Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster on the last day of 1974, the son of an English teacher and a sociologist. He spent much of his youth in imaginary worlds, and left school with a good idea of how to make stuff up. He moved to the big city, learned to brew tea, and ended up as a TV editor, working on documentaries, events and concerts for bands from Iron Maiden to Coldplay. But in the darkness of the night he was still making stuff up, and his first book, The Blade Itself, was published in 2006. He now lives in Bath with his wife Lou and their three children Grace, Eve and Teddy and makes stuff up full-time.
`Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else' Guardian
`This is my favourite Abercrombie book yet' PATRICK ROTHFUSS
`Joe Abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer. HALF A KING is a remarkable achievement - thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting. It's sure to garner him a whole new legion of fans' DEREK LANDY
`Enthralling. An up-all-night read' ROBIN HOBB
`HALF A KING can be summed up in a single word: Masterpiece' MYKE COLE
`With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, HALF A KING is definitely a full adventure' RICK RIORDAN
`A magnificent, captivating world.' James Dashner of MAZE RUNNER