I really enjoyed this one, loved the 1st and now listening to the 3rd....
loved his narration across the board.
well done, enjoyable, always waiting to see what sort of trouble they get into and how they get around the problems.
If you haven't read the first book, then you don't want to read this review as it has spoilers for the first book. With that being said, if you haven't read the first book and just want to start with this book (I highly discourage you because the first book is superb, but if you must...) you will not be lost as Lynch does a great job of adding enough details to the story that help you put the pieces together.
There is a lot to love in this book. Lynch is a master with words- smooth dialogues, richly detailed descriptions, and characters you love to hate or love to adore. The story moves along seamlessly even with the few flashbacks interspersed throughout the tale. Shy of famine and pestilence I could not put this book down. Same as the first, I was in love with the story at the first smart-ass remark uttered by Locke. The tale starts out with Locke and Jean after the events from the previous book, licking their wounds and, in Locke's case, wallowing in self loathing, blaming himself for the significant loss He and Jean endured. Jean's persistence and loyalty to Locke proves priceless in getting him out of the state of depression and back into the scheming and conniving life they are used to. As with the first book, Locke and Jean's elaborate plan is foiled, with layers upon layers of deceit and chaos, but in the end they pull it off. How successful they were with it is arguable and only the reader can answer that after finishing the book.
This installment introduces us to new villains and new characters that have the potential to appear in the following books. It also leaves the story on not a huge cliff hanger, but a nice cookie crumb trail that makes me gods damn happy that I started to read this book this year rather than when it was first published as I don't have that long of a wait.
The first book had me out of sorts with the loss Locke and Jean suffered. This book, however, broke my heart to pieces and I pray to the Crocked Warden that Lynch will be gentle in the next installment. The ever elusive, Sabetha will make an appearance and I'm part terrified and part excited at how this piece of the story with play out. All I know is that come October 8th, 2013 I will be indisposed to do anything that is not reading "The Republic of Thieves."
Narrator: Michael Page
Another superb job from Page. I hope that he continues to read for this series as he does an amazing job with the character voices, continuity of the characters, pace, volume, tone, you name it, this man has got the reading of the Gentleman Bastard series down. His accents are fantastic and his inflections are perfect for the funny dialogues throughout the story.
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.
Intriguing, spectacular, perfect
He was the voice for the prequel as well. This book in my opinion is very tragic and he really captures the anguish and distress of the characters to the point that it feels like they are actually speaking.
Absolutely. It has a lot of flash forwards and flash backs and I could hardly put it down since I needed to make sense of it all. It's even better the second play through.
I don't know if I physically had read the book if I would praise it so highly, but the narrator was fantastic and its now one of my favorites. It does have an excessive amount of swearing, but it fits into the story so well that unless I was looking for it I didn't notice
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!
You must first read Lies of Locke Lamora (the first in this series by Scott Lynch). If you loved that, you will love this. I did. I feel like this story may have been forced a little too hard to twist a thief story into a pirate adventure - as if Scott thought, I've got these great characters that I want to write another book about but I'm in a real pirate adventure mood at the moment, so I'll just come up with a way to work that in. That being said, Lynch's writing is so damned good that he must be forgiven his plot acrobatics because it is such a great read/listen. Michael Page's narration is spot-on perfect. Thank you, both, for bring Locke Lamora and his world into ours.
Lynch has an uncanny knack for creating suspense, even over the most mundane details. The interplay between characters is fantastic, and Lynch explores the fantasy genre in a new and interesting way.
The twists and turns, in a Lynch novel you never know exactly what is going to happen.
Page's reading is fantastic, with magnetic characterizations and believable voices
Highly recommended, can't wait for the next book.
Michael Page brings the characters to life. He has become one of my favorite narrators in just two books.
I liked how the story was not formulaic or predictable.
Locke is definitely the best. But Michael Page gives pretty unique voices to every character.
the detailed discriptions
the lies of locke lamora as it is the 1st in the series
I would love to read/listen to more of the Gentlemen Bastard books. I really enjoyed how the world has magic but it isn't built around it. Not that that makes or breaks a book but it was a nice change of pace.