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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Vikings Season 2

It’s as if a set of TV Executives sat down with the express purpose of making a show Joe Abercrombie would really like, and they largely succeeded. Love, hate, violence and pagan strangeness abound as Scandinavia’s shiftiest opportunist, Ragnar Lothbrok, becomes embroiled not only in Vikingblood-feudsbut Saxon politics. I doubt they’d make any high cla...

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Average rating: 4.17 · 192,165 ratings · 11,268 reviews · 39 distinct works · Similar authors
The Blade Itself (The First...
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 52,477 ratings — published 2006 — 49 editions
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Before They Are Hanged (The...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 41,496 ratings — published 2007 — 42 editions
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Last Argument of Kings (The...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 37,575 ratings — published 2008 — 38 editions
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Best Served Cold
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 19,821 ratings — published 2009 — 45 editions
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The Heroes
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 15,409 ratings — published 2011 — 40 editions
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Red Country
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 10,845 ratings — published 2012 — 24 editions
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Half a King (Shattered Sea,...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 4,309 ratings — published 2014 — 11 editions
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The First Law Trilogy
4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 2,444 ratings — published 2008 — 7 editions
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The Blade Itself #1
4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 375 ratings
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The Blade Itself #2
4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 2013
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More books by Joe Abercrombie…
The Blade Itself Before They Are Hanged Last Argument of Kings
The First Law (3 books)
4.192085124343296 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 180,066 ratings

Half a King Half the World Half a War
Shattered Sea (3 books)
4.028227672373901 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 4,322 ratings

The Blade Itself #1 The Blade Itself #2 The Blade Itself #3 The Blade Itself #4
The First Law Comics (4 books)
4.424345847554038 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 879 ratings

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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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