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I went into The Trouble With Peace with high expectations only for it to far exceed them in every possible way. This is Joe Abercrombie at his best.
The Trouble With Peace picks up shortly after A Little Hatred. With an uneasy friendship between the Young Lion and the Great Wolf barely keeping the North together and the Breakers and Burners having slunk back into the shadows and slag of Midderland's industrial cities, the Union, under the newly crowned King Orso, has returned to a fragile state of peace. But, being an Abercrombie book, it is not long before the tendons of peace are cut by those whose ambitions know no limits. Which is pretty much everyone in the First Law world.
Joe Abercrombie earned his literary crown with the First Law Trilogy and had a monument raised in his honour with the subsequent standalones: Best Served Cold, The Heroes and Red Country. With A Little Hatred, the first in his brand new trilogy, The Age of Madness, the author has reached legendary status.
In the decades since defeating the Ghurkish Empire, the Union has given birth to the age of industry. A new era promises new beginnings and opportunities, but not for all. As the factory chimneys and furnaces belch riches, dissent permeates the slag. Revolution is coming. Meanwhile, up in the North, old wars continue to be waged by young warriors. A new age may be dawning, but the scars of the past are as prominent as ever.
A Little Hatred is a character driven novel that continues the ongoing saga of the Union’s conflict with the untamed north. Many elements in the book will be familiar to readers who have enjoyed Abercombie’s other excellent works. The First Magi, Bayaz, is still pulling strings from the shadows, and the rest of the world is still dancing to the grim tune of war.