From New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie comes the first book in a new blockbuster fantasy trilogy where the age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die.
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 specializes 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...
For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:
The First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings
Best Served Cold
The Shattered Sea Trilogy
Half a King
Half a World
Half a War
About the Author
Joe Abercrombie is the author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full-time writer and freelance film editor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fantasy follow-up and first of a new series - very interesting Following on from The First Law trilogy, this new series, the Age of Madness, begins with this novel, introducing several main interesting characters such as Savine, an investing capitalist and noble, and Riike, “blessed” with predicting ability. Both women get heavily involved in the struggles and conflicts of a world echoing the Industrial Revolution, the Terror of the French Revolution and Viking invasion. The plot is complicated and full of moral issues to stimulate the reader. Characters are interesting and developed, complex and ever-changing. There’s betrayal, battle, conspiracies, combat and death to spice up the diplomatic wranglings. Certainly enjoyable and provocative and therefore recommended. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.