I really enjoyed the story and the performance but the recording sounded a bit echoey at times and distracted me on occasion.
This book continues the "great caper" format of the first but is more scattered and wastes time and energy on unnecessary side stories. I feel like the intent of the book was to highlight how vulnerable and off-footed our main characters are - which was accomplished, but it sacrificed pacing, clarity, and character development to do it. There was just too much going on. The humor was still very good though. I'll definitely continue with the series.
This book is sadly disappointing. I was expecting to have a new adventure, but the continuation of the never-ending bad luck swirled with the good luck at the absolute moment it is required, becomes bland. Not to mention that the cons Locke pulls seem so tenuous it is more a genuine surprise that all the characters fail to see through it. The dialogue becomes mundane and feels more paint by numbers as the book wears on.
After having read Lies of Locke Lamora, I fully knew what to expect and wasn't disappointed! I was a little put off by some of the writers decisions concerning structure... ie the intro that we later come back to... the idea would work IF we, as readers, were better taken in by the enthralling yet bothersome scene being described, but it was no less common than almost EVERY encounter Locke and Jean have with adversaries. It seemed to be a gimmick action/tension intro, as if the reader might be inclined to put the book down otherwise. Now, if the scene was utterly disturbing, or if a beloved character was in peril (having a crossbow pointed at Locke isn't peril by the norms established in the first book). OR, it could've been a MEANWHILE scene as a foreshadowing device that takes place later (I'm thinking the co-op guard ambush with the young Priory scene).
I respect these stories, and that intro made me think of a bad made-for-tv sort of device. If these become movies/series, and I see that intro... I'll be disappointed.
Lastly, I'm NOT a fan of cliffhanger endings... otherwise, it's not an ending. I know there are 7 planned books, but I think better story-telling can wrap the story, without making a closure that leads to an awkward continuation... the ending of book one (Lies) was great at foreshadowing adventure at sea without a cliffhanger. It tied up loose ends, and it had elements of reflection instead of a burden of seeking yet ONE MORE resolution (aka loose end).
Overall, I'm happy with this book, and am eager to start book three!
narrator and language are fantastic. Plat a little less fantastic than the 1st book in the series but still very much worth the listen/read! (I like listening better bc the narrator is SO amazing!)
I've been listening to audiobooks since I was a little kid wandering the house, dragging a toddler-proof Playskool tape player behind me.
Perhaps you finished "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and thought, "Well Mr. Lynch, that was a lot of fun, but I sure wish we could have had a gambling-centric hive of scum and villainy, maybe some pirates, and perhaps a bit of clockpunk, if you have time?" And Scott Lynch heard your plea, good people. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll meet the best damn pirate since Jack Sparrow. And, in a masterful, Tolkien-y, Barrow Wights + Old Forest kind of way, you'll discover that the world of Locke Lamora is a far stranger and more frightening place than you had imagined.