The book is cleverly written and cleverly done. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that shed light on some of the decisions the characters make.
It may take Scott a lot of time to complete his books, but they are defiantly worth the wait.
Yes, and now you don’t have to read the rest of my rambling.
So, it’s been a while since we were treated to a tale about our favorite two conmen, and now we get to meet that legendary redhead we’ve watch Locke pine for over the last two books. She, like any good woman, has been worth the wait. She is strong, smart, confident, and capable. She is Locke’s match in wits and I wish their contest was more drawn out because the back and forth we do get to watch is just grand. And as always, the flashback story is awesome. The young Bastards going off to be a theater troupe and their adventures really make the book.
I have only one real complaint. Sadly, it’s directed at our Narrator. Page is still great. I still want him as the narrator for the series. For 95% of the book he is as wonderful as ever. . .sadly, that 5% that went wrong involves two of my favorite characters. Father Chains and the Thiefmaker don’t have their old voices; they both sound more like Don Maranzalla. That was really disappointing since their old voices were just so perfect for their physical descriptions.
Now, the ending, that was just amazing. The epilogue, which is setting up the future plot, is one of those “Did that just happen?” moments. Red Seas under Red Skies left me wanting more because it felt a little incomplete, The Republic of Thieves has left me wanting more from shear excitement.
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It is good to be back reading the Gentleman Bastard Series after a bit of a long wait. While this book did not have the genius of the first one, it certainly serves as a very entertaining episode. Lynch fleshes out characters at a very smooth pace, melding back story with current story arc in ways that often leave you with a cliffhanger, but not have to wait too long for a resolution. The effect is quite pleasing.
Lynch's dialogue is fantastic and Page's characterization of it is spot on! Be warned that the language is extremely bawdy. Even my 36 yr. old former soldier's ears might be too virginal for some of the worst of it. His insults and quips will make you want to use them at parties to impress your friends and confound your enemies.
The weakest part of this book - and it was not very weak - was the con itself. For all that Locke spent the first two books as the most talented and clever confidence man in the world, he spent most of this book flailing like an amateur. I get why this antagonist was extra hard on him, but since the very first caper in the very first book he has been reliable for ingenious and bombastic thievery and mischief. That is more than half his appeal. For this episode it feels like Lynch lobotomized all of Locke's talent, but left his ability to curse alone. I read about Locke because I like hearing about the guy who is always one step ahead of his competitors, not 10 steps behind.
I would recommend this book for people who like fantasy and comedy. I would not recommend starting with this book as it is the third in the series. Begin at the beginning and read the whole story. The previous two editions are available on Audible; enjoy them all.
This is an incredibly good series, especially if you love language, wit, and complex characters. The narration is perfectly marvelous, the characters (of all sorts) beautifully, distinctively, creatively and delightfully voiced. I found Chains and the Thiefmaker to be the same as in the first book, just far less of them (to disagree with another reviewer's impression). The narration is so superb that I chose the Audible over the Kindle when I couldn't wait any longer for Whispersync to happen (grrrrrr).
Scott Lynch creates strong and complex women and I applaud him for it. I really appreciated Sabetha and the refreshing change from a pat and predictable romantic arc, though I do hope further adventures in this series will satisfy my always strong desire for a happy ending. Sabetha may be difficult to get 'inside of', but she has her reasons, and we do get to see inside her head and heart at least once. Her feelings on her role in the Bastards are well articulated and raise issues not often addressed in fantasy fiction. The author appreciates and creates real characters of many differences.
The excerpts from the play the characters are enacting in one thread have the special complexity of language that so arrested my attention and challenged my understanding and tickled my fancy at the beginning of The Lies of Locke Lamora. Thank you. The insults here and there are a special treat, too.
This is writing at its best. If you like fantasy, start reading this series now. The plot twists and amazingly descriptive writing will not disappoint you. As English is not my mother tongue, the only negative is that some words are difficult to understand in the spoken version of this book. Definitely looking out for the next book in this series!
Since Lynch killed off his best characters in the first book, I've been waiting for more of the twins and of Chains. He never gives us enough. I love the world the author has created, and the characters, but it is like Lynch had the camera pointed at the wrong people.
First, the narration was spot on. Michael Page so perfectly embodied the characters, even if Father Chains' voice was different than in book 1. Overall, though, I love how the story is unfolding. I'm not sure how I'll make it to September when book 4 is released!
The whole series is great and I wasn't even in the market for any lovey-dovey stuff. Lynch keeps it from getting cheesy. Despite the romance dynamics, its still fantastic.