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Publication Date confirmed for Scott Lynch’s THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES


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The Orion Publishing Group (UK & Commonwealth) and the Random House Publishing Group (US) are thrilled to announce the publication of the third instalment in Scott Lynch’s popular fantasy series that began with The Lies of Locke Lamora. THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES will release on October 10, 2013 in the UK and Commonwealth and October 8, 2013 in the US.


Here is the Random House release -


From Scott Lynch:

I have been open elsewhere about the nature of the delays in the writing of this book; it’s been a difficult and occasionally ugly span of time, and while everything has brightened considerably in the last year or so, it’s hard not to feel that depression and anxiety have stolen a chunk of my life outright, a chunk I would have preferred to use giving you more books. But it is what it is, and I like to think that there is some compensation: The version of THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES you’ll get is a tighter, more carefully considered, and (or so I flatter myself) more mature version than anything I might have handed in before.

Or so my cat tells me, and the voices in my head agree. And if you can’t trust the voices in an author’s head, who can you trust?

I know that readers have a sensibly-honed caution about long series that languish or threaten to go unfinished. I hope to get mine back on course with a vengeance, lest it become another task in Brandon Sanderson’s inbox. The poor guy is busy enough. So, THE LAST DANGEROUS V… Er, I mean, THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES! October 10th. And now it’s some other writer’s turn to wear the Crown of Lateness. I have already started work on the fourth Gentleman Bastard book, THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN.

Cheers! I’ll be in the UK this year for the World Fantasy Convention, and hopefully touring as well. I hope to see more than a few of you!


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Given the history of this book, I highly doubt Gollancz would press release in this way if they were not sure - really happy for Scott, this must have been one of the hardest points to reach he has faced.

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Good to have a strong contender for fantasy book of the year turn up at the end. I think that's a solid date and has been chosen as it fits into a good release block and gives them sufficient time to publicise, etc. After the delays - I don't think they'd risk another failed released date plus it says final manuscript.

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I'd rather go into it with way low expectations and be pleasantly surprised than super-high expectations and be disappointed after another long wait.

I understand that mindset, actually.

I'm looking forward to it a lot, but I don't have huge expectations. The first two books I thought were great fun, but not great works of literature or anything. I only want this one to be fun too.

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