Joe Abercrombie - photo by Lou Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie (born on December 31, 1974) is a contemporary British fantasy author, known for writing the First Law trilogy.


Abercrombie studied psychology at the University of Manchester before going on to be a freelance film editor. Between editing sessions, he began writing The First Law trilogy, the first book of which - The Blade Itself - caught the attention of the Gollancz publishing company.

Over the next two years, the two subsequent novels in the trilogy (Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings) were also published, and in 2008, Abercrombie was nominated for the 2008 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Abercrombie went on to publish three stand-alone novels in the same universe: Best Served Cold in 2009, The Heroes in 2011 and Red Country in 2012.

His latest book, Half a King, is set to be released in July 2014. It will be his first novel not to be set in the First Law world.


First Law trilogy

The First Law trilogy consists of:

  1. The Blade Itself (May 2006)
  2. Before They Are Hanged (March 2007)
  3. Last Argument of Kings (March 2008)

Stand-alone novels

The three subsequent books were also set in the First Law universe:

Not set in the First Law world:

Short stories

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