12 positive reader reviews

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Before They Are Hanged

The First Law: Book 2 written by Joe Abercrombie

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is utterly unprep [...]

Published: 2008

Our rating: 8.9 | 5 positive reader reviews

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Last Argument Of Kings

The First Law: Book 3 written by Joe Abercrombie

The King of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt, and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No one believes that the shadow of war is about to fall across [...]

Published: 2008

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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