The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
by Jesse Bullington
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841497839
Date: 03 December 2009 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: A début novel by American newcomer Jesse Bullington. The Sad Tale of The Brothers Grossbart is a quite extraordinary piece following the dark adventures of a pair of psychotic brothers marauding through medieval Europe. It is a novel of great humour, deep theology and gratuitous murder and quite unlike anything I've read before. I absolutely loved it and hotly tip this hugely powerful and wickedly playful début as one of the books of the year for sure! Watch out for this one being released by Orbit on both sides of the Atlantic in the coming month. It is not to be missed!!!
"In the plague-wracked and devil-haunted darkness of Medieval Europe, an elite few enjoy opulent lives while the majority eke out a miserable existence in abject poverty. Hungry creatures stalk the deep woods and desolate mountains, and both sea and sky teem with unspeakable horrors. For those ill-fated masses not born into wealth, life is but a vicious trial to be endured before the end of days. Hegel and Manfried Grossbart could give a toss. Being of low birth means little, after all, when the riches of the mighty wait just inside the next crypt. The grave-robbing twins know enough about crusading to realise that if one is to make a living from the dead, what better destination than the fabled tomb-cities of Egypt? But the Brothers Grossbart are about to discover that all legends have their truths, and worse fates than death await those who would take the red road of villainy ..."