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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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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
"Another stunner from Scott Lynch!"
I have downloaded all 3 books in this series and cannot wait for the next one! I'm delighted that there will apparently be 7 books about Locke Lamora in this series. This 3rd book,' The Republic of Thieves' moves back and forth from Locke's childhood with the Gentleman Bastards in Camorr and the new predicament Locke and his sidekick Jean Tannen find themselves in. It's a super adventure, in a beautifully realized fantasy world- much like medieval Europe. The narration is great,and there is one hell of a cliffhanger ending. Well done Mr Lynch! would thoroughly recommend this series and I can't wait for the next book!!
"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.
"Different and worth staying the course"
I found this book a little difficult to follow initially, but once into the characters it is a well written and entertaining book. Totally unexpected finale.
Fantastic...captured the personalities really well and the variety of vocies made it a lot easier to follow each character
Stay with it, an excelent book
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