Regular price: $18.11

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.

No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.

But, as ever, the path of true crime rarely runs smooth and Locke and Jean soon find themselves co-opted into an attempt to bring the pirate fleet of the notorious Zamira Drakasha to justice. Fine work for thieves who don't know one end of galley from another. And all the while the Bondsmagi are plotting their very necessary revenge against the one man who believes e has humiliated them and lived; Locke Lamora.

©2007 Scott Lynch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    529
  • 4 Stars
    287
  • 3 Stars
    61
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    623
  • 4 Stars
    154
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    440
  • 4 Stars
    273
  • 3 Stars
    77
  • 2 Stars
    14
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joshua
  • Winnipeg, MB Canada
  • 04-03-11

Fantastic Read/Listen

In a refreshing departure from many fantasy novels, Scott Lynch's characters are not superhumans possessed of some extraordinary power, but survive on the strength of their own wits. The stakes are high, but not ridiculously so. The world isn't about to be destroyed, or thrust into an endless dark age. Much as the first book in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is a heist/fantasy novel. The protagonists are not immune to failure, and the story seems driven more by it's characters, than by an ultimate goal, which makes it a pleasure to listen to. The characters are possessed of a strange morality, and are humanized by the situations in which they are conflicted by practical concerns, and their desire to adhere to their own code of ethics. Success is never guaranteed in this series so far, which leaves me sympathizing with the characters own frustration, and keeps the tension strong. Locke and Jean don't wander from one startling, incredible success to another, and so the journey is never boring.

The audio narrator is crisp and precise, speaking with a smooth cadence, and does an excellent job with voices and accents, further enriching this atmospheric book.

If your reading this Mr. Lynch, get back to writing (and thank you).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

6.8/10 Kept me thoroughly involved throughout

Bloody good book & easier to follow than it's prequel however I think the first book was probably significantly better in terms of world/character building which might have been a solid 8.5/10

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Quite good, not quite great

It's a good follow up to the previous books but it was much harder to stay interested in the plot in this installment. Amazing narration as usual.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

incredibly entertaining

its really good. Following locke is very interesting. story wise though this is a slow read at a few points. which is why im giving it 4stars instead of 5. the plot moves slowly before it suddenly takes off quicker than a rat. the reader

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

truely amazing!!! enjoyed every minute of it.

truely amazing!!! enjoyed every minute of it. the best fantasy book i've read (listened to) in my life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

funny- exciting - real

I keep returning to this series. It is really well balanced and should be a movie one day

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great stories of adventures

loved it well written characters and plot twists.
Brothers in arms and life. terrific story and imaginative plots.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fantastic sequel

every bit as good as the first book, with tons of new characters and the same superb narration.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Excellent listen

The audio was good and the entonación was perfect even for 1.5x. My main issue is with the story, not as strong as the previous one, Lies of Locke Lamora.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A great part 2 of the awesome story

What I like about this serie is that characters are not superhumans. They are ordinary, yet highly skilled, people that struggle each day to live their lives. Epic and interesting adventures that keep your attention to the book.
As with part one some stories are left unfinished and kept for next part.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stuart
  • 09-18-12

Loved it

Good story well told, what I particularly enjoy is



- the author takes time to give lots of descriptive details without being overly flowery

- time has been put into building the back story of the world you are being transported through, with lots of little details which add to the tale without over complicating things

- and it avoids the cliche of many fantasy titles that the main characters of the book are "heroes", always good and everything they do turns out fine in the end



The language in the book is colourful at times with swearing and sex, so it feel a bit more like fantasy for grown ups (or young adults at least)... and not just kids stories with big words "and they all lived happily ever after" endings, which some fantasy titles could be accused of being



Can't wait for the next installment

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • paula
  • 06-28-14

Great story, great narration!

If you could sum up Red Seas Under Red Skies in three words, what would they be?

No matter which way they turn Loche and Jean are always heading toward the sharp end of something pointy, this is usually due to someone more powerful trying to manipulate them into their plans, leading to situations of tense stand offs, fast talking and clever plans. Red Sea and Red Skies is similar to the first in many ways, but with a bit more YARRRR....

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Seeing all their plans knit together as the book heads towards its conclusion is always the best bit.. like the great John "Hannibal" Smith from the A-Team said "I love it when a plan comes together!"

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew
  • 10-04-12

Very enjoyable

Contrary to some other reviewers, I think I almost enjoyed this more than the Lies of Loch Lamora. The challenges are somewhat different and yet similar - bit like Hustle on steroids. Scott Lynch does a really good job of painting another world and different societies. The body count was somewhat high perhaps (again) - but that's the sort of story that's being told.



Personally - if you enjoyed LofLL you'll enjoy this.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Viv
  • 11-08-14

Bit of a rambling let down

After the promise of the first book this was a long, rambling and not very cohesive tale. I felt the author had lost the central theme he was striving for and made up for it in length. I kept going to the end, but found it a chore. I doubt if I will attempt the final book unless the reviews are excellent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Diane
  • 07-10-14

Good but a bit slow

What did you like best about Red Seas Under Red Skies? What did you like least?

The second half of this book went up a gear in terms of pace and action. We meet new characters on the high seas, all very colorful and engaging. There are some great action sequences. However the first half of the book, before they get to sea just dragged for me. I found myself having to make an effort to carry on listening, days would go by and I wouldn't bother.

Would you recommend Red Seas Under Red Skies to your friends? Why or why not?

If you like a lot of action, read something else. If you like scheming and cunning plots, this is for you. However considering Loch is supposed to be super cunning he seems very slow on the uptake sometimes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the scene when Loch and Jean first attack a merchant ship in their pirate guise.

Did Red Seas Under Red Skies inspire you to do anything?

After much deliberation I got the next book "Republic of Thieves". I haven't finished listening to it yet, but it gets off to a much better start.

Any additional comments?

The tale is fairly well read by the narrator. Some of the voices are hard to tell apart, but generally not bad.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • T. Norman
  • 02-27-14

Refreshing Chaos Continues...

Following from The Lies of Locke Lamora, our protagonist Locke and his friend and protector Jean have arrived in the city state of Tal Verrar, looking towards their next big score. Their eyes firmly fixed on the Sinspire, they are surprised when the city ruler usurps their free will and sets them a deadly task; to rid the waters to the south of a marauding band of pirates. Despite no knowledge of the sea or sailing Locke and Jean have no choice but to set forth to meet their fate.
This is a worthy second instalment in the Thorn of Camorr series. The style is as jarring as with the first book, but is easier to settle into after a short while. As before: BUY THIS BOOK!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • M. Dawes
  • 03-28-13

Good,but.......

The Lies of Locke Lamora was a remarkable story of derring-do, the likes of which I don't think I have ever come across before. Funny, witty, incredibly tight and fast paced - who could ask for more. Well, the follow up is good, but lacks a little bit of charm and polish. The plot is a bit convoluted in that it relies on ever more far fetched bits of dialogue between our hero and the two bad guys in order to keep us moving along. Let us hope that the next instalment sees a return to form.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-11

Had a hard job living up to its predecessor

This is the successor to Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and was purchased as I've enjoyed that one so much.

This book follows on from the first book, although you probably can take this book as a stand alone. Set in the same world albeit a slightly different town / islands in the same society I found the story to have much that the first book enchanted me with in relation to the society, etc. I also greatly enjoyed the way the book played with elements of the "Master and Commander" type books by getting a lot of the nautical stuff spot on but then playing with the cultural expectations by having many of the things British sailors view as unlikely as necessary talisman for a safe / successful voyage.

However only 4* as I felt this book's storyline was all at sea: in the Lies of Locke Lamora the story sets up a comfortable world, this gets destroyed and the characters then set about defeating the 'baddy'. In this book the plot line of them being poisoned and therefore blackmailed into their situation didn't really work for me. Also there was a lot of them going back and forth - to sea, to various parties.

That being said, if you enjoyed the first book buy this one now: a good romp that easily fills in time.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • C. Douglass
  • 09-03-14

Lock's plans end up all at sea

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The continuing adventures of these loveable rogues as they come to terms with the events of their last outing and start again is moving, funny and compelling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Seas Under Red Skies?

The battle at sea between pirate ships

What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A depth of emotion and pace at the crucial scenes

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Thieves prosper

Any additional comments?

A wider stage than the previous book in the series with more characters and settings. The story does not immerse you into lock's world as deeply as the first book did as a consequence. The tale rockets along though and whilst not as gripping as the end game with the grey king the story is still impossible to turn off. There is also a cliff hanger ending...

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Swords and Spectres
  • 07-05-14

An excellent addition to an excellent series.

I am a huge fan of anything nautical. So, upon seeing the title and cover of the second novel in the 'Gentlemen Bastards Sequence' I got as excited as a virgin at a high school disco. I am happy to say the story did not disappoint.

Red Seas Under Red Skies focuses a lot more on Jean than the previous book, something that really adds to the story. You still get a lot of Locke and a lot of their past with the Gentlemen Bastards (something that, given the way the first book ended, takes the sting away from previous events).

The story consists of Locke and Jean trying to ply their trade as professional thieves in a new city. Their efforts land them in a new sort of employment, that of their brother thieves upon the waves; pirates.

Red Skies Under Red Seas, as with The Lies of Locke Lamora, will have the reader feeling a whole host of emotions ranging from happiness to downright misery. Not quite the levels of shock you get from the first book, but shock all the same. The ending also sets up nicely for the third book and will have the reader/listener thinking 'how will they get out of this thoroughly impossible situation?'.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Nicholas Moutsatsos
  • 09-02-18

A disjointed follow-up to a strong first book

I grew to like the narrator.
Somewhat disjointed compared to the previous book and missed many opportunities to foreshadow events in the book that are instead sprung on the reader without warning or reason. Moreso than the first book, I found this to be more predictable and less satisfying.

Not sure if I'll continue the series.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • S.Harrison
  • 08-19-18

Amazing.

By the Crooked Warden, that was a quality book. From performance to story it was incredible. Highly recommended.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Evan
  • 04-20-18

omfg! this was absolutely amazing!

hat off to the writer and narrator, this series is the best I've read in years!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 04-16-18

An amazing book well read

Similar enough to the first that you connect, different enough that you don't get bored. a great sequel.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Galahadoc
  • 01-25-18

Great. Another new adventure.

The 2nd book of a so far great series. Book 3 I think will show the range of the author to do something a bit differently.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jarryd
  • 03-05-17

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant and one he'll of tale. Need I say more? Apparently to be 15 words.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Campbell
  • 12-30-16

Wow.

fantastic - I'd shake the hand of everyone involved. A series that is great to read but even better to listen to.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • halee
  • 11-10-16

fantastic

awesome story, amazing narrator, loved it from start to finish. can't recommend Scott Lynch highly enough.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • kevin
  • 11-09-16

loved it

great series, loved it the whole way through. A must read for all. narrated really well!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mynhardt
  • 06-06-16

Very entertaining and enjoyable.

cant wait to start the next book. thankyou for this awsome read . . .