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incorruptiblesPublished by Gollancz, August 14 2014
Trade Paperback £14.99 / eBook £7.99

“One part ancient Rome, two parts wild west, one part Faust. A pinch of Tolkien, of Lovecraft, of Dante. This is strange alchemy, a recipe I’ve never seen before. I wish more books were as fresh and brave as this” – PAT ROTHFUSS, author of The Kingkiller novels

From a remarkable new voice in fantasy fiction, John Hornor Jacobs, comes a voyage at the edge of the Empire with a gritty contemporary twist.

Set in a world inspired in equal measure by the Roman Empire and the Old West, THE INCORRUPTIBLES is a ground-breaking modern fantasy novel written in a roguish style reminiscent of bestselling fantasy writers including Joe Abercrombie, Chris Wooding and Mark Lawrence.
John Hornor Jacobs writes: ‘My inspirations for THE INCORRUPTIBLES include Lindsay Davies’ Falco mysteries and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series. But there is a great deal of Elmore Leonard’s westerns in this book as well. And of course, seated deep in the novel’s DNA is Tolkien’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS – you can take the boy out of Middle Earth, but you can’t take Middle Earth out of the boy.”
“It’s GUNSLINGER meets THE LORD OF THE RINGS. It is amazing.” Chuck Wendig

“an alternative world with numerous echoes of our own… a strong tale, well told, and sat very well with me” MARK LAWRENCE, author of The Broken Empire books

“Fantasy needs writers who push the envelope, and Jacobs finds the edge and tears right through it. If you want original, you’ve picked up the right book” – MYKE COLE, author of The Shadow Ops series

Set in the contested and unexplored territories at the edges of Empire, THE INCORRUPTIBLES follows a boat making its way up steam. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it from raiders, bandits and most of all, Stretchers elf-like natives who kill any intruders.

In the boat, the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to the warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party the two groups are thrown together.