After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love.
Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever. The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles, and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.
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Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.
This is not a book which would have demanded my complete devotion had it been the first in the Gentleman Bastard series. [You should not even consider jumping into the series with this book!] The verbal pyrotechnics are as delightful as ever; characters grow in fascinating and satisfying ways, and the whole thing makes perfect sense and amuses throughout. But there is definitely a sense that, after a harrowing ordeal, we are traveling through a transitional adventure in preparation for an exquisite confrontation which is yet to come. The plotting and execution by our beloved ne'er-do-wells is decidedly thin and even uninspired, definitely falling short of the grand and intricate designs to which Lynch has accustomed us. There is very little at stake and one could easily sum up the essential action of the book in a couple of brief paragraphs. As a result I was somewhat disappointed after having salivated a messy little puddle on my desk in anticipation of the new adventure.
Until I reached the afterword. Scott Lynch knows how to twist a plot and, in the process, our guts. Republic of Thieves takes care of a lot of necessary business, embedding it in a great deal of wonderful verbal and operational repartee. It gives us Sabatha in marvelous detail and complication. And then it leaves us with a gasp and a shudder which promises an end to trivialities and easy triumphs. I'm drooling again.
Oh, and Michael Page is superb as usual.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This is a worthy followup of one of my favorite series.
The Republic of Thieves picks back at the end of book two. Locke is extremely sick from the mysterious poison he consumed and the gentlemen bastards are on a mission to find a cure. Scott Lynch likes to infuse flash backs to give depth to his protagonists and show how they reached certain conclusions and skills in the present day story. In the Republic of Thieves we get an on and off again flashback to the days when Sabetha was part of the gentlemen bastards crew and Father Chains was training them. In fact, half of the story is about one of the first con jobs and the subsequent trouble that follows. The other half is about Karthain and the Bondsmage and takes place during present time. The two stories flow nicely together. In the end we are given a lot of new information about Sabetha, the society of Bondsmagi, and Locke's past. We also see a powerful enemy arise which gives us promise of future conflicts for the gentlemen bastards.
Scott Lynch delivers a fine addition to the Gentleman Bastards series. Once again we see Locke spin his lies and use his silver tongue to get out of trouble. I would have liked to see a little less of the romance. Love does Locke in as he gets played more than once by his lady love. I also would have liked to see less of the play acting and more of Locke and Jean trying to con others. In addition, there were a couple parts I found a little obvious. In part because of those reasons I didn't feel this sequel was as good as the first two books. But the standards given for this series are extremely steep. However, we still get a few surprises in the end and overall I had a hard time stopping for anything length of time. There are two satisfying conclusions, with promises of better story to come and more mysteries of Locke's life to be unraveled.
Funny, Poignant, Surprising
The banter between Jean and Locke has never been funnier while being filled with anguish giving the best' laughter through tears' moment I've had in years!
No belief system is out of bounds for scrutiny. Mr. Lynch can take as long as he likes to write his books if they are as well written as The Republic of Thieves. The twists and turns of this story is a wild ride that I couldn't put down.
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.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
If an author is going to make me fall in love with his writing, his characters, and an ongoing saga, he'd better deliver if he makes me wait SIX YEARS for the next installment. Scott Lynch did NOT let me down. Book 3 of the Gentleman Bastard Series brings back Locke and Jean and finally lets us meet the only female GB, Sabetha, Locke's romantic love interest. In addition, The Republic of Thieves provides much more detail about the Bonds Magi and their magic.
If you've read the first two in the series, you don't need much info beyond the fact that The Republic of Thieves (named for a play that is part of the plot line in this novel) picks up right where Red Seas under Red Skies left off, Scott Lynch once again expertly weaves flashbacks of Locke's formative years into the telling of current events, and all the fun confidence games and backstabbing of the past books are once again flamboyantly displayed. There's a bit more romance and a bit less swordplay in this edition of the Locke Lamora adventures, but the witty repartee has not diminished in the slightest. Ah, and you may want to know that Michael Page (always good) is in TOP FORM here - really great narration!
As usual, Lynch ends this chapter conclusively (and as usual, not totally happily) while twisting the reader/listener up for yet another coming episode. And that brings me to my unhappy realization; there are still FOUR more books to come. I am thrilled the adventure will continue and I'm satisfied to wait for the next to be done well, but I am hoping the remainder may come out just a BIT faster.
If you've read the first two books and liked them, by all means pick up the third. If you haven't read The Lies of Locke Lamora, I highly recommend it - a little reminiscent of The Ryria Revelations, but darker.
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
At last, Audible has published the third audiobook in the Gentlemen Bastard series, "The Republic of Thieves." It was with keen anticipation that I acquired this audiobook, because unlike many other audiobooks I've listened to, I did NOT read the novel in advance. I was determined to make this a "fresh listen," with no prior experience of the work whatsoever.
Why did I do this? Think Christmas.
Listening to each of Lynch's prior works in the series has been astounding. Each unique. Each a must read, or in this case, a must listen. Read my previous reviews on those audiobooks. You'll get the idea.
Okay, so on to Christmas.
Each of tLynch's works in this series were like a Christmas gift. An unexpected, beautifully-wrapped, rich, textured treat I devoured, and frankly couldn't put down until I finished. Fantastic writing? TONS. Wonderfully-written characters and dialogue that actually make sense? Even MORE. Wait! What's this? Well-thought plots and story lines in abundance, for God's sake! Both were grand listens of fantasy, intrigue, plots within plots, action, twists and turns, and much more.
Christmas. Each audiobook was as if it was a gift straight from Lynch to me.
So, I made sure to steer clear of any advance hardback book of this work, or any online advance reading. I really wanted to enjoy this new gift when I opened it.
Was it worth the wait to open this gift?
Yet again, Lynch gives me an early Christmas present! It was definitely worth the wait. This third in the series carries on grandly, tying in the past two works with this, and it did not disappoint. You already know that I don't give spoilers, nor do I sneak in plot lines. Audiobook reviews can be a veritable minefield, ruining the author's hard work and your initial listening experience by becoming a reader's digest version of the listen instead of a review. A review should only tell you the writer's OPINION of the work. Having said this, please take note of my rating for this audiobook. As I've said before, excellent audiobooks earn good ratings, and this is no exception. I am brutal on lesser works, and if you seen my previous reviews, know this.
So, this is one gift that should stay wrapped until YOU unwrap it. No hints. No peeks. No shaking of the box.
With that in mind, will you put a little trust in me when I say that this is one fantastic listen, without giving away anything? I hope so, because both the author and narrator have done their very best in this third of the series, and I do NOT say this lightly. This will no doubt infuriate some readers of this review. To those wonderful people, I say that there are countless reviewers who will give you everything you want, and ruin the audiobook for you. Again, I simply ask for a small amount of trust.
If you do, you'll be glad you opened this gift yourself.
We're almost done here... A final word, if I may...If you've not read the first two books in the series, read my reviews on them, and start with those two audiobooks prior to acquiring this one. I consider them required reading for any fantasy fan.
The whole seiries is so compelling that you will be doing your sleeping at work and your reading in bed. Get comfortable with that thought before you pick this one up!
Finally meeting Sabetha.
The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron for it's thievery and light-heated side; Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy for it's larger series arcs and duo of goodness.
Chains, hands down.
Yes, but that was impossible. One does need bathroom breaks.
Scott Lynch gave us plenty more on Locke’s background with the flashback scenes and Jean got some extra ‘training’ in Espara that was fun to hear about. I have to say the biggest plus to this book was to finally meet Sabetha and I was very pleased with who she turned out to be. She completed the big picture of the Bastards. Between the two timelines (play in Espara & election in Karthain), there was plenty of pranks, egotistical attitudes, and even some deadly danger. The readers also get more info about the Bondsmagi and the Eldren, two elements I have been greatly curious about since Book 1, The Lies of Locke Lamora.
When I review a book, I compare the book to what else the author has written (and I have read) and other books in the same genre. Was this my favorite Lynch book? No. I felt the first two books in the series had a tighter plot, that every element of the story was relevant to the plot. Also, this book left me with many, many questions, and not just about the big arc of the series, but also about story arc contained within covers of Book 3. Finally, there was a big, BIG reveal that could alter how much I like or dislike the series from here on out. I will have to wait til Book 4 to see how things play out……But, with all that said, when I compare this book to other Epic Fantasy or Thievery books, it is still one of my favorites.
It was great to get to spend some more time with Calo, Galdo, and Chains via the flashbacks. I definitely have an expanded list of people/societies that Locke & Jean need to take down. Plus, there is some new mystery surrounding the Bondsmagi for Lynch to explore in future volumes.
The Narration: Michael Page rocks! I decided I needed to reread the first 2 books before diving into this one, and I did that through the audiobooks. Michael delivered for all three, providing great voices, and never hesitating (or breaking into giggles) over the outrageous swearing.
This book picks up as the 3rd in Locke's story, but at the same time, it features interspersed stories of Locke as a boy and teen, back with Chains and the gang. It's great to see Calo and Galdo again, and finally Sabetha! Lynch does a good job of juxtaposing the two narratives so that the arcs of the stories match.
However, I didn't give it the 5 stars that I gave the last two.Some parts seemed a bit long. Lynch includes a big part of the play that Locke and his gang perform. He probably had fun writing that, but it slows down the action. Also there are new mysteries introduced and left hanging, so I hope we don't have to wait a long time for the next one.
Michael Page continues to be outstanding as the narrator.
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.
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