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The Skill of Our Hands

A Novel (The Incrementalists #2)

Steven Brust, Skyler White


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"Secret societies, immortality, murder mysteries and Las Vegas all in one book? Shut up and take my money." —John Scalzi on The Incrementalists

The Incrementalists are a secret society of two hundred people—an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, a little bit at a time.

Now Phil, the Incrementalist whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has been shot dead. They’ll bring him back—but first they need to know what happened. Their investigation will lead down unexpected paths in Arizona, and bring them up against corruption, racism, and brutality in high and low places alike.

But the key may lay in one of Phil’s previous lives, in “Bleeding Kansas” in the late 1850s—and the fate of the passionate abolitionist we remember as John Brown.

Steven Brust and Skyler White's The Skill of Our Hands is the thrilling and thought-provoking follow-up to their critically acclaimed The Incrementalists.

Praise For The Skill of Our Hands: A Novel (The Incrementalists #2)

"Boldly thought-provoking and warmly comfortable." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, on The Skill of Our Hands

Praise for The Incrementalists

"A spectacular new contemporary fantasy novel...this book was an absolute home-run for me." —Cory Doctorow

"Powerful, manipulative and yet oh-so-very-human." —John Scalzi

“Spare, dangerous, strangely whimsical, damn fine. Read this. It’s good.” —Elizabeth Bear

"Unusual but beautifully written and satisfying." —Library Journal, starred review

"Cleverly constructed...If you have to call it something, call it genius at work." —Booklist, starred review

“Brust has worked with others before, to good effect; this time is even better. I hope they continue to work together; theirs is an exciting synergy.” —Locus

“The rich feast that is the world of the Incrementalists is well worth exploring and I’d love to see it turn into a series...we could see years of Incrementalist novels making the world a better place, a little bit at a time.” —Daytona Beach News-Journal

Tor Books, 9780765382887, 352pp.

Publication Date: January 24, 2017

About the Author

STEVEN BRUST is the author of a number of bestselling fantasy novels, including two New York Times bestsellers, Dzur and Tiassa. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

SKYLER WHITE is the author of And Falling, Fly and In Dreams Begin, along with co-authoring The Incrementalist series with Steven Brust. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelors degree in English and theatre, and went on to earn a masters in theatre.

Skyler grew up in Lancaster, PA. She now has two children with her husband and lives in Texas.