26 January 2011


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. 

Mine for this week is..

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

Published by: Gollancz (UK) & Orbit (USA)
UK release date: 27th January 2011
US release date: 7th February 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Military
Summary (from Amazon):

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them. Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honour on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he's far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt. Even if it's his own. Prince Calder isn't interested in honour, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he'll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it. Just as long as he doesn't have to fight for it himself. Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what that is with the world burning down around him? Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail. Three men. One battle. No Heroes.

Fantasy-Faction's review of The Heroes can be found here.

Joe Abercrombie will also be appearing at the following….(see Orion's website for more information)
  • Thursday 27 January 2011 at 6:00PM
Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
London and South East

  • Friday 28 January 2011 at 12:00PM
Waterstone's Guildford High Street
London and South East

    What books can't you wait for?

    1 comment:

    Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

    This one has been on my list for a while - I still need to read some Abercrombie (I'm moving to Cardiff at the time of the signings so I'm gonna have to miss out - curses!).

    One I've heard about recently is The Enterprise of Death by Jesse Bullington. It sounds pretty dark, and them's my kind of book :)