Over on his site Joe Abercrombie has posted about the planning that went into the map that will appear on the dust cover of his new novel Red Country.
I’m a great fan of maps, especially maps that are done well. This third map follows the trend already started with the map of Styria in Best Served Cold and the map of the area the battle took place in The Heroes.
Joe has commented on his blog in the past that he is not a big lover of maps, or the fantasy trend of world maps in general. He feels it restricts the author to write within the confines they’ve created by doing a map. He prefers to leave The First Law world up to the readers imagination, the edges of the map blurred so to speak.