He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century. 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 fallout 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 for ever. 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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The audio version has high quality production value, is easy to listen to and engrossing.
The Republic of Thieves is a great third book following The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies. The links to the previous novels are clear and well crafted answering some of the questions set up earlier and posing even more. If I had to compare it to another work I would say it is of the same standard and style of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, with more action more quickly.
Michael Page's voice is easy to listen to and the character portrayals are clear and well crafted. He lets the story do the talking which is the mark of a good performer.
I could not put the book down it drew me to listen on more often. It is a finely balanced book which hold both funny moments and moments that bring tears to your eyes. The characters are very well drawn especially if you have listened to the other novels in the series and the parallel story of the Republic of Thieves performance where we meet characters from previous stories serves to make the revelation at the end all the more intriguing.
The Republic of Thieves is a highly enjoyable, fast paced fantasy adventure romp. If you want to make the most of it I would recommend reading first The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas under Red Skies. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
Its entertaining but not the best
yes, to someone who has read the previous two. not as a standalone work
Way too much prose when going over the play in the past tense.
I guess I expected too much from Lynch, but I feel certain that he didn't make as much of an effort this time around, either. The plot was just barely there and his characters aren't nearly as interesting, intelligent or charming as he would like to think, not enough to carry the slim premise of the book, in any case. To be sure, it was basically an excuse to delve into the history of the characters and introduce a certain someone who's been missing from the series (and who's been referenced on more than one occasion). And despite an entire book to do so, Lynch flailed and came up with nothing at the end. Just like the antagonists, every character besides Locke acts as a counterpoint to his. Locke is the only one who has any semblance of consistency or personal growth. On the point of antagonists, Lynch has always had to contrive a thoroughly convoluted way of involving them with Locke's story, this time around the complications remain but the reasoning just doesn't add up. I kept thinking, but why? Then when Lynch would explain a little bit more further on, I'd still be wondering why someone would go through all that trouble... like why? Usually, I can forgive or even forget these little mishaps because the story is so engrossing and the worldbuilding fantastic. But Lynch has hit with The Republic of Thieves. He didn't add anything new or anything that was sufficiently interesting to make someone want to read on. And the ending was supposed to be a cliffhanger (I think?) but all it did was make me begrudge Lynch: "Really? This was the big twist? Really? Oh and why did [ ] do that? That makes no sense! [ ] is supposed to be better than that!!"
I really, really wanted to like this book, but in the end I was just exhausted from waiting for something interesting or surprising to happen. I finished the book at night, turned off the lights and immediately went to sleep. It didn't make me buzz with excitement or awe, it was just something I had to get over so that I could focus on another book.
I would not recommend this for anyone who is not already obsessed with Lynch's world or who has very high expectations and was slightly disappointed by Red Seas Under Red Skies (which was good, don't get me wrong). Read a summary if you're curious. Save yourself the time and the money.
In its defense, I will say that the interludes were pretty cute and did a better job of entertaining me than the main story line. The task to which The Gentlemen Bastards are appointed to at first seemed a bit dull and slow-going for me, but once I got into it, I was able to appreciate the labor Lynch put into building up that story within the story of the book.
a story of some kind?
No ... This was the last one I will ever read
It was alright but not great
The first book in the series was fantastic!!!!
There is a reason this took him so long to write...He didn't have a story worth putting down... The fact is, few people do.
Third in the Gentleman Bastard series this one explore the world of coning politics and theater. Events from the previous start to come together showing the bigger world, consequences of characters action and we finally see the main character's previous romance. Despite knowing the author would bring a surprise into the plot, the surprise he brings is still a shock and changes the flow.
If you like low level fantasy, character driven stories and rogues you should read this series.
Great story. Creative and intricate.
Wouldn't want to ruin anything...
There was in fact one very touching and crushing moment. The author has done a good job over the course of these two books to create characters the reader is willing to invest themselves in... so true hardship for the characters really hits home.
"Nowhere near as strong as the two previous books."
As with the previous books, I was expecting to do nothing other than put five stars and a heck of a lot of nice words about The Republic of Thieves. I suppose the realisation that such a review would not be forthcoming at least gave me something different to do for a change.
The Republic of Thieves starts off well, it really does. The reader is constantly trying to figure out just how Locke will pull through the mess he got himself into at the end of the previous book. The book stays good until about the 25%-30% mark. It then decides to get good again near the end with a few smatterings of 'that's interesting' throughout.
My main grumble with this book is that most of it just seems as though it adds nothing to Locke's tale. Well, that's a bit harsh. It obviously adds something as without it you wouldn't have the repercussions at the end. I just felt that it was incredibly slow and tedious at points. The vast majority of the book is Locke and Jean trying to be clever by bribing people to vote for a certain party at an election. It could just be me, but I think the author has made a book about a political election as exciting as a book about a political election can be. Which isn't the same scintillating pace you'd expect from his previous offerings.
The flashback periods are also a little odd. In the other books it would show you parts from Locke's past that showed how he could do certain things. For instance, if Locke needed to become an expert climber, it flashed back to Locke and Jean clinging to a rock face and mastering the art of not falling. In this book, it centers around the Gentleman Bastards acting in a play (The Republic of Thieves) and, despite it being a very interesting part of the book (more so than the election for the most part), it just felt like two short novels intermingled to make one long book.
I did enjoy the Republic of Thieves. Anything with Locke, Jean and their infinite amount of witty lines is going to be enjoyable. But I also enjoy vanilla ice-cream and don't consider it great. This, to me, was vanilla where the other two were flavoursome delights.
Most certainly. I re-listened to the first two books in preparation for this and I look forward to listening to them again in the future.
Without mentioning spoilers, I'd say it has to be the parts of the book that look at Locke's childhood, especially the part where Sabetha gets caught trying to steal an emerald necklace... those of you who've read the book know why!
I really enjoy Michael's work. He does some nice rough voices which really add to the reading. This time around he's just as good as ever.
There are some strong revelations about Locke's past that really hit you hard. Don't want to spoil them, just read it.
"Well ... what was I waiting for again ?"
not if he takes another 10 year to write the next one i won't
no ... never.. never ever ever at all. .... ever
I waited what seemed like a life time for this ... and its all very .... meh. Its not worth the wait, it really isn't.
Once again he takes our heroes and rather that put them to work in some nefarious scheme to relieve some rich aristo scum of all their money. He sends them to rig an election, that doesn't appear to mean anything anyway. At least they aren't picking weevils out of the biscuits and drinking their own urine aboard the good ship lost plot hole, this time.
There's a rather pointless back story that meanders around the main tale for no particular reason other then to point out Locke fancies Sabitha, which was a massive surprise to me, i mean its not been mentioned at all in the last two books now has it. Anyway the backstory just sort of ends. And then locke turns out to be ...... well it won't make any sense and you won't care by the end anyway.
Mr Lynch went through a lot before writing this tale, and maybe he should have waited a bit longer and had a really good think about where he's taking Locke and Jean, because reading about con artist rigging elections and trying to cop a feel of Sabathia's bobby dazzlers is tedious.
"A really great series - worth every second"
imaginative, exciting, gripping
When the final election votes were announced in Carthain, I was sure that two things were going to happen with different characters, and I got them both wrong, which made the story so much more interesting. in addition there was a final sting in the tail which was totally unexpected. Bring on the next book.
no, but im looking forward to more as I like his style
Yes, though I had it in 3 parts and listened to it in my car on different journeys
the only downside was I really liked the "5 year" part of the story more than the "republic of thieves" background, even though both were wonderfully written and great in their own right. I could see the link and understood the purpose but I just wanted more about the election skullduggery
"A good Listen"
A good Third book continuing the style of the first two books. The schemes continuing to get larger and bolder with many interesting developments through out the book , We continue to learn about the gentlemans bastards past and finally get meet the final member of the old crew.
After reading I am very much looking forward to Scott lynchs Next book. Keep up the great work!
"One of the best"
Absolutely would listen again. The effortlessly witty conversations and characters are entertaining many times over.
The two leads are both equally well-developed although Jean is perhaps more likeable.
Michael page consistently does fabulous narrations, not a single one of them has disappointed so far.
If I'd manage to stay awake for that long, absolutely.
Can't wait for the rest of the series. It's already qualified as one of the all-time greats, getting better and better which is extraordinary, considering the first book was as close to perfect as any book I've read.
"The Stainless Steel Rat for fantasy"
A solid follow up to the previous books, some fantastic flashbacks to the previous books and early stories of the gentleman bastards. Michael Page does a great job with the voices, as always - managing to bring back the right voices for the prior characters. Warning, ends on one hell of a cliff hanger, which means another long wait for the next in the series.
"Fantastic! Entertaining romp!"
Fantastically read, brilliant story. A definite five star rating like the previous Scott Lynch books
"When's the next one"
I read this as the last of the tales of Locke Lamora and it answers many of the questions from the rest of the series
Locke is an excellent and slippery rogue for whom no good deed goes unpunished
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I wouldn't make a film of this as it is the last of a series of 5 books
There was too much emphasis on the play they were performing and this detracted from the ongoig plot
"Very well read"
I would definitely recommend this book the narration is brilliant. Each character is wonderfully depicted. The story is great across all the books.
Loc has to be my favourite such a well written character.
He has such a range of voices I could never think of so many on my own.
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