Audie Award Finalist, Fantasy, 2014
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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Ok let me start off by saying I loved the first 2 books. But this is by far the worst end to a story I have ever read. There are no conclusions and the author try's to be mysterious with the characters back story's only succeeded in pissing me off. Every thing that made the first two books great is missing from this one. There is no real scheme there is a lot of boring love story that is never resolved and the end only succeeded in raising more questions that you don't really care about the answer to. The only thing I could recommend about this book is the reader.
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.
The Flashback sequences are far more interesting then the present time line. Far too much cursing. Felt like the curses were thrown in randomly without regard to the scene. The present day Plot line of the novel was boring. For professional con artists, they did very little in the way of confidence games.
No. Interesting group of characters but that's about where my interest ends. The overall story was boring.
Well read, gives life to each character. His performance of the twins was excellent during the scene when they are perfecting the Chorus routine.
I was not satisfied with this book. I really enjoyed the backstory of how The Gentleman Bastards gained their skills. Unfortunately that did not bleed into the rest of the book.
listening to a story of people practicing and rehearsing a play in old Shakespeare English is exactly as much fun as it sounds. only decent bit is the epilogue
I love the characters in this series and the dialog can be fantastic the only thing missing in this one is a story worth reading. It started out interesting but I got about half way through and it became pointless dribble. I gave up on it. I highly doubt I will finish it or read any more of the series. On to something more interesting.... Ooh look this paint is drying over here. Michael Page is brilliant in his narration at least.
Michael Page is bloody brilliant, he brings the book alive and each character is made unique with his excellent voice acting.
The first two books were fun, the unique "Italian" style was a great change of pace from the typical "Western" European style used by most fantasy authors. There is a lot of love about the world and the new stories that come from this. However the enjoyment ends there, beginning with the magic. The magic isn't enthralling or enchanting. The bonds magi are supposed to be so powerful but don't come off that way. All we know about the magic is it involves voice, fingers, string and apparently limitless bounds to subjugate all people to it. To the boon of the author, he does a great job of making you loath the magic and the people who wield it.There is pretty much zero character growth, it's the same people doing the same thing with a dash of fawning from Locke that I didn't find endearing but annoying. Locke is supposedly 30 years old and by all accounts is a grown man who has pretty much seen it all, yet he acts like a slobbering idiot. Both in the flash backs and in the present. To me it appears that despite the passing of many years Locke, Jean and company are all the same.I really wanted to like this book but the story was boring, mostly predictable, and didn't leave me with a desire to listen to the next audio book.
In this book nothing really took me, it was all pretty bland.
I know it has one and the reviews are good for it but I remain skeptical, I want to see growth from the people in the book and maybe a change in the books formula.
I really want to like this series, I love the narrator and the world created by the author but the story and the characters keep this book from being as brilliant as it could be. I truly hope the next books have more depth of character and do not follow the same formula.
I enjoy the Gentleman Bastard series and am a fan of Scott Lynch. I love to listen to Michael Page. I started and stopped with this one many times and finally just powered through, wishing it would end. This particular book is probably best enjoyed in book form so that you can skip over the dreary parts. I will buy the next book and reread the first two.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
I do not consider myself a harsh book critic, but i have read many bad books in my time. This was not one of them, but it did not live up to the first fantastic books in this series. There were a few slight issues with this book in my mind. The first and most glaring problem was Locke and sabetha's relationship. Now i hate putting spoilers in my reviews so I am going to be a bit vague about the problem but here goes. I will never dispute the fact that Scott Lynch is an excellent author,but he does a rather poor job in my opinion of expressing the relationship between Locke and sabetha. I understand he is trying to make it very complicated and without a doubt it is, but he struggles with the conversations between the characters. The whole romantic relationship seems a little forced to me. I am hoping he can smooth out his romance writing in the next few books. Admittedly, i am not a fan of fantasy romances at all, so my opinion of this book is a bit bias but i think I am correct in this case. Now I don't want to give you the opinion that this book is a romance novel, because it is a definite epic fantasy novel, but the weakly written romance parts really take away from the plot. This leads into my second small problem of this book, whitch is it doesn't seem to have the flare of the previous two novels. Locke and Jean's adventures seem to me to be a bit lacking in there excitement, reader related guess work, and overall spirit. Besides these two problems the book is very good and is hands down better than at least 80 percent of the fantasy out there. Michael page continues his near perfect narration quality without any slippage whatsoever. One of the things about this book that makes me very ready to read book 4 when it comes out is the plot expansion. the first novels while being excellent were almost singular adventures that only extended the overall seven book plot bit by bit because Lynch was doing the world building nesesary for a series of this scope. In book 3 Lynch really starts to unfold the full magnitude of the plot for the reader to try and comprehend. Also, fans of this series will be happy to know that Lynch seems to have continued writing at a logical pace and the fourth book is supposed to be out in November of 2014. Hopefully we can avoid another seven year book drought. despite the slight quality drop from books 1 and 2 i still highly recommend this book as a great read.
I loved the first two books in this series. I re-listened to both of them before starting this book. Perhaps that is why I was so disappointed when I finished this one.
We finally get to meet Sabetha. Unfortunately, to get the back story between her and Locke we encounter a play and the story drags in several parts during these interludes.
All of this could have been forgiven if the book had a solid ending. This book revolves around politics instead of a heist. And that leaves us with several sneaky tricks but no master plan to thoroughly enjoy at the conclusion. Worst of all, near the end of this book we have a deliberate manipulation of Locke's back story and are left with no explanations to anything.
I will continue to read the books in this series. It was just unfortunate that I finished this one and felt unsatisfied for the first time.
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