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A Little Hatred

(The Age of Madness #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  6,928 ratings  ·  876 reviews
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in
Hardcover, First US Edition, 480 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Orbit
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Eli You probably can, however, those three stand-alone subsequent books are even more amazing than the trilogy. And they have couple of character arcs…moreYou probably can, however, those three stand-alone subsequent books are even more amazing than the trilogy. And they have couple of character arcs from the trilogy continued and characters getting closures. So, probably nothing from those books will affect the plot here, however, you might find yourself wondering how did those characters get there (if you remember those characters, that is). Read them, man. They are really good.(less)
S.E. Berrow The First Law is FULL of political messaging. That's what makes it so wicked sharp and awesome. If you can handle the politics in the First Law (e.g.…moreThe First Law is FULL of political messaging. That's what makes it so wicked sharp and awesome. If you can handle the politics in the First Law (e.g. corporations controlling the state, individuals driving corporations, the manipulation of conflict in foreign states to seize power and the pointlessness of war, revenge etc.), then you can handle the politics in the Age of Madness.(less)

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Robin Hobb
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: solid-fantasy
First, the usual caveats. I received an advance copy of this book, free, from the publishers. And I consider Joe Abercrombie a friend. I do not think that affects my review of this book.

Joe Abercrombie continues to do what he does best. He sets up a very large chess board, with multiple pieces. Often several pieces are in motion at the same time, and as always, the pieces are all the same color. It is truly up to the reader to decide which faction they will cheer for, as the characters continue
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grimdark fantasy fans
ARC provided by the publisher—Gollancz—in exchange for an honest review.

Grim, dark, fun, and glorious; A Little Hatred is irrefutably worth the wait.

Let me begin by saying that although this is a new series in the First Law World and you can technically start your journey into this world here, it’s quite mandatory to read at least The First Law trilogy in order to fully appreciate the intricacies of this book; even better if you’ve also read Best Served Cold and The Heroes. Reading A Little
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

‘War? It’s a fight so big almost no one comes out of it well’

First of all, this is not fantasy as we know it. In fact, this is barely fantasy at all. Undoubtedly epic, with more than a hint of magic, this is a high fantasy world with a low fantasy feel. It's a sign of the times- even the big hitters are pursing influence though finance and banking instead of sorcery… The First Law world is, for all intents and purposes, our world. As a result, the book reads a bit more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joe Abercrombie has written an outstanding, earth-shattering book. A Little Hatred, is the first book of his new trilogy The Age of Madness, which is based in the world he created for The First Law trilogy. The lands of The Union and its neighbouring empires reverberate with the past echoes of battles, courageous exploits and heroic characters. Characters such as Logan Ninefingers, Dogman, Black Dow, The Feared, Jezal dan Luther and Sand dan Glokta, are still mentioned in revered
Nicholas Eames
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep, this was as awesome as I'd hoped it would be. Witty, bloody, and fun. Phenomenal characters abound, and it sets the stage for even grander things to come.
James Lafayette Tivendale
I received an advanced review copy of A Little Hatred in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Joe Abercrombie and Gollancz.

This first novel in The Age of Madness series is set a generation after The First Law trilogy. We are reintroduced to this world as it is in a bit of a crisis. It's a new age that features the introduction of machinery, a potential revolution, brutal hard labour, and the fear and hatred of progression. It's reaching a boiling point and that could soon equate
Nick T. Borrelli
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

For those who hold Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy in the utmost esteem like I do, you will be very pleased to know that this book is the start of a new series set in that same world. In fact, some of the main characters in A LITTLE HATRED are the children or other family members of characters from First Law. The setting is also a very familiar one, with the action taking place some years after the turbulent events of the first series. All of this makes for a wonderful transition and
Myke Cole
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Little Hatred would be a remarkable book in ANY genre. Fantasy fans are beyond fortunate that Joe chose this one.

Abercrombie returns to the world of The First Law without missing a beat, displaying the same incredible empathy, evocative prose, and intensely relatable characters, all navigating one of the most intricate and well-constructed plot mazes I’ve ever had the pleasure to navigate.

Seriously. This book is so good, it makes me want to give up writing. That is the highest compliment I can
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
“Wars may be won by the clever, but battles have to be fought by the brave.”

I’m confident in saying this is Joe Abercrombie’s best work.
Ed McDonald
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you get sent a book written by one of the people whose work you do your best not to rip off. I was sent an advanced reader copy by Gollancz. Here’s what I thought.

Zero spoilers.

For an author, the problem with reading the books of another author whom you kind of grew up on, is that (a) you’re really worried about whether their work will stand up, like when you try and watch The Princess Bride with someone who has never seen it before and really hope they’ll like it, and (b) if you’re
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s been quite a few years since we had a novel set in the First Law World, and returning to it was a bit like coming home to a comfortable place—well, at least as homey and comforting as it can possibly be when it comes to a Joe Abercrombie book, but you get my meaning. And one thing is certain, A Little Hatred is in every way a story you can expect from the Lord of Grimdark, essentially told in a gritty style heavily
Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he’s a hell of a writer. The First Law trilogy captivated me from the first page of The Blade Itself with fascinating characters, a great intrigue and thrilling unpredictability. A Little Hatred takes place 30 years after the events of Heroes.

The Northmen are invading the Union. The industrialization has been gaining momentum for a while. Business-savvy individuals make fortunes at the cost of unprivileged masses. Savine dan Glokta, the ruthless daughter of
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll give this 4 stars, but it's like a Schrodinger 4 where it can be a 5 and a 1 at the same time.
I sure love putting myself into rating dilemmas don't I?!
I hate one small part of this, not even a part but one thing, but again this is dark fantasy and this should be expected shouldn't it?
I guess this all depends on how it goes in book 2.

But for all of you Dark Fantasy lovers out there, this was awesome. My problem with it is more personal views than anything.
The writing, the characters, the
James Islington
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not going to write a long review for this, because if you’re an existing fan of the world of The First Law, it’s pretty simple – just go and get it. It’s a brilliant addition.

For those unfamiliar with Joe Abercrombie’s work, The First Law trilogy - of which this new series is a continuation, one generation down the track - is basically the epitome of ‘grimdark’: a gritty, low magic setting and a story with plenty of real-world swearing, sex scenes, and (at best) morally ambiguous
Milda Page Runner
Bloody awesome! This book is everything I expected and more.
I suppose if you read any of the First Law books you won’t need my encouragement to grab it. If you haven’t… personally I wouldn’t recommend starting with this one. Plenty of references to past events and many old faces show up on the screen – you’d be missing out on too much context and irony. In my opinion you need at least First Law trilogy and the Heroes to fully appreciate this story.
Whilst it’s not the end the story (obviously) it
By the dead, this is the best fantasy novel I read this year. Six out of five bloody stars.

This novel is one helluva breathless ride. Joe Abercrombie is one of the most entertaining writers I've ever read. Don't expect too much literary, poetic stuff. He has carved his own niche. Like most of his characters, his writing is lean, mean, cheeky and exhilarating at the same time.

Show-don't-tell principle is applied with very little exposition, supported by great pacing. I never feel bored. I lose
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“She knew with one twitch of a sword she might lose her lover, her home, her future. People can be so tough, survive so much hunger and cold and disappointment, take beatings you wouldn’t believe and come out stronger. But they can be so fragile, too. One sharp piece of metal is all it takes to turn a man into mud. One little stroke of bad luck. One ill-judged whisper.”

Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he makes me want to smash his books into my face over and over again because they are so
Michael Sliter
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four Stars

Expectations are a funny thing. From authors with a track record of utter success, who resonate with you on multiple levels, you simply set your expectations higher than they should be. Higher than you set for other authors, and you expect the world. It's no surprise, then, that you end up being a little let down from time to time. Just a little, though.

A Little Hatred would probably be closer to a 5 star for another author, but the weight of what came before somewhat overwhelms it.
One of my highly expected novels of 2019, The First Law: The Next Generation Volume 1, aka A Little Hatred, was even better than expected; clearly a first volume so the big picture is still unclear, but lots of things happen and there is a great ending that makes it a complete volume independent of sequels, though of course much is promised.

There are 6 main characters, all children of the original first law books (most of the original characters still are around at least to start with).

The 3
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A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1) by Joe Abercrombie is set in the same world as his magnificent First Law series and boy is it a treat to be back.

“The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince
Peter McLean
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Welcome back to The Union, some twenty years later. Welcome to the industrial revolution, to a new world of belching smokestacks and Dickensian deprivation, of child labour and urchin chimney sweeps, cotton lung and the workhouse. Welcome to the dark Satanic mills of progress.

I've always been impressed by Abercrombie's ability to switch from laugh-out-loud hilarity to utter horror and back again in the space of a few pages, but in this book it's stronger than ever. Never knowing which you're
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
4.8 stars. Review will probably come at some point.
kartik narayanan
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another classic Joe Abercrombie. Brutal, gritty, poignant.
But I found it to be a bit of a slow burn. The story takes its time introducing characters and builds up pace only towards the middle. Then it turns into a fast express with a satisfying payoff towards the end.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will be lucky if I read 70 books by the end of the year… it’s sort of sad because in years past I’ve read up and over 200. I’m running way behind on reading and even further behind on reviewing. I feel like I’m one of the last people to review this, so if you’ve already read this I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Some authors will experiment with different writing styles, tones, themes, or genres and it’s almost as if you’re reading a totally different author with each series. Others
S. Naomi Scott
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
++ DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review. ++

I was a little concerned going into this book as I’d already seen a number of reviews saying that despite it being the first of a new series, you really had to have read Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy in order to fully appreciate this new novel from the self-appointed Lord of Grimdark. Given that I’m a veritable Abercrombie virgin, I was worried that I’d miss
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As another reviewer said, Abercrombie has still got it, and then some! What a fantastic start to the new First Law series, with a fascinating historical backdrop centering on the social upheaval at the dawn of the industrial revolution (a theme that resonates today, at the dawn of a technological revolution fueled by automation and artificial intelligence). There's some oblique social commentary in this context. Or maybe not. But in any case, the real point is that it sets the stage for some ...more
Twerking To Beethoven
Wow, just wow. It's taken me a while to finish this book as I've been awfully busy of lately but, at the end of the day, it allowed me to savour "A Little Hatred" one line at a time and, once again, Abercrombie delivered. Fantastic book, truly satisfying with a couple of mind-blowing moments towards the end.

Five glorious stars. One of the best novels of 2019, me thinks.
Sir Anni
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 Stars :) ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-books
Simply put, book of the year. No two ways about it. And for a no spoiler review, keep reading.

Abercrombie is at the top of his game. He struts into the circle like a ringmaster who knows he has the lions trained to follow his every twitch. He makes, words, characters, and situations jump through hoops and obstacles like a magician. This is peak craftsmanship at work. Nothing wasted, nothing extra, all words where they need to be, all characters as fleshed out as they can be. You will love them,
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
This review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

A Little Hatred, the first book in Abercrombie’s new The Age of Madness trilogy sees the author return to the world of his The First Law trilogy. I’ve seen a few people asking whether or not you can read A Little Hatred without having first read The First Law trilogy. And, I thought, as someone who has read The First Law trilogy and the subsequent standalone books that take place in the same
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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 ...more

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