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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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.
Another great tale in the series and wow what an ending. Had a few moments concerning the play that dragged but they were soon forgotten.
Enjoyed it. A bit of a weird premise and I was worried it wouldn't hold together, but it did! Performance was amazing as usual.
The first installment started an expectation of intricate dual plotlines and master weaving. Lynch continues that tradition in grand style keeping the double story and surprises coming.
Scott Lynch keeps you guessing about the outcome of the story for the entirety of the book, the insults between characters are... Vivid. Michael Page is an incredible voice actor, respect.
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.
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