Aug 28, 2009

The Heroes (UPDATED)

In somewhat timely fashion (Best Served Cold Review), Joe Abercrombie has announced the title and a rough description of his next novel in the First Law Universe (does it have a name yet). He's anticipating it will be similar in length to Best Served Cold and unfortunately, probably won't be released until Feb 2011.

Here's the summary:

Both because the action centres around a ring of standing stones called the Heroes, and because it's about heroism and that (meant semi-ironically, of course). It mostly takes place over the course of three days, and is the story of a single battle for control of the North. Think Lord of the Rings meets A Bridge Too Far, with a sprinkling of Band of Brothers and Generation Kill. It's about war, you get me? Principally it follows the (mis)adventures of six assorted persons on both sides and different levels of command, whose paths intersect during the course of the battle in various fateful, horrible, wonderful, surprisingly violent, surprisingly unviolent, and hilarious ways. With the Northmen: a veteran losing his nerve who just wants to keep his crew alive, an ex-Prince determined to claw his way back to power by any means necessary, a young lad determined to win a place in the songs for himself. With the Union: A depressive swordsman who used to be the king's bodyguard, a profiteering standard-bearer, and the venomously ambitious daughter of the Marshal in command. But of course a fair few familiar faces show up on both sides...
Check out the full story over on Joe's blog. And if you haven't read any his work yet, you are missing out on some seriously good stuff.

UPDATE: I asked a question of Joe over on his blog regarding the title of his fantasy world/series title. His fantasy world is The Circle of the World and the overarching book series is "The Song of the Sword of Time of the Fallen." I think he's being sarcastic but I really hope he's not.

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