Joe Abercrombie

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Joe Abercrombie

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in Lancaster, England, The United Kingdom
December 31, 1974




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Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter. In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.

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Metal Gear Solid has always been, for me, aslightly baffling mixture of the ground-breaking, the mind-blowing, the absurd, and the head-scratchingly self-indulgent, and that’s perhaps never been so true as with this latest instalment, number 5 (though it feels more like number 20) The Phantom Pain.

Without doubt, there is a lot here that’s hugely impressive and overall it’s a compelling and rewa...

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Average rating: 4.17 · 307,681 ratings · 18,316 reviews · 49 distinct works · Similar authors
The Blade Itself (The First...
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 75,767 ratings — published 2006 — 67 editions
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Before They Are Hanged (The...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 58,276 ratings — published 2007 — 52 editions
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Last Argument of Kings (The...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 53,722 ratings — published 2008 — 50 editions
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Best Served Cold (First Law...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 28,615 ratings — published 2009 — 50 editions
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The Heroes (First Law World...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 21,564 ratings — published 2011 — 44 editions
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Red Country (First Law Worl...
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 16,815 ratings — published 2012 — 33 editions
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Half a King (Shattered Sea,...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 17,781 ratings — published 2014 — 32 editions
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Half the World (Shattered S...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 8,750 ratings — published 2015 — 25 editions
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Half a War (Shattered Sea, #3)
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 4,665 ratings — published 2015 — 12 editions
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The First Law Trilogy
4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 4,041 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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The Blade Itself Before They Are Hanged Last Argument of Kings
The First Law (3 books)
4.18893585368428 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 198,967 ratings

Best Served Cold The Heroes Red Country
First Law World (3 books)
4.199423863398907 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 66,998 ratings

Half a King Half the World Half a War
Shattered Sea (3 books)
4.076555177505297 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 31,154 ratings

The Blade Itself #1 The Blade Itself #2 The Blade Itself #3 The Blade Itself #4
The First Law Comics (4 books)
4.396216500262743 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 1,903 ratings

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First law (1 book)
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating

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“I have learned all kinds of things from my many mistakes. The one thing I never learn is to stop making them.”
Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings

“Once you've got a task to do, it's better to do it than live with the fear of it.”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

“Has it ever occured to you, Master Ninefingers, that a sword is different from other weapons? Axes and maces and so forth are lethal enough, but they hang on the belt like dumb brutes. But a sword...a sword has a voice.
Sheathed it has little to say, to be sure, but you need only put your hand on the hilt and it begins to whisper in your enemy's ear. A gentle word. A word of caution. Do you hear it?
Now, compare it to the sword half drawn. It speaks louder, does it not? It hisses a dire threat. It makes a deadly promise. Do you hear it?
Now compare it to the sword full drawn. It shouts now, does it not? It screams defiance! It bellows a challenge! Do you hear it?”
Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself


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Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
(The Great Library, #1)
  6 votes, 42.9%

Siren's Call (Rainshadow, #4; Harmony, #12) by Jayne Castle
Siren's Call by Jayne Castle
(Rainshadow #4)
  2 votes, 14.3%

Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1) by Jessica Day George
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
(Silver in the Blood, #1)
  2 votes, 14.3%

Bound to Darkness (Midnight Breed #13) by Lara Adrian
Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian
(Midnight Breed #13)
  2 votes, 14.3%

Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin, #13) by Jennifer Estep
Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep
(Elemental Assassin, #13)
  2 votes, 14.3%

Half a War (Shattered Sea, #3) by Joe Abercrombie
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
(Shattered Sea, #3)
  0 votes, 0.0%

Dragon Fall (Black Dragons, #1) by Katie MacAlister
Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister
(Black Dragons, #1)
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Wicked Embers (Souls of Fire, #2) by Keri Arthur
Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur
(Souls of Fire #2)
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