Joe Abercrombie has announced the signing of a new three-book deal with HarperCollins Voyager. The new books will be set in an alternative-history version of Europe (so not the First Law world) and will be loosely connected to one another rather than forming a single story, so not a trilogy in the formal sense of the word. The new books will also be aimed a wider audience than his previous books, with the books being able to be read by both adult and youngsters.
The first book will be called Half a King and will be published in July 2014. The sequels, Half the World and Half a War, will follow in January and July 2015. According to Abercrombie:
"With this trilogy I’ve set out to do something a little
different—shorter, tighter, and with a broad, page-turning appeal—while
still giving readers the vivid characters, crunching action, twisting
plots and black humour that I’m known for."
Commissioning editor Jane Johnson at HarperCollins:
"I've never experienced such universal enthusiasm for a project in all my
years at HarperCollins. We received the submission on a Wednesday and
by Thursday afternoon everyone had read and adored it - the whole
building was buzzing with the huge potential for this series. Nick Lake
(Children's), Emma Coode (Voyager) and I discussed a cross-divisional
strategy and on that basis offered immediately. Both Nick and I have
been fans of Joe's adult work since The Blade Itself, but I had no idea he had so many other fans in-house."
According to Joe's blog, Joe's next First Law project (probably a new trilogy) will remain at Gollancz, with a publication date to be determined but unlikely to be before 2017. Joe has also confirmed that his worldwide sales have now reached the ballpark of 3 million.