From the official Anne Groell (senior editor) told us we will–hopefully–be seeing Scott Lynch’s REPUBLIC OF THIEVES #spring2011″>Bantam Spectra Twitter:

Anne Groell (senior editor) told us we will–hopefully–be seeing Scott Lynch’s REPUBLIC OF THIEVES #spring2011

So, looks like the rumours were false. Again. Either that or the manuscript has been turned in (doubtful, given the wording of the twitter announcement) and needs a lot of work. Whichever way, I guess it’s just another delay for The Republic of Thieves. Still, with all this time in the oven, I think we can expect a pretty rockin’ book when it finally hits shelves. Now… where is The Bastards and the Knives?

UPDATE: According the Shawn Speakman, the manuscript has been turned in and already gone through a pass of edits. Good news. It’s also looking like the Spring date may be the result of Gollancz, Lynch’s UK publisher, having the rights to publish the novel first. Could we see a Holiday 2010 release in the UK/Canada and a Spring release in the USA?

  • The Mad Hatter February 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I did hear mention that Gollancz gets a certain window before Spectra can publish his books. So all this makes me wonder when it’ll be coming out in the UK.

  • Phoenix February 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    also from the twitter she said
    “Haven’t gotten to look at REPUBLIC yet, but I’m shaking in anticipation”
    to me it seems from this that it might be already in
    i think it might be at Gollancz and that the reason the she hopes for spring 2011 is because it all depends on when Gollancz publishes it, so they can wait out the waiting window
    (also it might not…. )
    so we seems like we actually need a gollancz not spectra conformation before we can reach any conclusion

  • edifanob February 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Now know why cancelled my order yesterday!

  • Blake Charlton February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm


  • Fran February 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Disappointing. But really I don’t mind a wait – I want it to be good!

  • The Mad Hatter February 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Could the Oct 2010 released date on Amazon UK be real for once? Hmmmm….

  • Phoenix February 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    now that is great news,

    any news though on the bastards and the knives?

  • Mauberly February 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Why Lynch don’t announce the book is done if that’s the case? Or Gollancz set the publishing date? I’m tired of these second hand rumours.

  • aidan February 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    @Mauberly – That’s what I’m curious about, too. If it’s done, I don’t understand why Lynch and his publishers haven’t been making a bigger deal of it. That said, I’ve contacted Simon Spanton at Gollancz, so hopefully we’ll have more official word on the UK/Canada release. The Spring 2011 date, though, is as official as it gets.

  • Adam Whitehead February 19, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Well the rumour was that the US would be publishing the book in early 2011. Which now appears to be the case. So not so much ‘wrong’ as more ‘right’, then ;-)

    The only thing that appears to have changed is that January 2011 is less likely and Spring 2011 now appears to be more the case.

  • Saladin February 21, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Well, that’s a bummer.

  • Kathleen February 24, 2010 at 10:04 am


  • Russ March 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Call me cynical or suspicious, but I’ve got a feeling that there is something weird going on with this book. Now, I’m not one of these entitled readers who spews nerdrage all over the place when a book is delayed, but we’re at 2 years of delays all ready and the publisher is now saying another year until publication?

    Yes….something very odd going on here, and that does not bode well for the final result. That’s a damn shame, by the way. The Lies of Locke Lamora is firmly in my top 10 fantasy books of all time.