New Courtenay Grimwood Trilogy from Orbit

Via Darren Nash at Orbit:

“I’m delighted to announce that Orbit has acquired world rights in three new books by BSFA Award-winning author Jon Courtenay Grimwood. Although best known – and justly feted – for his extraordinary multi-layered science fiction, Jon’s new books will be historical fantasies. The first book, provisionally titled The Duke’s Blade, will be published internationally by Orbit in early 2011, and will chart the rise of a penniless orphan to become one of the most powerful men in 15th century Italy. It is a story of conspiracy and intrigue, of ambition and revenge. It is the story of Tibor, the vampire assassin of Venice.

On a personal note, I’m thrilled to be reunited with Jon, who I had the pleasure of working with at Earthlight. He’s an extraordinary talent; I can’t wait to see him bring his slightly skewed Venice to life and his vampire assassin to unlife!”