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The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4)

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With 50,000 copies sold of The Republic of Thieves and with praise from the likes of Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin the saga of the Gentleman Bastard has become a favourite and key part of the fantasy landscape. And now Locke Lamora, thief, con-man, pirate, political deceiver must become a soldier.

A new chapter for Locke and Jean and finally the war that has been bre
Hardcover, 512 pages
Expected publication: April 2017 by Gollancz
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Stefano Galluzzi lynch in june said he was slightly behind schedule and hoped to have the book out in stores by spring 2015

Edit: The book is now scheduled for a…more
lynch in june said he was slightly behind schedule and hoped to have the book out in stores by spring 2015

Edit: The book is now scheduled for a mid-2016 release.(less)

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Oct 21, 2013 Wealhtheow marked it as to-read
I just finished The Republic of Thieves and am desperate for the next installment of the Gentleman Bastard series. These books are insanely smart, absurdly funny, and have so many plot twists and HOLY SHIT moments that they're basically adrenaline in novel form.
Sep 25, 2015 Armina marked it as to-read

COVER REVEAL!!! And it was on March 4th! A WHOLE week ago. Some fan I am .....!!! How could I've missed this? And how could you, guys?!!! Yes, you(you know who you are)! Credits go to Vippi because I did see the news in her feed! Thanks, ragazza!


Also, there are rumors for a "firm"(that's a tricky term when speaking of Scott Lynch) release date of the book(don't trust the July publication date posted here in GR; it's all bullocks, but read more details below):
Aug 30, 2016 Giovanna marked it as to-read
Delayed again, April 2017. This is starting to make me angry.

I swear it was July five seconds ago. AND NOW IT IS 2016!!! Nooooooooo.

Why does this cover sucks? The first one was so beautiful...*cries*

Jan 06, 2014 Kalibaatje marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Really hope this one has more schemes & thieving... and less girls. Or at least less troubled and illogical girls.
Book 3 was okay, but I really hope 4 picks up the pace again.
Oct 26, 2013 Sara marked it as to-read
Let's hope it takes less than six years. That is all I need to be happy.
Jul 20, 2016 Seth rated it it was amazing
Ok rude people, LISTEN UP. Someone made something you really enjoy, and instead of being grateful and taking it for what it is and accepting their writing process you moan and groan about YOUR needs. Art is not something you rush, and an artist who is a master of their craft is definitely not something to be taken for granted. So..Before you write an all capslock post about how they owe you, please just don't. Realize you are excited, not frustrated, and keep it positive. That is all.
Dec 17, 2013 Serenity marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Release tentatively set for Fall 2014!
Nov 06, 2015 Vippi marked it as to-read
Shelves: seguiti, on-my-shelf

2016. Delayed again...
I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel...


September 17th???!


Cover released!!! :D

We have to wait till July, though.
Jun 02, 2014 Fiona marked it as to-read
November? This November? *soft whimper*
Dec 25, 2016 Sarah added it
Shelves: maybe
Was it as good as, say, The Way of Kings?


Probably not. Yes, it was a very clever book. It wasn't boring and the pacing was great.

But the thing is - I didn't like Locke or his crew all that much.
I'm judging from the entire series now as it's been too long for me to make subtle distinctions but I know that I'm unlikely to pick up this next instalment.

By the end of the third book I was feeling a little angry with Locke for being so star struck and pathetic around his love interest.
I must say - I fe
The release date has my approval, the cover does not. Who are those armored goons? And will we witness Locke making fun of them?

Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Oh my wonderful cameo. Worth every pound.
Pranshu Shelat
Oct 20, 2013 Pranshu Shelat marked it as to-read
Well no mention of release date anywhere on the internet...
Man, a bit frustrated...
I mean, at least we should have something to look forward to... But nothing...
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
Certainly my most anticipated read of 2016.
No, my most anticipated read EVER.
My life need some Locke and Jean, it's been too long !
Aug 23, 2016 Anne marked it as to-read
New update: This book will not be available in September. As of now, there is no release date available. You can check out Mr. Lynch's post on the issues extending the wait for this book here.

*goes quietly into a corner to sob*


Update: The Thorn of Emberlain WILL come out September 2016. Scott Lynch has confirmed it himself here.

I'm so freaking excited I think I quit breathing.


Please Please please don't let this get pushed back again. I wants it. I
Juniper Green
September? Really now?
Didn't it say "July" just a few days ago? And before that, didn't it say... Ah, my. It's all about the antici-

pation, I guess.
Aug 28, 2016 Sara marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2017-tbr
August 2016:
BOOM! It has been delayed AGAIN.

Let's see the positive aspect of this: I have more time to read book #3.
Mar 19, 2016 AH marked it as to-read
Yay! Summer reading for me!
Devontae Feller
Jul 29, 2015 Devontae Feller rated it it was amazing
just release already!! second favorite series ever!
Sep 26, 2016 Sarah marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-to-read-now
*looks longingly out a window, a tear slowly falling down my freckled cheek* when will this book be published?
Sep 25, 2016 Annie marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-out
Sorry, what? This is getting pushed back *again*? And to a nebulous non-specified future date? I'm very happy for Lynch getting engaged and moving etc etc etc but LORD. I was so excited. CRUSHED.
Alan Snowden
Sep 30, 2014 Alan Snowden is currently reading it
Scott I have re-read all of The Gentleman Bastard books at least 8x...when in 2014 will "The Thorn of Emberlain" be released...?
Sep 01, 2016 Diane marked it as to-read
Delayed again. it's fine. I'm fine.

Ana Dante
Mar 11, 2015 Ana Dante marked it as to-read


Aug 12, 2016 Kimberley rated it it was amazing
March 2018.... I AM NOT OKAY!!!

Why is Lamora being denied to me??
Jul 24, 2014 Campbell marked it as to-read
Shelves: crime
June 1st 2013
Jan 15, 2017 Evan marked it as to-read
when will the audiobook be released?
Mike Anderson
Jul 03, 2016 Mike Anderson marked it as to-read
I am concerned. I have the same vague sense of unease I had when I was waiting for Queen of Fire to come out, what with the long delay and the 2 previous books being a step or two below the first. That one turned out to be a disaster and I hope the Gentleman Bastards doesn't suffer the same fate. In a nutshell, I worry that the author used up all his tricks on the first one and is now scraping the barrel for inspiration.

That said, I'm buying it the minute it is released.
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I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I've lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.

The Lies of Locke Lamora, my first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this s
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Other Books in the Series

Gentleman Bastard (7 books)
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
  • The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
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