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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Damn the Romans!' - Leto II
The narration was excellent as per normal with this series, but this book spends the majority of its time gratifying the need to know more about Locke and Sabitha's relationship than it does providing a solid new plot line. Half the book is spent in the present, the other in the past, and each half has its own story to tell so it's understandable neither was an elaborate tale. Overall very content with the installment and hoping for another helping.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Filled with flashbacks to the time of their apprenticeship under Master Chain the Thief Maker, this novel follows Locke and John first in the present time and then in the past in a series of comic misadventures. Always they practice their religion, reliving people of their money in the name of the Crooked Warden. This novel lacks the exciting story of the second book—tending to get side-tracked with the long flashback scenes of the play production company—but still manages to be entertaining.
Michael Page again delivers an energetic dramatic performance that, at times, reaches brilliance.
Slow, but good.
Absolutely, this is the third book from Scott Lynch that I have read (third in the Gentlemen Bastard series) and all were terrific stories with compelling characters.
Michael Page narrated all of the Gentlemen Bastard series and he is one of my favorite narrators.
Some of the banter between Locke and Jean can be hilarious. The characters are so well developed that it is easy to react with emotion when a character dies.
Books one and two of this series set a high standard which this third installment didn't quite reach However, I am looking forward to the next installment.
I enjoyed the firs two books in this series but this book just didn't have very interesting story lines (there are two). The book takes place after the previous book, and also a story filling in some of Locke and Jeans time as young gentlemen bastards.
The plots are politics and the theatre! Boring in my opinion, maybe not yours. In both stories, the main focus is how enamored Locke is with Sabitha. He spends the book begging her to like him, to tell him why she doesn't like him, and making mistakes because he is just a doofus around her. Sound annoying? Well in this book, thats what is going on in both storylines. Snorrrrrrr
Story was not compelling enough for another listen.
Yes, It is still better than most everything else.
He was wonderful as always.
Flashbacks and young love, this story needs to go somewhere soon!
Scott Lynch takes us to the Moulin Rouge
After a breakout first book in this series, I found the second one something of a letdown. This time, Lynch returns to the formula that worked well for him in the first book. We again alternate storylines between Locke Lamora’s youth and the present. And, at last, the mysterious Sabetha comes into the story in both the past and present storylines.
Overall, I would put this book as much better than the second, but still not quite up to the high level that the first one brought us. Having three of the “Gentlemen Bastards” in the main story rather than just Jean and Locke certainly helped with the interplay and I enjoyed the interlude storyline with the play – though I did get a large feeling of the movie “Moulin Rouge” with how a lot of it went along.
I am definitely enjoying the series enough again that I’m looking forward to book four. The ending of three leaves us with some interesting possibilities.
Once again, Michael Page's narration remains excellent and consistent. Characters from the first book who make appearances through flashbacks in this book carry the same voices. I appreciate that.
Yes. Michael Page is an excellent narrator, and brings this fun tale to life.
It's definitely in the upper range.
It's similar to the Tales of the Ketty Jay books, which sadly very few people have read. Of course, it's a bit similar to the other books in this series. It's also similar to the Riyria Revelations series.
No one does "outraged" like Michael Page, and outrage is the main tone of this book, so it fits perfectly!
When Sabetha is standing on a balcony reading a letter, near the end.
This book starts more slowly than the others, and involves fewer cons and heists, but has some truly touching moments, and is more "epic" than either of the first two, with foreshadowing of more epic-ness to come!
I liked the first book and loved the second book, but the third book just felt like it went on and on and on without much tension or story advancement. It's almost as if he had a cool idea, but then felt compelled to fit it in the same length novels as his prior two stories.
Maybe, but there were a couple points where I felt like stopping. I'm glad I didn't, but there are "unimportant" sections I just tuned out. There are too many other books in the world I could be spending my time on.
I thought both story arcs were weak and felt forced. It felt like he struggled with writing this novel and was trying to force something to fit where it didn't. I think he probably should have just tossed the entire story aside and came up with something different. Lynch's writing is great, but the story just never took off.
Yup, as with the past two books, this is wholly entertaining. I'd give it a 4.5 stars, and this is why:
The book itself is a solid four stars, but entertainment-wise, it is definitely 5 stars, must recommend to the fans of the genre. I am not sure there was a single part in the book that was wasn't enjoying whole-heartedly. Scott Lynch comes up with the most solidly fun and hilarious dialogue I've ever had the treat to experience. His writing style and characters alone are enough for me to recommend this book to you good reader. Especially if you've already read the first two.
The story is a typical affaire with the Scott Lynch flair thrown around. Yes, the plot is pretty predictable, but it is more a vehicle for the world, writing, characters, and dialogue than anything else. This isn't a shallow book, beneath the dark humor, the dirty humor, there are deep characters and deeper meaning. Really, there is nothing else to say, if you've read the first two, read this one. If you haven't, read them if you are a fan of thieves, smartasses, and the fantasy genre.
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