This was a decent book to listen to while doing chores or working out. The reason being is that the character and plot development moved very predictably for me and there was nothing terribly new or interesting. It is a clever story, with occassional moments of entertainment. To give it two stars would have been unfair, but to give it three stars may be a bit generous.
This book comes after The Lies of Locke Lamora (which was also an incredible book). Scott Lynch is a master author and this work shows just how much skill he has.
While maintaining amazing character development, an intense, almost to deep plot, multiple heists, and pirating Scott manages to put together a masterpiece of a book. I listen to audiobooks at work and this book had me openly laughing at parts and almost shedding tears at others.
This book does have a lot going on at almost every point. There are more plots within plots within plots within plots than I count without going crazy. However, they are all well managed and all these things only help the book move and give a very good view as to what life is like for Locke and Jean.
However, my favorite part of this book, and what I walked away from it loving the most was the interactions between Locke and Jean. all the dialogue is amazing. I even feel like it is spoken better than it is read. Most of these interactions had me openly laughing at either Locke, Jean, or whatever hapless person fell on the wrong side of Locke's sharp tongue.
All in all this book is worth every penny and every second spent listening to it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, especially fans of the first book. This is a definite pick up for any fan of the fantasy genre, and if you are a fan of heist books I only have one question. Why don't you own this book yet?
Lynch continues his witty, creative style in a great continuation. The pace and length of the story are wonderful, the characters enjoyable and memorable. Combine a good story with the very flexible and capable narrator that is Michael Page and you have a very solid audiobook.
This is highly recommended.
Wow this one was refreshing. Not a single dull moment of tedious over development. Just a great adventure story with a fantastic pace, true charm and memorable characters. It has great twists and turns but not so heavy that you need a degree in it's lore to understand it. Downloading the previous book now to keep the buzz going:)
So I'm starting to like this Lynch guy. Granted, he takes his time to tell a story. I mean, it's like the *actual* story doesn't start until chapter 47. Talk about a prologue. However, once he does start on the plot you've all been waiting for, it's pretty good. Just be forewarned: the first half is a fight to stay awake.
There are also a few disjointed chapters (perhaps the editors fell asleep too???). Wherein we run pell-mell down a rabbit trail only to find it leads absolutely nowhere (i.e. the rappelling scene & Jean's gang). It's not as bad as some of King's epic stories that would be (a mere) 800 pages if he left out those sinister tangents that add hundreds of pages of fluff. Nevertheless, a dearth of a concise plot line doesn't detract from value of the story (once it starts that is).
Just don't expect a Hare's pace; Lynch is SLOW and steady.
Like the first book, once you get past the first part and the story is set up, the action gets really good. Locke and Jean are up to their old tricks, with new twists and taking on pirates and all the bad guys.
I really like the characters, lots of color and there is lots of colorful language.
I enjoyed the story and hope the author writes another. The narrator does a great job and is very talented.
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.
I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.
Just like "the lies", this book delivers. I really didn't see how this book could stand up to book one but in the end i think it did. I am a gentlemen bastards fan and am looking forward to Locke getting out of his current predicament. Looking for a great read from out of absolutely nowhere? Try this series out. Very entertaining!!!!
Gave it 7 hours before giving up.
I enjoyed Lies of Lock Lamora but not this. The story and characters went from interesting and a bit desperate in the first book to overly flamboyant and predictable in this one. I was disapointed after reading the great reviews by others but to each their own.