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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Just don't if you can help yourself. This book has so much nothing happening that it is a complete waste of time to listen to. I guess there will be another book after this. I hope i never ever notice. For a world and life and character with so much promise failure to have any meaningful or interesting interaction in two books has me bowing out of any further literature.
Teacher & musician.
This book blends the past with the now. We get to investigate the history between two lost lovers in a few too many of the chapters. Those parts could have successfully released as a prequelish standalone. The main story is good. Don't start with this book, it demands knowledge obtained in book one and two.
If you give me something original I will probably like it, regardless of the genre. Stick to a formula and I want to hurl a book at your head.
I love the Gentlemen Bastard series and I absolutely adored the first two books. The narrator was as usual, great at what he does. He really brings the characters to life and performs with emotion. Sadly, this story isn't as strong as the other two books and it felt a bit rushed near the end.
(kind of spoilers ahead!)
In this book, we're finally introduced to Sabatha, the woman Locke has been head over heals in love with his whole life. I'm all for awkward, stumbling romances, but this one goes on too long with these two. Sabatha misinterprets and gets offended at everything Locke says and Locke is pushy and obsessive with her. This continues for pretty much the whole book and it gets old pretty fast. I love this series because of the fun, complicated schemes the characters make up and perform, but those are pushed to the sidelines somewhat to delve into Locke and Sabatha's annoying relationship. I liked the imaginative world that Scott Lynch once again has written but again, I didn't feel too invested in it. I get the feeling that he rushed to finish the story when, in the blink of an eye, everything locks into place and is finished. ALTHOUGH I really enjoyed the epilogue. I think that saved the whole book.
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.
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.
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