Waiting on Wednesday - The Republic of Thieves

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Oct 8, 2013 (Del Rey)

With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.

Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body—though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring—and the Bondsmage’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.

Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha—or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.

Lynch's Gentleman Bastard sequence is another of those that I'm looking forward to catching up on, having heard plenty of good things, despite not yet having found time for a read. Originally, I had the series cued up for a back-to-back-to-back read, but my review schedule is looking rather full for the Fall, so I may have to content myself with catching up later. Then again, if another series fails to hold my attention, Lynch may very well steal top spot.


  1. I'm snagging that one for sure. His Lies of Locke Lamora was great and probably the best book I read that year.

  2. The Republic of Thieves is my pick for today, too. I just started reading Locke Lamora this week, and it's so good. I hope you find the time to squeeze them in this fall.

  3. The Gentlemen Bastards is my favorite fantasy series, so I can't wait for October to get here!

  4. I'm currently reading Red Seas Under Red Skies and to be honest, I'm only reading it because I have an ARC for Republic of Thieves. I'm really ambivalent about both books so far - they're not bad but they're not great ... just meh. The writing is pretty top notch and I appreciate the wittiness of the protagonists, but I'm struggling to care about anything that happens plot wise.


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