Lawrence Ellsworth

About me

Author / editor of historical adventures, specializing in historical adventure. Next title, “The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure,” will be published by Pegasus Books in December, 2014. In my day job I am Lawrence Schick, a designer of role-playing games.

From my website

Compiling The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure

I’ve been reading and collecting swashbuckling adventure fiction for many years – my whole life, really. A couple years ago, while in the middle of a long (and still uncompleted) translation project, it occurred to me that I probably knew enough about the subject to be able to compile a…

Of Swords and Plumes 006: Joe Abercrombie’s “Half a King”

Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie. Del Rey, 2014; reviewed in the hardcover edition. If you’ve read my review of “The Heroes” (see blog archive below), you already know that I’m a fan of Joe Abercrombie’s writing. His seventh and latest novel, “Half a King,” is the first in a…

Of Swords and Plumes 005: William Dietrich’s “Ethan Gage Adventures”

Napoleon’s Pyramids and The Rosetta Key, by William Dietrich. HarperCollins, 2007 and 2008; reviewed in the Kindle editions. Well, this is embarrassing: I call myself a swashbuckler aficionado, and yet till now I’ve somehow managed to overlook a successful new historical action series, the “Ethan Gage Adventures,” by American author…

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