Joe Abercrombie

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




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. ...more

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The Last of Us Part II

So, I have played the long awaited sequel to Naughty Dog’s magisterial slice of harrowing character-driven survival horror The Last of Us, which I rhapsodised about back in 2013.  Looking back, a lot of what I said about that game – the great character work and performances, the stunning detail of the setting, the wince-inducing violence and the gruelling darkness of the whole thing – more or less

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The Blade Itself (The First...

4.17 avg rating — 158,450 ratings — published 2006 — 108 editions
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Before They Are Hanged (The...

4.30 avg rating — 109,774 ratings — published 2007 — 94 editions
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Last Argument of Kings (The...

4.29 avg rating — 103,320 ratings — published 2008 — 12 editions
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Best Served Cold

4.18 avg rating — 61,297 ratings — published 2009 — 75 editions
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The Heroes (First Law World...

4.30 avg rating — 40,914 ratings — published 2011 — 65 editions
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Red Country (First Law Worl...

4.30 avg rating — 33,797 ratings — published 2012 — 47 editions
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Half a King (Shattered Sea,...

3.97 avg rating — 47,986 ratings — published 2014 — 67 editions
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Half the World (Shattered S...

4.20 avg rating — 28,836 ratings — published 2015 — 61 editions
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Half a War (Shattered Sea, #3)

4.02 avg rating — 22,934 ratings — published 2015 — 56 editions
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A Little Hatred (The Age of...

4.47 avg rating — 12,033 ratings — published 2019 — 32 editions
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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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