The first book in this (7 book) series was so new, different, good! Then well..this!
It starts out fine. A big plan, schemes, trickery etc. at first it seems like a re tread of the first book only in a different setting and a different "game" as Locke likes to call it. But then it just sinks...
The first half of the book is like I said above: they plan to rob a casino. Then like all of lockes plans it goes horribly wrong and they are suddenly flung out to sea..to be pirates..
I love pirate stories but this just didn't work. I struggled to finish it. The third book I hear is mixed from being good to being just as boring and uninteresting as this one was.
I'll give it a go but this book almost made me gave up on the series...maybe I already have.
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
Not as good as the first book, the author still has a flair of action and excellent character interaction. The quips that the characters come up with are great. I felt that the development of the plot was good but the finish was rushed - everything finishing at the same time. But still a good read.
I was expecting more adventures with the Gentleman Bastards involving theft, false facing and skullduggery. It did in fact deliver, but with the unexpected twist of doing it through a pirate adventure.
Michael Page is a very talented narrator, and does a fine job, but he's not the best out there. only occasionally does he pull me out of the story
I don't understand some of the negative reviews...or the positive ones.
Apparently this book inspires hyperbole.
It's a good book, and a good follow up to Lies. It's not going to dethrone WoT, or GoT, and is certainly no threat to the Bloody Nine...but it's fun. Occasionally, it's laugh out loud funny.
The characters are antiheros...but not Abercrombie antiheros...more like Ocean's 11 antiheros...
Again...if you were looking for a solid, enjoyable listen, and liked Lies...this one should satisfy. If you hated Lies (and this is where some reviews baffle me) you are probably going to hate this.
Michael Page is not my favorite narrator. He does a good job, but lacks some range. He really only has two or three voices...but his delivery is spot on. He's not a Kramer or Pacey...but he does a good enough job to keep the story moving.
Story moved fast at times and slow at times, but all in all it was a great adventure. many many laughs, and some tears along the way. once again a very vivid, convincing and living world os painted for you. thoroughly enjoyed
I had a lot of fun listening. Locke is now one of my favorite characters from any series. My only complaint is that the author too often makes successful outcomes for the characters with razor thin connections that are farfetched and too hard to believe. If that one thing didn't work out exactly the right way it would have all fallen apart, and the author just brushes over the details of how it actually worked.
Yes, assuming that friend had read The Lies of Locke Lamora. While this volume has a distinct story with a definitive end, there are enough character through-lines that necessitiate reading the original first.
How many books exist that are about both a long con and piracy? How many of those take time to really develop the relationships between characters. Scott Lynch is writing books that I want to read, and they're not like anyone else's.
Is it too obvious to say Locke? I love his banter, the accents he slips into for parts he's playing, and the emotion he reaches by the book's end.
Yes, even taking into account the prohibitive length. This one's a winner, just as much as the first in the series. However long Lynch takes on each volume, that's fine by me just as long as the books remain this excellent.
Read these books. Seriously. You'll be glad you have them in your life.
Brad K. Hawley
unfortunately it was mediocre compared to the first book in the series. parts of the writing became sentimental rather than truly moving, which was a shame bc I love the two main characters and the love interest. I think the relationships SHOULD be emotional and moving for me as a reader, but I ended up rolling my eyes in places while I listened to it, and it was no fault of the narrator, who was again excellent.