This is NOT groundbreaking news; no need to get your breeches in a twist… It’s been floating around in the hazy parallel universe of rumors for a while. But now that it has been mentioned both by Gollancz and Scott Lynch on official outlets, we can somewhat-safely assume that the 4th installment of the Gentleman Bastard sequence, The Thorn of Emberlain, will be released sometime before the end of the year.
Enjoy the newly released cover of the much anticipated next installment of the Gentleman Bastard sequence! Courtesy of Scott Lynch. Gollancz adds a few tidbits in their announcement including the mention of a probable late 2015 release date. The cover was designed by Alejandro Colucci.
Feel free to speculate in comments!
Scott went on a question-answering rampage on his tumblr account–to our greatest delight! Here is a list of discussed topics:
– Don Salvara’s feud
– Therin calendar (question by yours truly)
– medicine and remedies
– returning characters here and here
– “coming attractions” (mild spoilers)
– pronunciation of “Sabetha” and “Jean”
Scott has recently posted a few updates on his tumblr account. One of them concerns the release date of the Gentleman Bastards sequence’s next opus, The Thorn of Emberlain. Progress on the book is still going well. Scott expects it to be released in mid-to-late 2015.
Other topics include gentling, the Wicked Sisters, hardcovers, touring, and TV/movie adaptation. Enjoy!
Geek Bomb‘s latest “Book Club” video chat was dedicated to The Lies of Locke Lamora and featured Scott as well as friends from over at ‘Thieves Prosper’. Scott discusses the making of the first opus, gives a quick update about the progress of The Thorn of Emberlain (might be finished in the next couple of months!), talks titles (#6 may change…), and drops hints about the Sanzas’ sexual preferences!
A couple of tidbits from The Thorn of Emberlain front.
First, Scott posted a short update concerning the progress of the next installment of the Gentleman Bastard series. The book is “very deeply underway” and should be finished “only a bit later than hoped.” Since original predictions were late 2014-early 2015, we can only assume that this means spring 2015, if all goes well.
Second, Scott intends to read the first excerpt of The Thorn of Emberlain at Finncon. We’ll keep you updated once we know more.
In the meantime, we remind you that Scott’s latest short story is out in Rogues, should you need your Lynch fix!
Update: The reading from The Thorn of Emberlain is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, at 3pm. If you are attending Finncon, please send us a recording or summary!
Testimony to the fact that Scott is deep into the crafting of The Thorn of Emberlain, he has been posting tidbits of background information concerning Vadran society and culture on his Tumblr account. Here is an fascinating excerpt from his post concerning Vadran sexuality and relationships:
The platonic ideal of the Vadran marriage is a partner gifted in arms and a partner gifted in subterfuge.
Several book booksellers have been advertising the eminent release of The Bastards and the Knives, the long-awaited prequel of the Gentleman Bastard sequence. Don’t hold your breath. This simply is a common case of retail over-optimism. The book was originally supposed to contain two novellas “The Mad Baron’s Mechanical Attic” and “The Choir of Knives,” filling in the backstory of the gang (a snippet at a 2012 reading in NY here). Scott announced in March 2013 that they were being reworked to create a bridge between The Republic of Thieves and The Thorn of Emberlain. He recently tweeted that “the book does not exist and will not for years.”
On a brighter note, it seems that Scott is making good progress on the next installment of the series. He even ventured a possible release date of Fall 2014 and editors have confirmed that Scott began working on it before the final edits of The Republic of Thieves. We can all look forward to:
THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN, the fourth book in the Gentleman Bastard sequence, picks up about half a year after The Republic of Thieves and finds Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen trying to get back on their feet with a major con. They’re trying to sell the services of a non-existent mercenary company to the besieged city-state of Emberlain, hoping to escape with the hiring fees before the chaos of the Vadran civil war overruns Emberlain. Naturally, things don’t go according to plan…