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Joe Abercrombie


UK flag (b.1974)

UK fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings, as well as the standalone fantasy Best Served Cold.

Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, and his daughters Grace and Eve. He still occasionally edits concerts and music festivals for TV, but spends most of his time writing edgy yet humorous fantasy novels.
 


Genres: Fantasy
 
New and upcoming books
May 2025

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The Devils
(Devils , book 1)
Series
First Law
   1. The Blade Itself (2006)
   2. Before They Are Hanged (2007)
   3. Last Argument Of Kings (2008)
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First Law World
   1. Best Served Cold (2009)
   2. The Heroes (2010)
   3. Red Country (2012)
   Sharp Ends (2016)
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Shattered Sea
   1. Half a King (2014)
   2. Half the World (2015)
   3. Half a War (2015)
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Devils
   1. The Devils (2025)
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Joe Abercrombie recommends
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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London (2020)
(Left-Handed Booksellers of London, book 1)
Garth Nix
"A swashbuckling adventure with lashings of swordplay, dastardly intrigue, and the most original magic I've seen in years."
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The Night Lies Bleeding (2018)
(Wolfsangel, book 5)
M D Lachlan
"Savage, dark, strange and unpredictable."
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The Splintered Gods (2014)
(Memory of Flames, book 6)
Stephen Deas
"A fast, sharp, ruthless read."

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Books containing stories by Joe Abercrombie
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Grimdark Magazine Issue #19 (2019)
(Grimdark Magazine, book 19)
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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 11 (2017)
(Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, book 11)
edited by
Jonathan Strahan
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Unbound (2015)
Tales By Masters of Fantasy
(Unbound , book 1)
edited by
Shawn Speakman

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Awards
2015 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel : Half a King
2015 Locus Award for Best Novelette : Tough Times All Over

Award nominations
2021 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Trouble With Peace
2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Sharp Ends
2017 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Sharp Ends
2017 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Sharp Ends
2016 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : Half the World
2016 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : Half a War
2016 British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Half a War
2013 British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Red Country
2012 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Heroes
2012 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Heroes
2011 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : The Fool Jobs
2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Best Served Cold
2008 Astounding Award for Best New Writer (nominee) : The Blade Itself
2007 Locus Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : The Blade Itself


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