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Red Seas Under Red Skies | [Scott Lynch]

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.
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Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.

No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.

But, as ever, the path of true crime rarely runs smooth and Locke and Jean soon find themselves co-opted into an attempt to bring the pirate fleet of the notorious Zamira Drakasha to justice. Fine work for thieves who don't know one end of galley from another. And all the while the Bondsmagi are plotting their very necessary revenge against the one man who believes e has humiliated them and lived; Locke Lamora.

©2007 Scott Lynch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Joshua Winnipeg, MB, Canada 04-03-11
    Joshua Winnipeg, MB, Canada 04-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic Read/Listen"

    In a refreshing departure from many fantasy novels, Scott Lynch's characters are not superhumans possessed of some extraordinary power, but survive on the strength of their own wits. The stakes are high, but not ridiculously so. The world isn't about to be destroyed, or thrust into an endless dark age. Much as the first book in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is a heist/fantasy novel. The protagonists are not immune to failure, and the story seems driven more by it's characters, than by an ultimate goal, which makes it a pleasure to listen to. The characters are possessed of a strange morality, and are humanized by the situations in which they are conflicted by practical concerns, and their desire to adhere to their own code of ethics. Success is never guaranteed in this series so far, which leaves me sympathizing with the characters own frustration, and keeps the tension strong. Locke and Jean don't wander from one startling, incredible success to another, and so the journey is never boring.

    The audio narrator is crisp and precise, speaking with a smooth cadence, and does an excellent job with voices and accents, further enriching this atmospheric book.

    If your reading this Mr. Lynch, get back to writing (and thank you).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anna v. 07-06-14
    anna v. 07-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as the first, but still enjoyable"

    After de wonderful Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch did not live to the expectations of vol. 2. Red Seas has a lot of the remarkable features of Lies: great descriptions, witty dialogues and memorable characters (villains, specially). However, the storyline is not as good the as the first, and what bothered me the most is the Locke and Jean did not find anyone to join them and form new Gentlemen Bastards. As great as the pirates may be (and to give Jean a romantic interest was a wonderful touch that made the story more lively and emotional), they are no matches for the Sansas and Bug, still very much missed.

    Michael Page once again shows masterfull skills in the narration. With so many characters, he manages to create a distinguished and easily recognizable tone of voice for each one. In the first breath of each line we already know who is speaking. Very impressive work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 06-10-14
    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.

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    "Double Wow!"

    I said Wow when I finished The Lies of Locke Lamora and now we add Pirates! Double Wow.

    Scott Lynch has continued his fantastic series with more characters to love and hate, more intrigue, more cunning and layers of deception, more twists and turns and more heartbreak. Locke and Jean are working a long con in a new land and are thrown into a tangle of intrigues from various counter aligned powers with third parties throwing spanners into the gears at every turn. The book builds and builds then comes to a painful but satisfying, neat but open ending. A perfect set-up for the next book that leaves you satiated until then.

    Once again Michael Page is fantastic, He picks up the returning characters like the last book never ended and the new are diverse and well read. Pages' Locke just oozes with self pity, it drips from your headphones right into your ears.




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    Martin Umeå, Sweden 02-18-14
    Martin Umeå, Sweden 02-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Thought Through"
    Would you listen to Red Seas Under Red Skies again? Why?

    I just might, because this book, unlike the last book (Do NOT read the last book of the series), is well thought through. Even though the annoying flashbacks that (that are supposed to give character background) are STILL coming in this book (even though half of the first book was dedicated to this), the main story is AWESOME.
    It's fresh, based on logic instead of action and wanton destruction and the likes.


    What other book might you compare Red Seas Under Red Skies to and why?

    Hmm.. This is a stretch, but I'd say Roger Zelazny's 9 Princes of Amber, simply because of the logic and the thought given to the story and the world. The stories are not similliar atall though, and I can't think of any other book I've read with a story simillar to Red Seas Under Red Skies.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Michael delivered this story with the same great performance as the last book. He's not my favorite narrator, but he's good. No question about that :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh yes, but I'm not putting any spoilers here :)


    Any additional comments?

    WARNING: The last book lacks a story! There is NONE. I would recomend you stop reading after this book, and you'll have a great ending to the series. Don't ruin it by reading the third book!

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    Shawn Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 01-20-14
    Shawn Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 01-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What? No movie?"
    If you could sum up Red Seas Under Red Skies in three words, what would they be?

    Cannot not read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Scott Lynch is so good at masterminding the plots it's surprising he's not a master thief himself


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Page brings so much depth with his emotions and accents. Simply amazing!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Turns Lord of the Rings into Twilight


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    IAIN Narre Warren, Australia 07-16-13
    IAIN Narre Warren, Australia 07-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "An enjoyable romp for those enjoying description."
    What did you love best about Red Seas Under Red Skies?

    The descriptions of the world. I actually bought this book before the first of the series by mistake, and while it referenced the events of the first book it is a great standalone on it's own.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Locke


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Besides its length this is a great listen and I've found many a time that I am still listening long after I expected to move onto other activities. There are logical dips in the action but the story moves along and the descriptions are rich and vibrant.


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    Robert 03-04-13
    Robert 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Character based Fantasy in a low magic word"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Liked the first one, try the second. the voice actor can actually do a voice, and the fantasy world gives us interesting characters doing interesting things in a dark and gritty world.


    What other book might you compare Red Seas Under Red Skies to and why?

    The first law trilogy


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good as the first book in the series. The lies of lock lamore


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    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 08-28-12
    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 08-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "5 Stars for Awesomeness"

    Excellent story, even better than the first in the series. Full of action, adventure, well written dialogue and quips galore. I love the schemes and plots the Gentlemen Bastards think up. The world is so well realized and detailed. The narration is perfect, you never hear anything but the author's voice.

    I would give it more stars if I had anywhere to stick them.

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    Kelly Mernda, Australia 11-09-11
    Kelly Mernda, Australia 11-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome follow on from the Lies of Locke Lamora"

    When you find a book you love that is part of a series, you are always a bit apprehensive when you get to the 2nd book. ‘Please be as good!’ you think, ‘please don’t just put up a great first novel and then go downhill from there’. Well I am happy to say that Scott Lynch has not disappointed. If anything, I would say the pacing is better in this book, with all the heavy exposition over with. In the first book there were a few flat spots where I wished he would stop describing things and get on with it, I didn’t feel that at all with this one.

    I have to say also, that I love the way the author writes female characters. While the protagonists are male, he is incredibly even-handed in the way he deals with the genders. Women in this book are, well, people. Just as likely to be as good, evil, brave or subversive as men. Throughout, we have women in every role men are in, such as thieves, assassins, pirates, soldiers, officers, craftspeople and so on. So many fantasy novels either don’t having women doing such things, or if they do it is as a major plot point, like ‘oh look, a female assassin!’ Scott Lynch’s approach is very refreshing.

    Once again, the narration was excellent and really brought the characters to life.
    I found the whole thing really enjoyable and can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out.

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  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    10/4/12
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Contrary to some other reviewers, I think I almost enjoyed this more than the Lies of Loch Lamora. The challenges are somewhat different and yet similar - bit like Hustle on steroids. Scott Lynch does a really good job of painting another world and different societies. The body count was somewhat high perhaps (again) - but that's the sort of story that's being told.



    Personally - if you enjoyed LofLL you'll enjoy this.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • M. Dawes
    Birmingham UK
    3/28/13
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    "Good,but......."

    The Lies of Locke Lamora was a remarkable story of derring-do, the likes of which I don't think I have ever come across before. Funny, witty, incredibly tight and fast paced - who could ask for more. Well, the follow up is good, but lacks a little bit of charm and polish. The plot is a bit convoluted in that it relies on ever more far fetched bits of dialogue between our hero and the two bad guys in order to keep us moving along. Let us hope that the next instalment sees a return to form.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    OXON, United Kingdom
    9/18/12
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    "Loved it"

    Good story well told, what I particularly enjoy is



    - the author takes time to give lots of descriptive details without being overly flowery

    - time has been put into building the back story of the world you are being transported through, with lots of little details which add to the tale without over complicating things

    - and it avoids the cliche of many fantasy titles that the main characters of the book are "heroes", always good and everything they do turns out fine in the end



    The language in the book is colourful at times with swearing and sex, so it feel a bit more like fantasy for grown ups (or young adults at least)... and not just kids stories with big words "and they all lived happily ever after" endings, which some fantasy titles could be accused of being



    Can't wait for the next installment

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    9/6/11
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    "Had a hard job living up to its predecessor"

    This is the successor to Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and was purchased as I've enjoyed that one so much.

    This book follows on from the first book, although you probably can take this book as a stand alone. Set in the same world albeit a slightly different town / islands in the same society I found the story to have much that the first book enchanted me with in relation to the society, etc. I also greatly enjoyed the way the book played with elements of the "Master and Commander" type books by getting a lot of the nautical stuff spot on but then playing with the cultural expectations by having many of the things British sailors view as unlikely as necessary talisman for a safe / successful voyage.

    However only 4* as I felt this book's storyline was all at sea: in the Lies of Locke Lamora the story sets up a comfortable world, this gets destroyed and the characters then set about defeating the 'baddy'. In this book the plot line of them being poisoned and therefore blackmailed into their situation didn't really work for me. Also there was a lot of them going back and forth - to sea, to various parties.

    That being said, if you enjoyed the first book buy this one now: a good romp that easily fills in time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. Douglass
    Cheshire, England
    9/3/14
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    "Lock's plans end up all at sea"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The continuing adventures of these loveable rogues as they come to terms with the events of their last outing and start again is moving, funny and compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Seas Under Red Skies?

    The battle at sea between pirate ships


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A depth of emotion and pace at the crucial scenes


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Thieves prosper


    Any additional comments?

    A wider stage than the previous book in the series with more characters and settings. The story does not immerse you into lock's world as deeply as the first book did as a consequence. The tale rockets along though and whilst not as gripping as the end game with the grey king the story is still impossible to turn off. There is also a cliff hanger ending...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    7/10/14
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    "Good but a bit slow"
    What did you like best about Red Seas Under Red Skies? What did you like least?

    The second half of this book went up a gear in terms of pace and action. We meet new characters on the high seas, all very colorful and engaging. There are some great action sequences. However the first half of the book, before they get to sea just dragged for me. I found myself having to make an effort to carry on listening, days would go by and I wouldn't bother.


    Would you recommend Red Seas Under Red Skies to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you like a lot of action, read something else. If you like scheming and cunning plots, this is for you. However considering Loch is supposed to be super cunning he seems very slow on the uptake sometimes.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the scene when Loch and Jean first attack a merchant ship in their pirate guise.


    Did Red Seas Under Red Skies inspire you to do anything?

    After much deliberation I got the next book "Republic of Thieves". I haven't finished listening to it yet, but it gets off to a much better start.


    Any additional comments?

    The tale is fairly well read by the narrator. Some of the voices are hard to tell apart, but generally not bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    MELTON MOWBRAY, United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "An excellent addition to an excellent series."

    I am a huge fan of anything nautical. So, upon seeing the title and cover of the second novel in the 'Gentlemen Bastards Sequence' I got as excited as a virgin at a high school disco. I am happy to say the story did not disappoint.

    Red Seas Under Red Skies focuses a lot more on Jean than the previous book, something that really adds to the story. You still get a lot of Locke and a lot of their past with the Gentlemen Bastards (something that, given the way the first book ended, takes the sting away from previous events).

    The story consists of Locke and Jean trying to ply their trade as professional thieves in a new city. Their efforts land them in a new sort of employment, that of their brother thieves upon the waves; pirates.

    Red Skies Under Red Seas, as with The Lies of Locke Lamora, will have the reader feeling a whole host of emotions ranging from happiness to downright misery. Not quite the levels of shock you get from the first book, but shock all the same. The ending also sets up nicely for the third book and will have the reader/listener thinking 'how will they get out of this thoroughly impossible situation?'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • paula
    United Kingdom
    6/28/14
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    "Great story, great narration!"
    If you could sum up Red Seas Under Red Skies in three words, what would they be?

    No matter which way they turn Loche and Jean are always heading toward the sharp end of something pointy, this is usually due to someone more powerful trying to manipulate them into their plans, leading to situations of tense stand offs, fast talking and clever plans. Red Sea and Red Skies is similar to the first in many ways, but with a bit more YARRRR....


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Seeing all their plans knit together as the book heads towards its conclusion is always the best bit.. like the great John "Hannibal" Smith from the A-Team said "I love it when a plan comes together!"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    Nr Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom
    2/27/14
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    "Refreshing Chaos Continues..."

    Following from The Lies of Locke Lamora, our protagonist Locke and his friend and protector Jean have arrived in the city state of Tal Verrar, looking towards their next big score. Their eyes firmly fixed on the Sinspire, they are surprised when the city ruler usurps their free will and sets them a deadly task; to rid the waters to the south of a marauding band of pirates. Despite no knowledge of the sea or sailing Locke and Jean have no choice but to set forth to meet their fate.
    This is a worthy second instalment in the Thorn of Camorr series. The style is as jarring as with the first book, but is easier to settle into after a short while. As before: BUY THIS BOOK!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
    9/21/14
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    "Here come a cult Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes would , devilish sub plots and twisting ingenious characters make this fast pace novel really something for other authors to shoot jealous looks at. a young orphan is indoctrinated into a thieves guild. imagine Oliver twist crossed with Artemis fowl in a fantasy venetian city.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the twins as they have great banter.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    A truly superb vocal armoury, the accents and inflections this man can create make him something to enjoy.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "The thief who stole to much"


    Any additional comments?

    A* book and narration, please take my recommendation my fellow audible customers you wont be disappointed. (I hope)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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