The Geomancer


The Blade Itself

Fantasy Book Critic is holding a contest. Twenty lucky winners will be awarded an advance reading copy of Joe Abercrombie’s fantasy debut The Blade Itself. The USA release date for The Blade Itself is September 30, 2007 and in support of the book, readers can look forward to a review and an interview with author Joe Abercrombie from Fantasy Book Critic in late August/early September. Giveaway ends Friday, July 27, 2007 – 11:59AM PST.

Meanwhile, here is the final full jacket of the book. This was composed by Jaqueline Cooke, following the original design by Laura Brett. Astute readers will notice font changes from the UK edition, though we share the letter "h." Also the final printed version will see gold foil used to limn the title and author's name, with the arrow design and the words "the first law: book one" in solid foil.

"If you're fond of bloodless, turgid fantasy with characters as thin as newspaper and as boring as plaster saints, Joe Abercrombie is really going to ruin your day. A long career for this guy would be a gift to our genre."- Scott Lynch, author of The Lies of Locke Lamora


  1. greetings from andry chang, author of my own novelblog
    FireHeart Saga

  2. Anonymous2:53 AM

    Can I just drop in a mention for Joe Abercrombie's website, which is currently in holding-page mode at The full site is currently in development and should be launching towards the end of the month.

  3. Yeah, thanks for that. I was holding off blogging it till it was fully up, but plan to tout it when it is!