The Trouble With Peace - The Age of Madness (Hardback)
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The Trouble With Peace - The Age of Madness (Hardback)

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Conspiracy and betrayal run rampant in this energetic piece of high octane fantasy, the second instalment in Joe Abercrombie’s magnificent The Age of Madness trilogy. 

Second in the AGE OF MADNESS trilogy, THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE is the next instalment of a series which is revolutionising fantasy . . .

Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield . . .

Savine dan Glokta, once Adua's most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.

For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.

Unrest worms into every layer of society. The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.

The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.


'All told within a complex, fascinating plot that will keep you up long after bed time.' - THE SUN

'Funny and sardonic, violent and compelling.' - GUARDIAN

'A tale of brute force and subtle magic on the cusp of an industrial revolution ... Buckle your seat belts for this one.' - ROBIN HOBB

'Crammed with characters and detail, the intricately woven story never slackens its merciless grip.' - DAILY MAIL

'A LITTLE HATRED is one of Abercrombie's best books yet.' - SFX

'Could scratch an itch for anyone missing Game Of Thrones.' - DEN OF GEEK

'Abercrombie at his gritty best and the opening to a new trilogy that could prove to be a masterpiece
of fantasy fiction' - STARBURST

'There is no one that writes this stuff like Abercrombie... nothing to hate here, even a little' - SFF WORLD

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780575095915
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 46 mm

Highly recommended - a funny, finely-wrought, terrifically energetic work of high fantasy. Seek it out -- Joe Hill

Fabulously written, nail-bitingly plotted, it lays bare the best and worst of human nature.

* Daily Mail *

A breakneck- speed fantasy book that brings in all the elements of a political thriller, action romp and reflective memoir. Job well done.

* The Sun *
Joe Abercrombie is a master of the genre * Lev Grossman *
When it comes to blood and guts in fantasy - there's nobody better versed than Joe Abercrombie. * The Sun *
The Trouble with Peace is a magnificent read that will leave fans begging for more * Starburst *
The books are good, really good. They pulled me in. Well-developed world. Unique, compelling characters. I like them so much that when I got to the end of the second book and found out the third book wasn't going to be out in the US for another three months, I experienced a fit or rage, then a fit of depression, then I ate some lunch and had a bit of lay down'
The first book in this new series was great. This is even of my books of the year * SFF World *
It's smart. It's witty. This is an absolutely top-notch work of fantasy * Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews *
Memorable characters, spellbindingly ferocious action, twists that scare a pretzel and gallows humour to die for, The Trouble with Peace mauls expectations to serve up a sublime sequel that's even better than it's showstopper of a predecessor * Novel Notions *
Clever dialogue and sharp humour...Without a doubt one of my favourite books of 2020 * The Bibliophile Chronicles *
The Trouble with Peace is effortlessly brilliant. Joe Abercrombie has created something truly amazing and I can't wait for the next book * The Bookbeard's Blog *
I thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the Abercrombie canon - lots of action as always, with a wry humour and plenty of intrigue * Ramblingmads *
Brutal, grim, and often so very compelling, The Trouble with Peace is a totally unputdownable grimdark story * I Should Read That *
I had insanely high expectations for the sequel. But The Trouble with Peace met pretty much all of them. * The Fantasy Inn *
My heart raced, my jaw dropped multiple times and I was left astonished! Say one thing for Abercrombie, say his books should come with a health warning! * The Fantasy Hive *

Nimble, brutal and hilarious, it's Abercrombie leading us into bloody war, so all bets are off!

* Daily Mail *
Abercrombie squeezes your heart till it matches his beat. No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie * Pierce Brown *
Brutal, unforgiving, and terribly fun. Everything awesome readers have come to expect from Joe Abercrombie. * Brian McClellan, author of SINS OF EMPIRE *
A Little Hatred is Abercrombie at his very best: witty, wise, and whip-smart. Masterfully plotted, the story begins at a simmer and soon boils over. Best of all, however, is the sprawling cast of morally ambiguous, foul-mouthed, sex-crazed, arse-scratching, unwittingly heroic characters, who are written with the stark and savage honesty Joe does so well. I had high hopes for this book, and it exceeded them all. * Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD *
Abercrombie continues to do what he does best . . . Buckle your seat belts for this one -- Robin Hobb

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“Brilliantly plotted, wry humour and vivid battle scenes”

The trouble with peace is that you have to go to war to keep it.

On the one side is the reluctant new king, who begrudgingly accepts his birthright and tries to do the right thing for his people. His opponent is... More

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“Once again, Joe Abercrombie has written another must-read book!”

The Trouble with Peace is the second book in the Age of Madness series, and follows on immediately after the events of the first book, A Little Hatred.

In The Trouble with Peace, wars are fought on the battlefield... More

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“Must-read for any fan of Grimdark”

While it took me a very long time to get settled with A Little Hatred, I enjoyed The Trouble With Peace far more from the start and found it extremely compelling – I ended up reading the five hundred page novel in two... More

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