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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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.
I've only listened to the series, which I love because Page does a great job of reading the nuances of the characters. I can hear the sarcasm, the deadpan jokes, the 'wink' in the commentary. So much fun to listen to!
A little startled by the ending. Watching the members of the Gentleman Bastards square off was a lot of fun, though! It was great seeing Locke meet his match in Sabbatha as they matched wits! I'm not sure that I like Sabbatha all that much, though. After becoming such a fan of Locke Lamora, I wanted to root for a happy ending to this love story. But I didn't really like the character Sabbatha was- I wanted to be sympathetic to her, but instead she left a bad taste in my mouth, and I kept thinking that Locke could do better.
I really like that there will more in the series, but I feel like the ending got a little overcomplicated. I think Scott Lynch is a great writer though, so I am willing to suspend judgement and believe that wherever he's going with this story will be just as exciting as these last books have been!
I think Page does a good job with these characters, he's really been able to nail Locke's jaunty wit and contrast with his melancholy self-pity. He even does a pretty good job with the female voices, lending the feminity without making them sound high-pitched and child-like.
Can't wait for the next book to come out!
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.
Yes, and now you don’t have to read the rest of my rambling.
So, it’s been a while since we were treated to a tale about our favorite two conmen, and now we get to meet that legendary redhead we’ve watch Locke pine for over the last two books. She, like any good woman, has been worth the wait. She is strong, smart, confident, and capable. She is Locke’s match in wits and I wish their contest was more drawn out because the back and forth we do get to watch is just grand. And as always, the flashback story is awesome. The young Bastards going off to be a theater troupe and their adventures really make the book.
I have only one real complaint. Sadly, it’s directed at our Narrator. Page is still great. I still want him as the narrator for the series. For 95% of the book he is as wonderful as ever. . .sadly, that 5% that went wrong involves two of my favorite characters. Father Chains and the Thiefmaker don’t have their old voices; they both sound more like Don Maranzalla. That was really disappointing since their old voices were just so perfect for their physical descriptions.
Now, the ending, that was just amazing. The epilogue, which is setting up the future plot, is one of those “Did that just happen?” moments. Red Seas under Red Skies left me wanting more because it felt a little incomplete, The Republic of Thieves has left me wanting more from shear excitement.
Yes but this book will make me hesitant.
Not sure. May be new lee child jack reacher novel.
Versatile, pleasing, can't think of the word but theatrical
Mundane stuff and constant love conversations, tried too hard to build the tension between sabbaths and Locke. Tried to make up for lack of background in first two books.
First two books were very good. This book lacked the every chapter interest and had the feeling of a spacer book in the series.
Snotty, elitist lawyer who reads too much and is kind too little.
Scott Lynch raised the stakes--and the bar--with this novel. He is the new voice to beat.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I love this series. This is silly and fun and very entertaining. The romance is a bit tiresome but I'm not a romance fan.
Love the bit with the snakes.
Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️
Yes, very complex story line.
I found it to be great listening loyalty among thieves. I wish the fourth book was out the only part of the book I did not like was the end because it left us hanging.
His ability to differentiate the characters, flawless execution.
Oh yes, fantasy fiction at its best.
Scott Lynch is the new Terry Goodkind.
Pro: The author has talent. His characters are distinctive. He crafts his plots and the timeline with skill. His invective is extremely inventive.
Con: The main protagonists are not compelling. All lamps are "alchemical lamps" to the point of utter redundancy. There are other flaws, but the first three books have sufficient merit to bear them.
Ultimately, where the author fails is in crafting a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. An interminable saga with no closure is not a story, it is a soap opera script.
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