Introducing a cast of unforgettable new characters, A LITTLE HATRED is the start of a brand new trilogy set in the world of the First Law which will have you gripped from the very start . . .
War. Politics. Revolution.
The Age of Madness has arrived . . .
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 specialises in disappointments.
Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.
The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another . . .
It’s been a while since I last read a Joe Abercrombie book and the First Law series was something of a favourite, so this, the first in a new series (The Age of Madness) set in the same world was something of a treat. The world has moved on a bit since Logen Ninefingers and the few characters from his time are old and fading, but their children and grandchildren are beginning to stake their place in the world.
The writing is as good as ever, gripping hold of you and racing along across Adua and the cold north of Angland, from battlefields to ballrooms, from soldiers to socialites, Abercrombie spares no one, all will suffer if they try to rise too far too fast.
Not many authors would revisit a world they’d previously written about, drag it forward in time and yet preserve the things that made it so interesting in the first place, but Abercrombie does just that, and it’s very enjoyable.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour, but all opinions remain my own.