I hear nothing but good things — really, nothing but great things — about Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series. The opening novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and placed second in the Locus poll for First Novel, and became a bestseller in paperback. The Republic of Thieves placed third in the 2014 Locus poll for Best Fantasy Novel.
The series so far is composed of:
The Lies of Locke Lamora (June 2006)
Red Seas Under Red Skies (June 2007)
The Republic of Thieves (October 2013)
Next month Gollancz releases The Bastards and the Knives, an omnibus collection of two prequel novellas in the series, “The Mad Baron’s Mechanical Attic” and “The Choir of Knives.” Both are previously unpublished.
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Here’s the description.
These two novellas tell the story of how Locke, Jean and the other gentleman bastards acquired the Austershalin brandy that played such a key role in the con at the centre of The Lies of Locke Lamora and how they managed to avoid being killed by the elite assassins known as the Choir of Knives. These two novellas will fill in the backstory of the Bastards and allow fans to revisit the pleasures of the banter and antics of Caldo, Galdo and Bug as well discover how Locke and Jean forged their gang. They will also serve as an excellent introduction to Locke and his world for new readers. And because these are novellas by Scott Lynch they will also provide 100,000 words full of devious con-work, high adventure, razor sharp dialogue and rich atmosphere.
Amazon describes The Bastards and the Knives as “Book 0 of 5 in the Gentleman Bastards Series,” which I guess tells me that there are two more novels planned (although I’ve also heard the series described as an anticipated seven volumes, so take your pick).
Gollancz is a British publisher (and that description is just packed with goofy English spelling), but Amazon and other sites are advertising it as being available next month, so I assume this is a US edition, maybe? Hard to say.
The Bastards and the Knives will be published by Gollancz on March 1, 2017. It is 336 pages, priced at $7.69 in paperback, which is kinda a weird price? So it may be an import. I’ll know more when my copy arrives.
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