No, not Farenheit 451. Over at Pyr-o-mania Lou Anders has announced that debut author Jon Sprunk has been signed to a 3 book deal with Pyr. His fantasy trilogy, comprised of Shadow's Son, Shadow's Lure, and Shadow's Master is given the following blurb.
The first book, Shadow’s Son, is the story of an assassin thrust into the
middle of a political and religious upheaval that threatens to topple the
last bastion of civilization. It's got everything that Pyr fantasy is coming
to represent - great action, grit & grime, morally ambiguous characters,
strong females who are more than foils, complex politics, actual magic, and
lots and lots of swordplay.
Now, I'm a huge fan of Pyr. They've only been on the scene for a few years and in my mind, they have established a reputation of quality publishing, to the point where I will give a book a chance just because its got the Pyr insignia on the spine. Ian McDonald (Brasyl, River of Gods), Joe Abercrombie (The Blade Itself), Kay Kenyon (The Entire and the Rose), the Fast Forward anthologies (Fast Forward 1). All quality. All Pyr. Right now, I'm eagerly anticipating Paul McAuley (The Quiet War), another British author getting a lot of good press before his US debut.
One of my favorite things that Pyr does is publishing on a schedule thats reader-centric. Rather than rolling out US releases for UK books out several months or even years apart, like some publishers are apt to do, Pyr has debuted several trilogies in consecutive months. I absolutely love this. When you read 40+ books a year, waiting a year between books can make it almost impossible to enjoy the second or third book in a trilogy without rereading. This quick schedule allows me to either wait a few months until all the books are released to begin reading without losing interest in the series or forgetting to look for the book release. Just right now, I have the first 2 Age of Misrule books (Mark Chadbourn) on my shelf waiting for the concluding volume.
I'm not sure off the release schedule for Jon Sprunk's Shadow trilogy, but if it's anything like previous Pyr releases, it's something you will want to check out.