This had every thing the first book had plus a tragic love story and the writer did not flash bake every other word like he did in the first book.
Fantasy and Romance Author
Love the narrator for this series. He's got one of those plummy "Royal Shakespeare Theatre" voices, and is doing a fabulous job performing the different characters. His performance definitely adds a lot to the entertainment value of the story.
This sequel to the inventive and witty LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA proved to be just as entertaining as the first book in the series. In the wake of the events in the first novel, Locke and his best friend Jean arrive in a new city. They've managed to triumph over overwhelming odds, but the two young con-men did not escape unscarred from their experiences in their home city. Locke especially is a mess, and it takes a while before he can take an interest in the unscrupulous activities he used to revel in. But once Locke and Jean get back into the game, they are quickly pulled into a bigger, darker game by a puppet-master whose reach and skills may exceed theirs. I enjoyed watching these two brash, clever characters foiled at every turn, and forced into adventures on the high seas. Be warned that the story ends on quite a cliffhanger, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of the third volume in October. As before, Scott Lynch does some very interesting world-building...not your usual Tolkien-derived medievalesque fantasy, but reminiscent of Dickens' London hybridized with Machievelli's Renaissance Italy, set on an planet littered with the ruins of alien cities made of a strange, indestructible glass-like substance.All in all, a highly entertaining tale enlivened by an outstanding performance by a skilled narrator.
I love listening to Page's interpretation of the characters so i am glad that I listened to the book rather than read it.
YES! I loved the pirates, and I loved that the pirates were women (more than competent ones, too!) Just as in the first one, there are so many twists and turns, and Locke has these super complicated schemes, but in this book, the schemes don't really turn out the way he intended. I really can't wait for the next book to come out!
The words Swashbuckling Entertainment just have to be used to describe this book. Its that good! Can't wait to find out what happens next!
Just as fun as the first book. It's exciting, it's witty, it's mysterious, it's even laugh-out-loud funny at times. The tales of Locke & Jean will not disappoint.
Don't pass these books up!
Note: lots of swearing, squares beware.
After being sucked in to Scott Lynch's world and characters with the first book, I immediately jumped to this second one.
The Lies of Locke Lamora was a great read, a great story, with a fantastic cast of characters and dialogue that made me curse every time I had to stop and take care of life.
With that setup, it was probably too much to expect a repeat of that success with this second one. The writing remains strong in itself, but I found the story and setting less engaging this time around. I think some of that comes from the way the first book ended. As we start book two, what had been five Gentleman Bastards has been cut down to just Locke and Jean. While their banter remains as barbed and quick as ever, there's something missing with it just being the two of them to play off each other. While the new characters that come in to play with this story have their moments, they are still ultimately outsiders.
Still, I don't want to be all negative - there is still much to enjoy with this story. Locke and Jean have fled to a new land working a new grand con that gets itself interrupted when Locke and Jean find themselves being caught up in a battle of wills between powerful men. The Bastards seem to be in much less control than in the first book. While their sharp wits and luck keep them going, this adventure is much more reactive than proactive.
At least, until then end. In the last 20% of the story, when I was sure the story was going to finish with some kind of cliff hanger that would need resolution in the next book, Lynch pulls a Brandon Sanderson with everything coming to a quick resolution and our heroes put aside the defeatism they had been suffering and conjure a solution to at least several of their difficulties.
Overall, I would still recommend it to those who enjoyed the first book. As I write this review, I'm downloading the third one so I can get going on it. I can't really offer a stronger endorsement than that.
I enjoy the characters and the performance, but overall the story tries to tackle too much and winds up ending in a quick and unsatisfying fashion compared to Lynch's first novel in the series. Narration is amazing and totally engrossing.
The first book was among the best I've ever read. You could say this book was not as good as the first, but RED SEAS is a amazing story worth reading. Everything you love about the main characters shines through.
After reading the first book in this series whitch was Lynch's first book as well I was a little nervous as to whether his second novel would live up to the near perfect quality of the first. I was not disappointed whatsoever. Like the first novel the plot of the second drew me in without hesitation, with immediate action and intrigue. i was hooked from the first five minuets. Lynch seemed to do everything he did with his first novel and more. His skillful prose kept the story flowing, his characters near insane antics kept my headphones glued in my ears, and his twisting plot kept me guessing what was going to happen next. To top this off possibly one of My favorite Narrators, michael Page was narrating the story. The words of this book just seemed to flow off his tongue and he truly made the story come alive for me. I am very glad to know that Lynch has not fallen into the sophomore slump that many writers can experience. i vehemently recommend this book to any lovers of fantasy or anyone in general. It is simply an exciting and entertaining read. However, make sure you red The Lies of Locke Lamora first or you will be confused.
This story seems to be a very watery copy of Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Chronicles series. The two main characters are startlingly similar to Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn but without their depth.
Come up with a more original protagonist duo.
The story could have been reduced by a good third by eliminating the filler that the author has seemingly used to bulk up the page count.
If you haven’t already read the Riyria books then by all means buy them instead of this book. If you have save your money and avoid a major disappointment.