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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perhaps I'm just unaccustomed to audio books, but the first two novels were more engaging for me personally. it's still a good book and worth a listen, but I'm slightly disappointed.
I wanted more Gentle Bastard skullduggery and it delivered. The only complaint I have is the "B" reminiscence part, when we get more of the GB's past, it's as angsty angsty teenagers. Lynch writes them very well as the confounding little brats that they are, but sometimes you want to reach through the pages and strangle them. Michael Page does an admiral job, as usual. of course, if you're unfamiliar with the Gentleman Bastards, this is the third book in a series and you should start with Book 1: Lies of Locke Lamora.
The book was a little slow, and the closer it got to the end, you're wondering how they're going to wrap the story up.
As things go on, you start wondering why? Why are they doing what they're doing? Why did Scott Lynch write this book? It doesn't exactly make sense, and kind of feels out of place. There's no big plan, there's no big action sequences, it's just kind of there.
Then they start dropping the bombs of Lockes' origin. This happens near the end of the book, and you begin to realize what Scott has in mind for this story.
This book isn't as good as the first two, but the first two books kind of have a flaw.
There's no over arching story. There's no point to the story except The Gentleman Bastards doing what they do, which is to steal, and con. But there's no point other than that.
That's what changes in this book. While the story of this book isn't exactly great, it does one thing the others don't do which is finally create meaning.
The books would have been perfectly fine the way they were, but now they can become exceptionally better. Now they have a chance to be an epic, not just a cool story.
Don't expect this book to be as good as the last books, but keep your mind open and recognize what this book is actually doing for the future of this series.
I can not wait for the next book in this series.
If you've gotten this far in the series you probably do love the characters to some extent or at least feel invested in them to want to find out what happens to them.
Without giving away too much I can just say that this book is more of the same, some witty conversations here and there and finally sabetha is introduced but it still feels like the story drags our characters through a circus of insubstantial bullshit just to leave you with another cliff hanger...that may or may not lead to more of the same in the next book.
The writing is great, it's just that a lot of it is boring.
Enjoyed this book slightly less than the first books in the series, but it was still lots of fun. The advent of Sabetha, finally, was better than I thought it would be. She had a lot of build up and mystery, and I don't like romance subplots much, but she was an actual PERSON and not just a hot girl.
The whole Karthain plot took awhile to suck me in. The design of the mages' society seemed a little thin to me. The game between Locke and Sabetha was very entertaining though and the parallel flashback plot worked really well. So despite the little issues I had, the book was still fantastic overall.
I enjoy this world and blasted my way through the first three (all available at the time of review). While the world and characters were awesome, fun people, and the scenarios are interesting reads... Locke fails as a Protagonist. Far too much time spent reacting rather than being proactive. Will look forward to the next book, and hope things improve.
This is truly a horrible ending to the series, and if this is not the ending, it is now. The first 2 books about the gentleman bastards are amazing, I loved them! This book is not even about thieves, they don't do any cool jobs.. they get caught up in politics and the girl Locke is in love with. And Scott Lynch just happened to forget to tell us about how he fell in love so here is another format like book 1 with the time switching back and forth just to make this story seem relevant, it's not. This book, sad to say, ruined the series for me.
I enjoyed the two stories in one aspect, and I get the parallels between the two stories, but these are writing devices.
I think Sabetha is a beautifully complex character, but how she fits in the story (the overall story) leaves much to be desired. Perhaps that is the author's intent, to bind us readers to the primary character's experience... specifically frustrating us with Sabetha's duality, and not really giving us full satisfaction! This may work for some, but it is a gap in story to me.
The thing I loved most about the first two stories (Lies and Red Seas) was that periphery characters were more robust than simply being archetypes for Locke and crew to maneuver, but in this story, the characters on the periphery severely lacked depth... but were fun. I especially liked the old lady spies (though, just ONE was illustrated) and would've LOVED to see them as a sort of community, or gang even! Honestly though, perhaps this story was simply not the place for depth and variety... but Lynch set two precedents that I am judging by.
With how Locke and Jean have matured, I have a hard time seeing this series turning out to be much more than heroes quest from here on out... something that has traditionally turned me off to this genre... but who knows, maybe sheer curiosity about Locke's origin and what will finally result with Sabetha are enough to keep my attention on this GB series?!
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