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Non hanno più denaro, hanno perduto i loro amici e rischiato di morire, ma i Bastardi Galantuomini non sono sconfìtti, sono anzi più uniti che mai. Così Jean Tannen e Locke Lamora, fuggiti dall'amata Camorr, vanno là dove li porta l'irresistibile richiamo del denaro e cioè nella città di Tal Verrar, al centro della quale sorge la più grande, la più ricca e la più sorvegliaNon hanno più denaro, hanno perduto i loro amici e rischiato di morire, ma i Bastardi Galantuomini non sono sconfìtti, sono anzi più uniti che mai. Così Jean Tannen e Locke Lamora, fuggiti dall'amata Camorr, vanno là dove li porta l'irresistibile richiamo del denaro e cioè nella città di Tal Verrar, al centro della quale sorge la più grande, la più ricca e la più sorvegliata casa da gioco dello Stato. Leggenda vuole che ci abbiano provato in molti, a entrare nel suo caveau, e che nessuno ne sia mai uscito vivo. Ma proprio quando Locke e Jean si apprestano a sfatare la leggenda, un sinistro personaggio appare come per magia e, senza troppe cerimonie, li recluta come spie per assicurare alla giustizia i pirati del famigerato Zamira Drakasha. Davvero un incarico ideale per quei due, che non distinguono la poppa dalla prua e si trovano sbalzati in mezzo ad abbordaggi e a duelli a fil di spada nonché costretti a trasformarsi in lupi di mare....

Title : I pirati dell'oceano rosso
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ISBN : 9788842915652
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Number of Pages : 710 Pages
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I pirati dell'oceano rosso Reviews

  • Patrick
    2019-05-30 09:59

    I'll be honest, when I first read this book, years ago, my reaction was kinda "meh." Or rather, I *remember* it being that way. It was a long time back, and I can barely bring to mind what I ate for lunch yesterday. So I'm not terribly reliable that way. I also vaguely remember that it wasn't as talked-up as Lies of Locke Lamora. There wasn't the same excited buzz about it when it came out, so I remember feeling reasonably justified in my "meh" feeling. That means reading through it again a second time was an interesting experience. Because now I have passed through the fiery hell that is Publishing The Second Book. Don't get me wrong: first books are hard, especially in secondary-world fantasy. You have to introduce an entire world. You're constantly walking the knife-edge between boring people by explaining too much, and confusing them by explaining too little. But on the plus side, in a first book (or movie for that matter) everything has the benefit of being shiny and new. Every revelation is fresh and exciting. Every character is a mystery unfurling. That's not the case in a second book. In a second book, you still have that problem. PLUS you have the problem that some of your readers read the first book two days ago, and some of them read it two years ago. Some of them haven't read it at *all.*On top of that, a lot of people want nothing more than for you to write your first book over again… because that's what they know and love. But you *can't* do that, because you only get one beginning. When you write the second book in a series, the honeymoon is over. Now you're in a whole different type of relationship. And love is harder to maintain than infatuation. That's why, in my opinion, shifting gears from first book to second book is THE most difficult part of being a new writer. Given all of this, I can see why people in general and me in specific might have been a little "meh" on this book. We were all butterflies-in-tummy tingly after reading Lies of Locke Lamora. We loved it, and we wanted to see the same thing again. Which I now realize is silly. I don't think I knew that then. I mention all of this because this second time through, I found myself wondering what my problem was the first time. Because honestly, the book is good. We get to explore a cool new piece of the world. There are characters that I know and love, being very true to themselves while still growing and changing and coming into conflict with each other and the world. There is wonderful craft here. And brilliant dialogue, as before. Wit and humor both. It's true, that this book might be a little less Ocean's Eleven and a little more Grifters. But that's okay. Because sequels *need* to change and grow a bit, otherwise a series stagnates and dies. And this book made me cry a bit, which the first one didn't. So that's a mark in its favor. So…yeah. Simply said, I really enjoyed it. Did I enjoy it as much as Lies? No. But not every book can be on your top-ten list. Did Seas suffer from a bit of a sophomore slump? Yeah. A bit. But you won't find me bitching, because the only thing I could say was something along the lines of, "O! Woe is me! I was expecting pure untrammeled brilliance and all I got was mere shining excellence! Also, they didn't have any loganberry cream cheese at the café this morning, so I had to have blueberry instead! Alas! I shall now weep and write poetry in my journal!" Yeah. I don't want to be that person. Nobody wants to be that person.That said, the ending leaves you hanging. So I'm *really* fucking glad the next book is out. Speaking of which, I think I'm going to wander over to the bookstore and buy a copy of that right now...

  • Ridley
    2019-05-28 11:49

    After reading a Tumblr post Where Lynch responded to a reader's complaints about "political correctness" in this novel, I am intrigued.Why shouldn’t middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does. H.L. Mencken once wrote that “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” I can’t think of anyone to whom that applies more than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, with the incredible demands on time and spirit they face in their efforts to raise their kids, preserve their families, and save their own identity/sanity into the bargain. Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some fucking heads and sail off into the sunset with her toddlers in her arms and a hold full of plundered goods, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy from hell. I offer her up on a silver platter with a fucking bow on top; I hope she amuses and delights. In my fictional world, opportunities for butt-kicking do not cease merely because one isn’t a beautiful teenager or a muscle-wrapped font of testosterone. In my fictional universe, the main characters are a fat ugly guy and a skinny forgettable guy, with a supporting cast that includes “SBF, 41, nonsmoker, 2 children, buccaneer of no fixed abode, seeks unescorted merchant for light boarding, heavy plunder.”You don’t like it? Don’t buy my books. Get your own fictional universe. Your cabbage-water vision of worldbuilding bores me to tears. /fans self

  • Samantha
    2019-05-31 14:05

    4.75 stars! Finally the pirate book I've been craving. This is basically Ocean's 11 meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Petrik
    2019-06-09 16:03

    Buddy read with these thieves: Celeste & Sarah4.5/5 StarsContrary to the popular opinion that Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second book in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence series, is weaker than its predecessor, I’m more inclined to say that it’s not inferior nor superior but it’s equally great with The Lies of Locke Lamora in a different way. It retained some elements that made the first book rose to its fame and at the same time, replace some of them with some new factors to the series. I do, however, enjoyed reading the first book more.“Difficult" and "impossible" are cousins often mistaken for one another, with very little in common.” Two years after the end of the first book, we continue straight off with The Gentleman Bastard trying to, again, pull off another biggest heist they ever attempted. The plot started with Locke & Jean camouflaging as professional gamblers in an opulent casino named Sinspire executing one of the necessary steps for their heist. However, again, the heist gets so much more complicated than what they planned.The whole setting of the book took place in a completely different place than its predecessor, this time taking place in the island city of Tal Verrar and the Sea of Brass. Although I miss the city of Camorr for its beauty and resemblance with Venice, I do think that Tal Verrar and Sea of Brass gave the necessary new atmosphere to the book and series as a whole.Picture: Tal VerrarThe entire narrative is still told in the same storytelling method as the previous book, by shifting between present and past time frame. The past sections this time are called “Reminiscent” and it’s there to bridge the 2 years gap before the beginning of the book. These “past” sections are there only for the first half of the book, it’s different from the previous book where it lasted from the beginning up to the end and honestly speaking, I prefer it to last all the way since it worked so well before. However, the entire “Reminiscent” sections explored how Locke deals with the aftermath of Camorr and how he’ll set up their plan for the biggest heist of their career, which remained captivating as always.The most enthralling part of the book for me will have to be the questions “How the hell will they get out of this situation?” & “How will they execute their schemes?” that were present through the entire plot line. It’s ingenious how Scott Lynch implemented the lies, heist, all the moving parts and schemes after schemes filled with humorous, crude yet eloquent dialogues which I can’t ever seem to get enough of.“Any man can fart in a closed room and say that he commands the wind”Imagine what Kvothe the Arcane would say to that? Locke would probably fart and said he knows The Name of the Wind if they ever met.All the parts I discussed just now are more or less the same as the greatness we received in The Lies of Locke Lamora and so come up the question: “what makes this book so different from its predecessor?” Pirates, the last half of the book took on a completely different atmosphere with its seafaring, piracy, and naval warfare. Don’t get me wrong, despite being on a ship most of the time, there are still a lot of lies and schemes going on and I admit, I’m not too fond of being in the sea too long since there’s nothing to look at in the world-building during this duration other than, you know, the sea. However, Scott Lynch managed to make it so fun to read with the never-ending problems that arise the longer the Gentleman Bastards are there. Plus, the amount and quality of the actions piece in this book are superior to the previous book in my opinion. Thrilling actions during the naval warfare and great climax scenes are all there and they, in my opinion, killed the boredom that should’ve been caused by the setting completely.Picture: Locke Lamora in Red Seas Under Red Skies (Chinese edition cover)Now, let’s talk about the best part of the book, the characters. With the second book finished, let’s just say Locke and Jean has become one of my favorite book duo/bromance of all time. Their friendship, loyalty, banter is without a doubt the best part of the book or maybe the series itself for me, even more than the schemes and heists. Their banter and interaction completely give life to the book.Whether it’s the humorous interactions,“Worst of all, the inner vault is guarded by a live dragon, attended by fifty naked women armed with poisoned spears, each of them sworn to die in Requin's service. All redheads." "You're just making that up, Jean.”Or the heartwarming one.“I want to hug you. And I want to tear your gods-damned head off. Both at once.""Ah, near as I can tell, that’s the definition of 'family' right there.”The Gentleman Bastards aside, all the other characters are replaced with a completely new cast of characters. This doesn’t mean that the new characters are poorly written though, Zamira Drakasha and Ezri Delmastro are both a fantastic addition to the story with them being the strong and compelling female characters which the first book don’t really have.Slightly third person omniscient, the writing is the same as before and honestly speaking, an omniscient narrative is actually my least preferences of narrative but ever since the first book, Scott Lynch managed to do it without losing any of the characters personality through the abundance fantastic dialogues. Sadly, this brought me up to the same minor problem I had with the first book. By doing this kind of narrative, the world-building sections are can get really info-dumpy at times. This is especially true during the first half of the book where the explanation lasted much more than necessary and it’s really hard for me to pay attention during these parts. Luckily, again, it doesn’t diminish my overall experience too much but it’s still a minor problem I have with the series and why I didn’t rate it a full 5 stars.Overall, Red Seas Under Red Skies once again proved Scott Lynch’s capability in writing a great book with unique high fantasy story, compelling main characters and beautiful settings. It’s another must-have addition to the Gentleman Bastard Sequence series and in my opinion, equally great with the first book. I know it’s been almost 10 years since the release of this book but hey, better late than never right? So chop-chop for those of you who haven’t started yet, time to read this series!I highly recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a unique high fantasy full of swashbuckling, friendship, hilarious and captivating dialogues, heart-wrenching and thrilling moments yet at the same time remaining highly fun and enjoyable to read.You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at Booknest

  • ☽Luna☾
    2019-05-25 10:58

    5/5“Who’s the biggest, meanest motherfucker here? Who’s the best bruiser in the Brass Coves?” Buddy read with my fellow ship mates Petrik & Celeste.THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! Seriously, it was incredible. I can't even explain how happy I was to be back in this world. I went into this book with lowish expectations because, I heard it was the weakest in the trilogy. However for me that wasn't the case, this book was as good as The Lies of Locke Lamorr, honestly I can't decide if I like this one or the first one better, so I'm going to say they are both equally amazing. I found the writing this time around to be much easier to follow and still love the way the chapters are set, past and present. BUT I still hated the long arse descriptions that go on and on, the world building is wonderful however I found the descriptions to be over kill. The action in this one doesn't stop, its like a horrible roller coaster that your not allowed to get off, instead of vomiting, I came close to having a heart attack..On more then one occasion, I found myself talking to the book, begging for my favourite bromance ever to stay safe & friends, I even cried. Like there was some really heartbreaking parts in this book. The pain Locke & Jean felt at the start, the strain on their friendship & most importantly the death of my ultimate ship. The pain in my heart, was also real.I must also admit, it definitely wasn't as fun to read as the first. This book is a lot darker then the first and has a lot of heartbreak and anguish. It was less humorous then the first but definitely wasn't lacking for banter and still had some really funny moments. It also had a ROMANCE, Yay. I totally love romance in stories, only when the romance isn't the main focus. It had me feeling all gooey inside. I just loved everything about this book.“Pretend I’m a barrel, then.”“Barrels don’t have br—”“So I’ve heard. Find the nerve, ___.”“You want me to pretend that you’re a barrel so I can tell you what I was telling barrels back when I was pretending they were you.”“Precisely.”Only one word to describe this book and that's BADASS. As you all know I love criminals, deceit, backstabbing, bromance, swearing (my inner hillbilly loves all the swearing), thievery & tough people. Well folks this book has all of the above, like could this series actually be the bible of badassery? Truth be honest, it is the holy grail of badassery & I'm currently making a temple to worship the thirteenth god, the Crooked Warden. I swear this book was written for me. We were made for each other. It was even educational. I learnt a lot from this book, it taught me how to lie, steal, cheat, the fact that you must take cats to sea for luck, to kill people & also this new insult “I’ll fuckin’ kill you later, you cabbage-brained pig-rapist!”The story is a continuation of book one after Locke & Jean escape from Camorr. This time around we have two broken men, who are trying to get established in the underworld in a new city. The job itself is to steal something precious from the Spinspire casino. I found the plot in this book more complex then book one, there was a quote in the book that describes it perfectly; “This web of lies was growing so convoluted, so branching, and so delicate that a moth’s fart might knock it to pieces—”The lies that Locke & Jean weave are so complex, I have no idea how Scott thought of half the stuff that happens in the book, some of the situations the bastards got out of or should I say lied themselves out of were so insane. This book was full of heisty goodness, it was like Oceans Eleven only with PIRATES! Did I just say pirates? Yes I fucking did. I don't know about you, but Pirates are my favourite criminals ever, so I was an extremely happy camper while reading this book. I found the pirate terminology easy to follow because well let's face it, I'm a pirate and fluent in pirate language. I also didn't know pirates loved cats?! I AM THE CRAZY CAT LADY so I loved all the mewing and pawing around. So much cat talk. I'm in cat heaven. “"We must have cats. A basket of cats, for the Red Messenger. We need what luck we can steal. All gods as your witness, you must not fail to have cats at that ship before we put to sea.”But I'm faced with a new issue & it was worst then all the heartbreak.. I can't pick a favourite character and I always need a favourite. Im indecisive on who I like more, I love them both for different reason, Jean because his the toughest motherfucker ever, “I’m the meanest motherfucker here. I’m the biggest bruiser in the Brass Coves.”. But then I also love Locke because his a clever, little crafty bastard & the best thief ever "You snake-souled, dirty-minded son of a bitch! I hope a shark tries to suck your cock!”. So I've decided they can both join my harem. I truly adore Locke & Jean, they're bromance is amazing, honestly the best bromance ever & their banter is something else, the sass is so strong with these two perfect thieves. If I could have two book best friends id choose Locke & Jean, hands down.fanart by Tolmancotton.Can this series be made into a movie now? Please. My action loving self is craving to see my bastards kick arse on screen.“Surely you boys can do simple sums,” he said. “One plus one equals don’t fuck with me.”I'd recommend this to all fantasy lovers 15+. I also think this series would be a great introduction for someone wanting to read adult fantasy. Ps. Currently training to be a gentleman bastard. See all you suckers when I'm snatching your purse.Here's some cat quotes from the book that gave me the giggles;"but you’d better pray in your cabin tonight for one thing.”“What’s that?”“Cats falling from the bloody sky. -OF COURSE, no convenient rain of screeching felines was forthcoming that night,” I wish this every night aswell"But…can you imagine those poor bastards grappling their prey, leaping over the rails, swords in hand, screaming, ‘Your cats! Give us all your gods-damned cats!’”

  • James LafayetteTivendale
    2019-05-22 15:55

    I probably enjoyed this book more than the first of the Gentleman Bastard sequence. It starts as fast paced as the previous book ended with Locke & Jean already knee deep in a con involving this worlds equivalent of a Casino known as the Sinspire. The start of the novel flips between this section and also what the characters have been up to since they sailed away from Camorr at the end of book 1. This section showcases a cool transition period which shows the Gentleman Bastard's as less than their elegant best including an alcoholic Locke!!After the first 200 pages or so - things get very complicated. Locke and Jean playing 3-4 personas depending on who they are talking too. This tale is mixed with poison, trying to rob a vault at the casino, pretending to be pirates, love, and quite a few deaths again.There are a lot more characters in this book than the first that I cared about. So much going on including the divisions of pirates, mages still after Locke & Jean, assassination attempts etc... As I mentioned this is very fast paced and I think the human qualities of the main characters shine - they are not superheroes and are just likely to make mistakes during the long cons. Also - Jean and Locke have the best bromance ever! Can't wait for the next book. James xPs. I am pretty sure I got lucky and bought the first edition of this book for £1.00 from a charity shop! Woop. x

  • Kelly
    2019-06-14 11:49

    Although I was prepared to bite my thumb at anyone who had a problem with this book up to about 200 pages in, over the course of the 500 pages after that, I began to slowly, reluctantly and finally in complete exasperation, change my mind.Scott Lynch begins his novel at the same level of quality as his fabulous first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora. His characters are dealing with the events of the previous novel, in a mostly believable fashion, in a believable time period- its kept from becoming episodic, or his characters from seeming hollow. I very much enjoyed the first 200 pages as they both try to move on and deal with the past- and the explanation of how they got where they are when the novel opens- two years on from the events of Lies. A+ character development, A+ banter, A+ action sequences, A+ for inventiveness, loved the relationship between Locke and Jean, and it had mostly well done plot development, as Locke and Jean embroil themselves in yet another high flying Oceans Eleven style con.However. And this is a big however- it felt like Scott Lynch suddenly changed his mind completely about what he wanted to write, and had a big Screw It moment, and decided to be completely self-indulgent. Which I'm sure was a lot of fun for him, but for the reader, it is a very confusing, ridiculous sharp disappointment. Somewhere along the way, he decided he wanted to write Pirates of the Carribean fanfiction, stealing plot details (which kind of sucked even in the movies), settings, near direct quotes, and even little moments of action in battle sequences. His other influences were starkly obvious as well- there were strong, strong nods to The Princess Bride, moments out of the movie they made of Zorro, even. His characters fell victim to the most overdone of fantasy genre stereotypes (the fact that they didn't do this was one of my favorite parts of the first book), his plot was increasingly unlikely, and also became a ridiculous soap opera, and the quality of his writing went from laugh out loud to roll my eyes so loud you can hear me across the room. I also felt that this book got incredibly preachy at points- which is kind of a killjoy for a novel that has two thieves for heroes. Lynch decided that he needed to push some kind of Robin Hood, working class agenda to make his heroes seem morally superior to everyone else. Nobody is reading this book for justice for the lower classes, Lynch.It wasn't all bad- I appreciated the Lynch inserts women into professions all throughout his world mostly without preachy comment, I liked the character of the pirate Zamira, I enjoyed that Jean (who is still mostly wonderful) got his own independent storyline, I enjoyed how good his descriptive powers can be, and like I said, I enjoyed the first 200 pages.But come on, this could have been much better.

  • Matthew
    2019-06-03 08:03

    This book is 1/3 this:And 2/3 this:Quite a fantastic and epic story! A casino caper and a swashbuckling adventure combining action, deception, romance, and humor - this book has it all. Very well written. Even with the length of the story, I never felt that it had gone on too long. Definitely no filler.This is a sequel and I think I like it better than the first. That is saying a lot because the first was great! In this case, I will say something I don't usually say - I think you could read this one without reading the first and be just fine. While they do bring up some events from the first book, the author does a great job making this book it's own.So, do you like epic awesomeness? Crossbow battles? Death by poison? Wild pirate sex? Baskets full of cats? Then look no further!That's right, I said BASKETS FULL OF CATS!

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-05-23 14:10

    Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly, FitzChivalry Farseer and The Fool, Locke Lamora and Jean Tammen: eight men of fantasy who without their counterpart would be nothing. Indeed, without Jean at his back Locke Lamora would have no chance of success. Both men provide the other with what he lacks, and together that make a deadly, silver tongued, thieving duo that are best summed up with one word: awesome.Another deadly scheme It was a big surprise, to me, that in the prologue Jean betrays Locke. It’s obviously not real, and there’s obviously a reason for the farce; it is, no doubt, a charade for the benefit of their mark. But, either way, it made me storm through the book to discover exactly why it had happened. This was a bit of an underhanded move to those that the trick was played on, me included. This was because it made me rush through the book to find out what this event was. So, it worked quite well and gave me a strong reason to read this book even if I felt a little duped. Indeed, the plot of this book is fast, exciting and at times hilarious. I’m not quite sure how the duo manages to pull it all off. I mean they juggle a casino heist at the same time as being manipulated by a devious Archon; then to top it off they even find time in the middle for a pirate adventure. It’s quite remarkable really because just when you think their luck has run out they seem to conjure up an incredibly clever, and improvised, plan to save their hides. This time it is in the form of a journey on the high seas. These two are literally two of the most scheming, ingenious, bastards that ever existed; they are the definition of lovable rogues.A clever partnership They know each other so well, and only because of this do they manage to defeat the odds time and time again. They have secret hand gestures and code words so they can tell the others motives in sticky situations. Locke provides the ability to worm himself out of any trap and Jean provides the muscle along with a morale thievish code. Together they are brilliant, apart they are vulnerable. Their history together keeps them alive and allows for the most brilliant of plans that develop into an intricate plot. “When you can't cheat the game, you'd best find a means to cheat the players.”I do think the author’s writing has improved in this novel. He still uses the same eloquent descriptions, but the superfluous and convoluted information about the scenery are kept to a minimum. In the previous book it felt he’d spent paragraphs describing inanimate objects and irrelevant places; I was glad to see a more concise approach to his writing. I think he has got the balance just right in this novel and I can easily see this developing into a really strong series. I can’t wait to see where the author takes this in the future.Gentleman Bastard Sequence 1. The Lies of Locke Lamora- A good solid 3.5 stars2. Red Seas Under Red Skies- A thieving 4 stars

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-05-18 12:17

    I DON'T EVEN HAVE WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I ABSOLUTELY ENTIRELY COMPLETELY ADORE THIS SERIES. There are books that I love in this universe. And then there are books that I really really really really really really really really really really really really love. THIS SERIES IS THE LATTER. I mean, I do think The Lies of Locke Lamora was better. But this still had everything I absolutely demand of a book and of a sequel.Stop being so PERFECT, Gentlemen Bastards. My heart cannot handle.(Also it's so hard to review books you adore to pieces?!?! Like what can I even SAY except for "I loved this so freaktastically much" and "go read it now or I will devour you with hummus and crackers" or "this series is more perfect than the sun and I will marry it at dawn". How do I do words????)I don't want to give too much of the story away: but it is a quite different style of heist to the first book. But in a GOOD way. It was fresh, but it still had so many of the con tricks that I'm here for. It steal features our dear Gentelmen Bastards going after a Big Nice Haul. Although this time they get caught up in political parties that want (A) them to work for them, (B) or they'll die, and (C) everyone is playing off against everyone else and IT'S A BRILLIANT TANGLED WEB OF LIES. So so so many lies going on. Locke and Jean are using SO many identities in this book it's brilliant and also exhausting.Plus: PIRATES!!! Can I some up my love for pirates??? NOT UNLESS I USE ALL CAPS AND MANY !!! EXCLAMATION !!!! POINTS!!! And better yet: there are fearsome lady pirates. And cute cats. And sea fights. And epicness. (This doesn't come in until about 50% through but it was the highlight of my life.)SMALL LIST OF OTHER AWESOME THINGS THIS BOOK CONTAINS:• plot twists that will knock your socks off• devastation• hurting of your soul and heart and left elbow• obsession (me) to this series (surely healthy)• very very very clever plot lines• a huge barrel of characters• excellent writing where the pacing is constantly perfect• so much sass• Locke getting smacked in the head repeatedly because he likes sass• abseiling• horribly unfortunate events• poison• epic badass women• epic badass POC women pirates• actually fantasy worlds without sexism???• a very cute kitten Locke is NOT getting fond of (but yet he is)• an epic friendship between Locke and Jean that is not only goals but also THE MOST FABULOUS AND AMAZING AND HEARTFELT THING OF EVER• they love each other and also want to kill each other #family• although lowkey think that Locke is gay but whatever• ships SHIIIIPS SHIPPPPS!!! The pirate kind and also the cute romance kind• death• murder• bleeding• swearing• punching• sass• pirates• plot twists that not only hURT but RUIN MY LIFEFYI I am NOT okay with how it ended. So unokay I could cry?!?!?? But lucky for me I have book 3 already ready on my ipod to devour the audio at dawn. But then I have to wait for APRIL!?!??!? for the next one and I'm unokay. Very unokay. ALL THE UNOKAY. This book excels at breaking its readers into a thousand bits and then laughing. Although there is one person who dies who I KNEW was going to die. It still broke my heart? But I called it.And there are a LOT of characters here. I may or may not have gotten confused a few times.But otherwise it was flawless and perfect and SASSY and so so clever. I can't even get over how clever the plots are??!??! And how much I absolutely adore Locke. He must be my favourite character of ever. How can someone even be so witty and intelligent and clever and yet make the worst mistakes of ever ALL THE TIME?? Bless you Locke. Please keep stealing the world. I need this.#NewFavouriteSeriesOfEver#AlsoHelpMeImCryingWhatWasThatEnding

  • Celeste
    2019-06-13 09:13

    Full review now posted!This review and more can be found on Booknest.A buddy read with my loves: Petrik and Sarah.In my humble opinion, pirates make everything better. When I was six or seven, my favorite Saturday-morning cartoon was Pirates of the Dark Waters. (Which so didn’t age well, but nostalgia covers a multitude of sins.) In junior high, I went through a phase where I researched every famous pirate I knew of, just because I found them fascinating. I’ve loved every single one of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including those that some people considered flops. I had a poster of Jack Sparrow over my bed in high school, but that wasn’t because I loved pirates; that was because I had the hots for Johnny Depp in eyeliner. Anyway, moving on!Fantasy is my favorite literary genre, but I’ve always found it sadly lacking in pirates. Yes, I know there are a few wonderful exceptions. But all in all, pirates are scarce in fantasy. So imagine my delight when the sequel to one of my favorite fantasy novels, The Lies of Locke Lamora, featured a heavy dose of piracy! And the aspects of piracy, from the hierarchy and camaraderie between the crew to the way battle is waged on the open sea to the ships themselves, were presented in such a captivating way that I could feel the wind against my cheek and smell the salt in the air. Just based on that fact alone, this book would have made me happy. But there was so much more to love here.As in Lies, the character development is incredible. Even supporting characters who only appear in a scene or two feel like real people. Main supporting characters are even more realistic, inspiring a plethora of emotions in readers. But then there’s Locke and Jean. This is the best friendship I’ve read in any book, it truly is. And I don’t say that lightly. There are other literary friendships that I adore, and that mean a lot to me. Sherlock and Watson, Harry and Ron and Hermione, Legolas and Gimli, Wax and Wayne, and so many more just pale in comparison to Locke and Jean; at least, they do for me. Lynch’s descriptive powers are phenomenal. Just as I grew to love Camorr, dark side and all, I grew to love and hate Tal Verrar, and would envision its streets and docks and Sinspire just as well as I could Camorr’s canals and temples. In both books, the cities themselves played a large part in the cons Locke and Jean planned. The cons themselves, and the way bits and pieces of them are revealed throughout the story, are always a pleasure to read. Never in my life have chairs inspired so much curiosity in me. Something else I really loved: there’s not even a hint of sexism in Lynch’s writing, which is refreshing in fantasy. Modern fantasy writers are getting much better at portraying female characters as women instead of props, but Lynch is one of the best I’ve ever read in this regard. His women are real. And women populate every profession in the books with equality to their male counterparts. Women are guards and soldiers and pirate captains, and I love how no one ever questions a woman’s ability to fight as well as any man. There is romance in this story, romance that will make your heart bleed and your teeth ache with the sweetness of it. There are triumphs and betrayals and plots within plots. More than any other fantasy I’ve read, the first two Gentleman Bastards books have shocked me and inflicted severe emotional trauma. But they are also among the funniest books I’ve ever read. The dialogue is second to none. Some of the funniest lines I’ve read in my entire life came from the pen of Lynch. Here are just a few lines from the numerous that I highlighted in this book:“Any man can fart in a closed room and say that he commands the wind."“Maxilan, darling." Locke raised one eyebrow and smiled. "I knew you were driven, but I had no idea you could smoulder. Come, take me now! Jean won't mind; he'll avert his eyes like a gentleman.”“You’re ten pints of crazy in a one-pint glass.” “You needed a bath," Jean interrupted. "You were covered in self-pity.”“You'd have to take your shoes and breeches off to count to twenty-one!” There are many, MANY more, but I feel that I can’t repeat them in polite company. (That last one I probably shouldn’t have included either, but it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever read and I couldn’t help myself!) Which means you’ll just have to pick up the book to read the best lines! If you do, I promise you’ll find one of the funniest, most heart-wrenching books you’ll ever read. This is a series well worth reading. I’ll leave you with a quote from Jean, about what it means to be a thief:“Look for us in history books and you’ll find us in the margins. Look for us in legends, and you might just find us celebrated.”

  • Ginger
    2019-06-11 10:00

    Welp, seldom has a book made me waver on how much I felt about it. I definitely went into this sequel with high hopes because I loved The Lies of Locke Lamora!At the beginning of the book, Red Seas Under Red Skies seemed to be heading in the same way. And then it got weighed down. I like when a book has tons of twists and plots so I stayed with the course. But there were sections that got tedious and I struggled, especially with the nautical information that Jean and Locke had to learn. Also, the details of the double crossing and all the players in the story took a bit to get into as well.But then half way in the middle of the book, the sun rose and all the tedious details gave to the real story! Argh matey, they be pirates! And it was awesome!Once Lynch had everything in place, it came together for a fun and exciting adventure on the high seas. The new characters worked so well with the Gentlemen Bastards and I fell in love with them all. Pirates, some romance, adventure, an epic battle, a tragic death, and some double crossing, this book as you can see has it all for an epic fantasy.The buildup took too long to get to in this book and the details were a bit tedious, so that’s why I have to give this 4 stars instead of 5. But overall, a fantastic sequel!Oh yeah, that cliffhanger at the end?! Gah! You are fucking brilliant Lynch because I have to read the next book in the series. Bravo you crafty bastard.

  • Natalie Monroe
    2019-05-17 16:10

    EDIT 22/1/2017: Saw Scott Lynch's reply to a reader who complained that a black, middle-aged badass pirate mom was "unrealistic" and now I love this series more than ever (Underlined parts are the criticism):Third your characters are unrealistic stereotpyes of political correctness. Is it really necessary for the sake of popular sensibilities to have in a fantasy what we have in the real world? I read fantasy to get away from politically correct cliches.God, yes! If there's one thing fantasy is just crawling with these days it's widowed black middle-aged pirate moms.Real sea pirates could not be controlled by women, they were vicous rapits and murderers and I am sorry to say it was a man's world. It is unrealistic wish fulfilment for you and your readers to have so many female pirates, especially if you want to be politically correct about it!First, I will pretend that your last sentence makes sense because it will save us all time. Second, now you're pissing me off.You know what? Yeah, Zamira Drakasha, middle-aged pirate mother of two, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy. I realized this as she was evolving on the page, and you know what? I fucking embrace it.Why shouldn't middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does. H.L. Mencken once wrote that "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." I can't think of anyone to whom that applies more than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, with the incredible demands on time and spirit they face in their efforts to raise their kids, preserve their families, and save their own identity/sanity into the bargain.Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some fucking heads and sail off into the sunset with her toddlers in her arms and a hold full of plundered goods, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy from hell. I offer her up on a silver platter with a fucking bow on top; I hope she amuses and delights. In my fictional world, opportunities for butt-kicking do not cease merely because one isn't a beautiful teenager or a muscle-wrapped font of testosterone. In my fictional universe, the main characters are a fat ugly guy and a skinny forgettable guy, with a supporting cast that includes "SBF, 41, nonsmoker, 2 children, buccaneer of no fixed abode, seeks unescorted merchant for light boarding, heavy plunder."You don't like it? Don't buy my books. Get your own fictional universe. Your cabbage-water vision of worldbuilding bores me to tears.As for the "man's world" thing, religious sentiments and gender prejudices flow differently in this fictional world. Women are regarded as luckier, better sailors than men. It's regarded as folly for a ship to put to sea without at least one female officer; there are several all-female naval military traditions dating back centuries, and Drakasha comes from one of them. As for claims to "realism," your complaint is of a kind with those from bigoted hand-wringers who whine that women can't possibly fly combat aircraft, command naval vessels, serve in infantry actions, work as firefighters, police officers, etc. despite the fact that they do all of those things-- and are, for a certainty, doing them all somewhere at this very minute. Tell me that a fit fortyish woman with 25+ years of experience at sea and several decades of live bladefighting practice under her belt isn't a threat when she runs across the deck toward you, and I'll tell you something in return-- you're gonna die of stab wounds.What you're really complaining about isn't the fact that my fiction violates some objective "reality," but rather that it impinges upon your sad, dull little conception of how the world works. I'm not beholden to the confirmation of your prejudices; to be perfectly frank, the prospect of confining the female characters in my story to placid, helpless secondary places in the narrative is so goddamn boring that I would rather not write at all. I'm not writing history, I'm writing speculative fiction. Nobody's going to force you to buy it. Conversely, you're cracked if you think you can persuade me not to write about what amuses and excites me in deference to your vision, because your vision fucking sucks.I do not expect to change your mind but i hope that you will at least consider that I and others will not be buying your work because of these issues. I have been reading science fiction and fantasy for years and i know that I speak for a great many people. I hope you might stop to think about the sales you will lose because you want to bring your political corectness and foul language into fantasy. if we wanted those things we could go to the movies. Think about this!Thank you for your sentiments. I offer you in exchange this engraved invitation to go piss up a hill, suitable for framing.Original review:"You are thieves. I am offering you a chance to help steal history itself."How to write a badass fantasy sequel, a list:-An actual plot-Fantasy Las Vegas-Plenty of skullduggery-Witty dialogue -Stealing, catfishing, and grand heists-Bromance-More bromance-Pirates -WOMEN Pirates-A kickass new love interest -A kickass new PIRATE love interest -Silk parasols-Double-crossing-Schemes layered like cakes-Locke being awesome-Jean being awesome-Humbling Locke the way BBC Sherlock's creators never humble Sherlock-Cats (very important)"I'm not resigned, Jean. I'm angry. We need to cease being powerless as soon as possible.""Right. So where do we start?""Well, I'm going to go back to the inn. I'm going to pour a gallon of cold water down my throat. I'm going to get into bed, put a pillow over my head, and stay there until sunset.""I approve."My review of The Lies of Locke LamoraMy review of The Republic of Thieves

  • ChopinFC
    2019-06-16 08:01

    Full review…Another absolute slam dunk by Scott Lynch! Gentlemens Bastard 2 does the rare feet of improving on the original formula of the first novel!!I was so impressed and entertained after the first go round of Gentlemens Bastard, that decided to go right into the second book without pause. In the first novel, Lynch introduces us to the ‘guild of thieves’ and multiple characters including the protagonist Locke and his best bud and confidant ‘Jean’. The world building in the first book was awesome, and the city Cammor had a tinge of ‘old Venice’ interlaced with corruption, thievery contrasted by nobility of dukes and dignitaries. In the second book, Lynch takes us to a whole new ride in the large city of Tal Verrar. Locke and Jean are much more closely bonded after all the adventures and mishaps of the first novel, so it’s not surprising that the schemes and plotting are abundant from the very beginning.Lynch is an amazing character-driven writer, and he does an awesome job developing Locke and Jean. New unforgettable characters are also introduced, including new villains who want to destroy Locke and Jean at any cost! (Actually they really want to destroy Locke who pisses everyone off with his witty, sarcastic way).Lynch is damn funny and writes some really hilarious shit, the likes which almost made me piss in my pants! The dialogue between characters are simply mind-boggling!!And to no surprise, Locke wins the prize at the most memorable, funny sarcastic quotes: “ Shut up…I want you to use your misplaced acorn of a brain before the squirrel comes looking for it again..”Now, for the elephant in the room…PIRATES!! Boy, there are pirates galore in this book! Trust me, these are not the cheese type of pirates you see in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. These are BADASS mofos, rude and crass in their behavior, not afraid of a good ASSKICKING, and the occasional looting and disorderly conduct. Lynch again creates magic, in establishing a whole new ‘ecosystem’ for the book by introducing the pirates and mixing it all up with Locke and Jean! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention about the audiobook version of this book: THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION OF GENTLEMEN BASTARD 2 IS BRILLIANT IN EVERY SENSE!!The book is narrated by the talented ‘Michael Page’, a British professional actor well known for his audiobook works in over 200 titles! Mr Page has actually won a ‘AudioFile Earphones Awards’ for the narration of Locke Lamorra! I kid you not, his voice-over acting is mesmerizing… the way he switches between each character ( male and female) without dropping a note, is pitch perfect! The combination of Lynch’s witty, fast-pace dialogue and Page’s acting prowess made this audiobook a true delight to enjoy! In conclusion I endorse this book for foes and friends of all ages(ok maybe not all ages, > 18 y/o).The book is witty, has loads of R-rated humor, improves on the' bromance' between Locke and Jean and adds a whole new dimension with pirates and all baskets of fun associated with them!! Again the audiobook version is aMUST HAVE EXPERIENCE! By far the most unique, entertaining audiobook experience I’ve ever had!5 STARS!

  • Adina
    2019-06-15 11:53

    3.5*“Know something? I'd lay even odds that between the people following us and the people hunting us, we've become this city's principle means of employment. Tal Verrar's entire economy is now based on fucking with us.” The follow-up of the marvellous, funny, dark, The Lies of Locke Lamora, this novel does not manage to reach the greatness of the first volume. Still, I very much enjoyed reading about the adventures of my favourite duo of thieves, Locke and Jean. One of the reasons that I wasn't so convinced by this novel is that the action as mostly at sea and I am not so fond of sailing adventures. I do not know why but I never cared about this subject. Despite this, the author managed to capture my attention and I ended up reading with almost pleasure about the life at sea. The dialogue between Locke and Jean is the soul of the novel and the main reason I will read the next chapter in the series next year. I warmly recommend any fantasy fan to try the series. I have only a small advice: if you do not like cussing words than you should stay away from this book as they abound.

  • Dorreh
    2019-06-13 12:58

    I hope writing my review doesn't take as long as reading this did!Review coming soon........

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-05-21 16:05

    Reading with the BB&B group. I have 3 weeks to finish this so I should be okay :P... actually it took me five weeks to read it.I really enjoyed the first book in this series but Red Seas Under Red Skies was a bit meh for me.Don’t get me wrong, the dialogue between Locke and Jean is still amazing and I love the utter devotion those two have for one another. But the story was a little all over the place and I think my biggest issue is probably that the flashbacks were to a time not that long ago instead of when they were growing up gentlemen bastards. So things got a little but jumbly “Know something? I'd lay even odds that between the people following us and the people hunting us, we've become this city's principle means of employment. Tal Verrar's entire economy is now based on fucking with us.” And therein lies the problem. They aren’t between a rock and a hard place but A Rock, A hard place, A cliff and an erupting volcano. There are too many adversaries and sub plots and side scams and….well I think you get what I’m saying. I found myself getting really distracted. I’d read a little bit and then I’d wonder off into another book or three before I remembered to come back to it. It took me forever to get through the section that involved learning how to fake being a pirate.☯ The + side ☯☞ - Locke and Jean are ever entertaining. They have a great bromance and even though they have been through some tough times they are still like brothers.☞ - There are always strong women in this and I was happy to see that the pirates are equal opportunity employers and there were a fair share of deadly female pirates.☞ - The world building is really wonderful with all the alchemical concoctions and such as well as the deadly and cruel games that the nobility of different lands like to play. I will never look at a chess game in quite the same way after this.☯ The - side ☯☛ - Took way too long to get anywhere in the story. With far too many overlapping plot lines. It was a little hard to follow who was on whose side and how they were messing with Locke and Jean.☛ - There was no Sabatha. Look we didn’t really get to see her in the first book but I was thinking she is Locke’s long lost love and I keep thinking she is going to pop up sometime….but she didn’t. I wish I would have known that going into this book.☛ - The ending. Well it was unexpected that things played out like they did. I will give Scott Lynch that but idk it made most of the story seem a bit pointless to me. Overall:The writing and dialogue is really good I just don’t think I liked the story all that much. But this is maybe a story that you like better the second time you read through it since you knew where things are going.

  • Will M.
    2019-06-16 13:49

    I'm probably going to receive a lot of hate for this rating, but I'm just being honest here. I'm bold enough to give this a 3, because that's the highest it can go. The novel is not bad, but it's also not phenomenal. Am I the only one reminded of Pirates of the Caribbean while reading this? Pirates aside, it had the same vibe to it. I really liked Pirates, but just like Red Seas, both had a lot of dull moments.Red Seas would've received at least a 4 from me, if it was consistent with its amazing first few chapters. This keeps happening with Lynch, he can't seem to be consistent with his page turning chapters. I experienced the same thing with Lies, I was completely hooked, but then the middle part was just terribly boring. Nothing changed with Red Seas, unfortunately. The plot was not completely boring, but also not as interesting as I wanted it to be. The ending was phenomenal, but majority of the novel was really dragging.This is not one of those Fantasy novels with a secret that you would only find out after reading the novel. This is one of those adventure types that would reveal the outcome of the mission in the end. I like those kinds of novels, but this one wasn't that gripping. I'm not entirely sure what went wrong, but the plot could've been better. I'm really hoping the next novel wouldn't be that boring. I didn't hate this book, in fact, I'm planning to read the sequel right away. This one just didn't have that something that would keep me at my seat and fascinate me. I didn't hate the novel while reading this, but boredom was really evident. Despite the boredom, I think I can still recommend this to fantasy readers. It's quite different to the mainstream ones, plot wise. The characters are also really great. Locke and Jean are a dynamic duo that makes you want to know what would happen to them. The plot may had been boring, but the characters were unbelievably spot on.To wrap things up, this is not the best fantasy novel out there, but it's still worth giving a try. This probably suffered the second book syndrome, but I guess it's not all because of that considering I had the same problems with the first novel. May the third be better, because I really like the characters a lot. Not so gripping yet still something to consider reading. Read at your own risk though, because this is not a short read. Despite the boredom though, I'm not sure how I finished this in less than 2 days.

  • mark monday
    2019-05-20 16:09

    Happy New Year to you all! it certainly has been some kind of a year. and Happy New Year to Locke and Jean too, or rather, Happy New Life! the thrilling but often horrible and tragic events in their preceding book together certainly warrant some kind of hopeful message.for the most part they get over it. Lies of Locke Lamora was mainly a whole lot of fun, but the terrible deaths that occurred were genuinely upsetting, and I appreciated how Lynch didn't just rush past the trauma that Jean and especially Locke experience after losing so much. I appreciated Lynch's compassion and sincerity, doled out in advance of and in between all of the fun and excitement.Red Seas is a worthy follow-up book in many ways. the odd science fantasy of this series still intrigues, the adventures are still rousing, the mysteries are still compelling, and the dialogue still snaps, crackles, and pops. Lynch is a brash but also warmly humane writer who loves his characters deeply but doesn't love them in a way that overlooks their flaws. he's not blinded by the sparkle of his creations. somehow Lynch is one of those authors whose writing makes me like him as a person, as a human being. I have no clue about who the man is, but I still just really appreciate him. that said, there is a deep flaw in Red Seas: its structure. the novel starts off as a retread of the previous novel by placing the reader right in the middle of one of Locke's new schemes and the subsequent complications (namely, another complex and amusing heist that gets taken over by darker schemes from darker characters). from the title, I expected a pirate adventure and was a wee bit disappointed. still, Lynch creates an entirely new society and although I was taken aback at how instantly familiar the scenario itself was, I was enchanted by this new country. he's an expert world builder. but halfway through the novel, that storyline is shunted to the side and then Pirate Adventures finally ensue. and then in the last few chapters, it is back to the original plotline. everything is enjoyably resolved, but those last chapters felt sadly rushed. and at that point I wanted more Pirate Adventure! which is clearly what Lynch himself wanted to write about. the central section is the heart and soul of the novel. I loved it completely. I just thought it was remarkably clumsy how we got to there and how we left as well - it starts off as a side trip and then becomes the actual adventure. it took me a bit of time to get into it because although it is exactly what I wanted to read when I first picked up the book, I immediately felt impatience when I realized the story of heists and double crosses was being temporarily abandoned. all in all, what Red Seas Under Red Skies lacks the most is flow. its narrative was herky-jerky.I hate that my longest paragraph in this review is basically a bitch session. well, I guess that explains the 3 rather than 4 stars. but overall I quite liked this and would certainly recommend it. I wish I could make this paragraph longer!the MVP of the tale is the pirate Captain Drakasha, who also happens to be no-nonsense ex-military, someone possessed of a surprising sense of humor, and... a single black mother of two. because why? because why not! I'm mixed-race and although I don't seek out books for racial diversity in their characters, it always makes me happy to see more people who look like me in the books I read, and I'm always delighted when it happens in a way that doesn't feel like tokenism. Drakasha was an amazingly unexpected creation to find in a story about fantastical pirate adventures on the high seas. she is fun and original and, best of all, deeply characterized. just a real pleasure to be around. I wanted much more of her and that's a great feeling to have about any character.at the end of the book, after all of the adventure and even more tragedy, friends sit down to have a drink, try to forget about the year they just had, and temporarily put on hold the foreboding they have for what may lie ahead. and I'm going to do the same in matter of minutes. cheers! I hope your 2017 is a good year.

  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-05-29 13:48

    2.5 Stars | Pales in comparison to the first book. Scott Lynch has once again created witty, engaging dialogue. The dialogue was a primary factor in my not giving up on this novel. The first half felt slow, filled with long descriptions that more or less proved irrelevant. At the midpoint, my attention was finally captured, and the book remained worthy of three stars for the third quarter of the novel. However, by the fourth quarter of the book, the ever-shifting use of names (one alias atop another, or using a character's first name then inexplicably shifting to use of a character's last name) muddled the story. The ending left much to be desired; the story fizzled to an unsatisyfing conclusion.

  • Molly
    2019-05-29 15:52

    Rating? 4 cats ready to sail , ...almost five, but because of a few thingsLocke Lamora and Jean Tannen, are back in business .... there's not greater fun for them then to unburden rich people of their heavy purses. Bigger the challenge, greater the fun, as always with the Gentlemen Bastards . Their next target, the famous Tal Verrar gambling house, The Sinspire. After two years of careful planning and preparing the field, it's almost time to reap the benefits. Everything is going smoothly when (again) new players enter the game. The Bondsmagi are after them to avenge The Falconer, and Stragos, the archon of Tal Verrar finds a way to coerce them to do his bidding. Soon they find themselves on a mission they cannot refuse, across the Sea of Brass, towards the Ghostwind Isles, Port Prodigal ... impersonating pirates, without almost knowing squat about ships or sailing. And of course, things can always get worse"That vessel... came round on a starboard tack and began to bear down in the general direction of Locke and Jean—an ominous monster toying with its next tiny meal. “I think this might be one of those ‘good news, bad news,’ situations,” said Jean, cracking his knuckles. “We may need to ready ourselves to repel boarders.” “With what? One stiletto and hurtful insinuations about their mothers?”Naturally, they don't want to give up their original plan ... so they try to juggle their Sinspire heist, their forced mission on the Sea of Brass (Pirates! Pirates, everywhere!), and the "simple" task of keeping themselves alive against enemies known and unknown ... Is everyone trying to kill them?“ This web of lies was growing so convoluted, so branching, and so delicate that a moth’s fart might knock it to pieces”So, here we go ... a great casino heist, the Bondsmagi (they are hard to shake off), Tal Verrar's power struggles between the Archon and the Priori, the merchant council (with Jean and Locke being hit from every side), some dangerous tension between our two friends , romance (for Jean) , feisty pirate ladies and a hard learned lesson, ... if you want your ship free of bad luck, what you need is ...“When you go to sea, there’s two necessities, for luck. First, you’re courting an awful fate if you take a ship to sea without at least one woman officer. “Second, it’s powerful bad luck to put out without cats on board. Iono admires the little fuckers. Got a ship with women and cats aboard, you’ll have the finest luck you can hope for."I had great fun reading this book. Why four stars then? Well, I'll put it out there. Red Seas Under Red Skies was a great book, but unfortunately not as good as the first one. I think for one, I preferred Camorr as setting. Also, the first novel's last chapters had a more punch-in-the gut effect. Here our heroes, yes, have danger dangling over their heads almost from the first page to the last ... plus, there's a death of a important character ... I should have cared for her maybe, but I didn't .... and the ending this time was pretty predictable.(view spoiler)[The paintings (the moment it was clear they were after them), it was clear they'll end being replicas. When Locke took that vial for safekeeping I knew he would slip it to Jean. (hide spoiler)] The only thing that I predicted ... and that came true ... and I didn't mind, was that Locke did get attached to Regal (loved the wet-nosed kitten).Favorite characters: Selendri, Zamira Drakasha (Ezri was OK, I guess), Requin ( he's a baddie, kind of...but a cool one) and Caldris (loved the gruff bastard with his crash course about sailing).Favorite one-chapter side characters: Trav, the worst highwayman under the sun.....and Azura Gallardine, and her way of disposing of unwanted visitors to her house perched at the far end of the glass pylon.The fist pump moment ... when they sacked Salon Corbeau (the bastards had it coming).I snickered the most ... at Locke's cat problems.The scene/moment/passage I loved the most ... “Four arms flew out; four men standing close enough to hold hands drew on their targets. Four fingers quivered, each separated from their triggers by no more than the width of a single droplet of sweat.”I don't know maybe if I didn't read The Lies of Locke Lamora so recently, maybe I would have appreciated this one better. As it is .... rating, 4 stars. From what I read, The Republic of Thieves should be great fun, with some characters from the first book. Soon, very soon.“I swear, Je…Jerome, the next person who tells me something like, ‘Squiggle-fuck the rightwise cock-swatter with a starboard jib’ is going to get a knife in the throat. Even if it’s Caldris. 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  • Kübra Yağmur
    2019-06-03 14:13

    LANET OLSUN SCOTT LYNCH!MADRABAZ BEKÇİ BELANI VERSİN!IANO YUTSUN SENİ!SALON GEÇİDİ’NDE BAŞINA GELEYEN KALMASIN EMİ!⬇ Aşağısı spoiler dolu, ona göre şedin derim ben. ⬇(view spoiler)[Yorumumu sakinleşince yapacağımı demiştim ama öyle bir şey yakın gelecekte pek mümkün görünmüyor sanırım.“Seni piç!” diye kükredi Jean, ayağa fırlayarak.“Onun doğrusu Centilmen Piç.“Seni gidi sefil oruspu çocuğu!”Canım Buddy Readlerim, bata çıka, yeri geldiğinde bağıra çağıra okuduğum kitapta bana eşlik eden ve dayanma gücü veren canım @Filiz ablam ve Münü’m @Münevver’e teşekkür ederim. Çok keyifli bir serüvendi. Bu kitabı birlikte okuduk ve serinin devamı içinde aynı şeyi düşünüyoruz.Artık Locke ve Jean’in maceralarına, dalaverelerine ve başlarına sardıkları belalara sizsiz devam edemem, aldığım tat aynı olmaz.… “Beni bu kadar iyi tanıyorken şarabını benim doldurmama izin vermen oldukça şaşırttı doğrusu.” Kitapla ilgili yaşadığım olumsuzluklar namına bir sürü şey sıralayabilirim ama hiç objektif değilim. Olamıyorum. Olabileceğime de ihtimal vermiyorum. Okuduğum kitaplara yıldızları içimde kopardıkları fırtınalara göre verdiğim için Goodreads’in beş yıldız üzerinden değerlendirme sistemini dahi yetersiz buluyorum. Gönlümdeki tüm yıldızları buraya yapıştırasım var ama konuşmak istediğimde bir dolu şey var. Kitabın ilk kısmı hem benim hem de BR’lerim için biraz sürünmeceyle geçti. Şu şu beni bunalttı diyemem. Sadece kitabın açılması, ilk kitaptaki gibi beni hop oturup hop kaldıran anlar yaşatması geç oldu. İkinci kısım, denizler ise apayrı bir maceraydı. Jean iç geçirdi. “Sence karayı bir daha görebilecek miyiz?”“Niyetimin o olduğu kesin,” karşılığını verdi Locke. “Kızdıracak korsanlarımız, ayarlanacak muzaffer bir dönüşümüz, mahcup edeceğimiz bir Strgosumuz, bulunacak panzehirimiz ve donuna kadar soyacağımız bir Requinimiz var. Denizde iki ay geçirirsem belki tüm bunları nasıl yapacağımıza dair bir fikir edinirim.”İlk kısımda, Hatıratlar beni kitaba bağlayan yerlerdi. Calo, Galdo ve Böcek’in kaybının ardından olanları, ana akıştan ise iki yıl öncesini anlatıyordu. Onların ölümü beni ilk kitapta kahretmişti. Dolayısıyla iki dostun hislerini derinden paylaşıyordum ama Locke’nin o dönüştüğü bedbaht, pislik hallerinden nefret ettim.Jean’e karşı takındığı tavır ise tam dayaklıktı. Tabii ben kıyamıyorum kendisine ama orayı karıştırmayalım, olur mu?Sanki arkadaşlarını kaybeden tek kendisiymiş gibi davranarak Jean’e hem haksızlık etti hem de onun yas tutma hakkını gasp etti diye düşünüyorum.Bir de yavrum, adam senin hayattaki tek yakının, niye böyle kendinden uzaklaştırmaya çalışıyorsun? Neyse ki Jean onu bir güzel silkeledi ve biz bu maceraya nasıl atıldığımızın ayrıntılarını yavaş yavaş öğrendik.İkinci kısma gelecek olursam, bu kısmı gerçekten sevdim. Hele hele ilk kısmın üzerimde bıraktığı etkinin ardından canla başla sarıldım diyebilirim. “Belki bu şişeden sonra yelkenleri suya indiririm,” dedi Locke.“Yelkenleri suya indirmek bir denizcilik-”“Biliyorum,” dedi Locke. “Kendimi daha sonra öldüreceğim.”Bizim oğlanlar birilerini işletirken tuzağa düşüyorlar ve kendilerini denizde mecburi hizmette buluyorlar. Şimdi burada araya laf karıştırıyorum arzu eden yorumu okumaya devam etsin, meraklısını (view spoiler)[İkinci kitaba başlayıp kıvranma bölümlerinin bu kadar ağır ilerlemesinden dolayı gittim üçüncü kitabın blurbüne, kapağına falan baktım. AMA BAKMAZ OLAYDIM. Bakın merak insanı öldürmez ama süründürür.Şekil A; bendeniz.O kapaktaki yazı varya, bitirdi beni. Bir tarafım soruyor, o ne bok yedi de o hallere düştü, diye. Bir tarafımda gitmeğğğğğ Kübra, görme bunları, diye dövünüyor. Ama benim canıma kastım var, tabii ki okudum. Aksi düşünülebilir mi?Gene de o son’a hazırlıklı değildim. Evde dört döndüm, bağırdım, çağırdım. Lafta da değil hani, evdekilerde alıştı zaten. Bittikten saatler sonra ders çalışmak için oturdum ama karşımda kitaplık. Gözüm kaydıkça hatırlıyorum, hatırladıkça sinirleniyorum –tersim pistir hani- kalem silgi ne varsa Bay Lynch’a atar gibi fırlatıyorum kitaplığa.Ne var canım, kitapla kavga eden kimse görmediniz mi?(hide spoiler)]’a alayım.Onlar denizcilikten anlamasa da en iyi yaptıkları şey kılıktan kılığa girmek olduğu için ortama uyum sağlamakta zorlandıklarını söyleyemem. Ama işler her zamanki gibi birbirine giriyor. Eh, Locke ve Jean’in rahat geçen gününü görmediğimize göre yadırgamıyoruz, değil mi?“Tel Varrar’dan getirdiğimiz adamlara karşı görevlerimi yerine getirdim Jean. Ama onlar da, tüm bu insanlar da birer yabancı. Yaptıkları için Stragıs’u hüngür hüngür ağlatmaya niyetliyim ve bu insanlara zarar vermeden amacıma ulaşabilirsem ne âlâ. Ama eğer Stragos’u alaşağı etmek için hem bu gemiyi hem de bunun gibi onlarcasını batırmam gerekirse onu da yaparım.”“Tanrılar aşkına,” diye fısıldadı Jean. “Ağzından çıkanı kulağın duysun. Ben de kendimi Camorrlu sanırdım. Sen köküne kadar oralısın. Daha az önce bu insanlar için üzülüyordun. Şimdiyse intikamın uğruna hepsini suda boğmaya hazırsın.”“İntikamımız uğruna. Hayatlarımız uğruna.”Kitabın bu kısmı bol bol denizcilik terimleriyle doluydu. Tabii bende birçok okur gibi olayların bazısına, verilen emirlere vs. Fransız kaldım, okuyup geçmekle yetindim. Bundan bir miktar rahatsızlık duysam da her şey Locke bebeğim içindi. Ama Locke’nin uyum sağlamakta zorlanmadığı bir nokta vardı ki oda denizci ağzıydı.Locke’nin küfürbazlığına ben zaten hayranım, bir de denizde ağzına geleni saymasından ayrı bir zevk aldım.Birazcık Jean yavruma kayacağım şimdi. İlk kitaba oranla Jean’i daha çok sevdiğimi söyleyebilirim. Aslında ilk kitapta da seviyordum ama bu kitapta ortaya çıkan yüksek doz Jean düşkünlüğü beklenmedikti.İlk karşılaşmamızda korkak, zayıf, şişko birer çocuktan ibaret olup sonradan göz korkutucu, iri yarı adamlara dönüşen erkeklere başka bir bağlılığım var. Hele hele bu adamlar her koşul altında sadık birer dostsa. Böyle karakterleri diğerlerinden ayrı kıskanırım. Daha bir düşkün olurum her zaman. Onlara yapılan her hata bana yapılmış, her üzüntüleri kalbime saplanan ok gibi keskin olur.“’Soğuk duvarlar değildir bir hapishaneyi hapishane yapan,’” diye ezberden okudu Jean gülümseyerek, “’bir esiri esir yapanın demir zincirler olmadığı gibi.’”Teğmen Delmestro onu tuhaf tuhaf süzdü, birkaç saniye sonra da, “’Cesurca sözler çıkar yeni zincire vurulanların dilinden, çakmak taşının kıvılcımları kadar sıcak ve uzun ömürlü,’” diye alıntıladı.“Demek On Dürüst Dönek’i biliyorsun,” dedi Jean.“Tıpkı senin gibi. Bak bu çok ilginç. Ve… konumuzla hiç ama hiç alakası yok. …”Elinde nacaklarıyla insanların canını okurken hayal etmeye bayıldığım Jean’i Ezri’yle nasıl kıskandım anlatamam. Ezri’ye ne kadar iyi bir insan olursa olsun, sırf bu yüzden ona gıcık oldum. Onlar kamarada ortalığı birbirine katarken ben burada homurdana homurdana sayfa çevirdim. Ama o koca yürekli adamın böyle üzülmesi… Bakın, kitabın 636. sayfasını yırtmak, parçalamak; Scott Lynch hiç yazmamış, ben hiç okumamışım gibi davranmak istiyorum. O KISIMLARDAN ÖLÜMÜNE NEFRET ETTİM! Hele hele Jean’in yapmak zorunda olduğu o şey, sonrasındaki tören… Ciğerim çürüdü be okurken! “Nasıl bana söylemezsin?” diye fısıldadı kadın.“Bilmek istediğin her neyse hemen söyleyeceğim. Sen sadece-”“Zehirden bahsediyorum Jean.”“Ah,” diye inledi Jean, kendini kamaranın arka duvarına bırakarak. Ezri’de onunla beraber aşağı kaydı. “Hassiktir.”“Seni gidi bencil piç kurusu seni. Nasıl olur da-”“Drakasha kaptanlar konseyine tüm öykümüzü anlattı,” diye tahmin yürüttü Jean, hissizleşmiş bir şekilde. “Her şeyi öğrendin.”“Senin değil, Drakasha’nın ağzından! Bunu bana nasıl yapabilirsin?”“Ezri, lütfen, olay-”“Sen,” diye fısıldadı kadın, Jean’a mengene gibi sıkı sarılarak, “sen bu kahrolası okyanusta benim olan tek şeysin Jean Tannen. Bu gemi bana ait değil. Hatta bu kamara bile. Kahrolası bir gömülü hazinem yok. Ailemi ve unvanımı yitirdim. Ve tam da tüm bunların karşılığında bir şeye sahip olmuşken-”“O şeyin… büyük bir kusuru olduğu anlaşıldı.”Cani, pis yazar George R.R. Martin’den rol çalan Scott Lynch her kitapta böyle ikişer üçer karakter öldürecekse yandık vallahi. Benim yüreğim nasıl dayanacak buna inanın bilmiyorum. Yazar katli yapmak istiyorum ve listem kabardıkça kabarıyor.Neyse, ben denizlere geri döneyim. Kitapta beni olumsuz etkileyen kısımlar olduğunu zaten söylemiştim. Denizleri ne kadar seversem seveyim Camorr’un eksikliği o kadar çok hissettirdi ki kendini.Bir kere Locke namı diğer Camorr’un Bela’sı ya! Camorr’un o işlek caddelerini, çetelerini ve zenginlerini okumadan geçen kitap, bu lakabın altında bıraktığı boşluğu bana yansıttı.Karakterlerin mantıken Camorr’a geri dönmeyeceğini biliyorum ama Scott Lynch onların yolunu oraya neden düşürmesin ki? Zaten bela onları her yerde buluyor bu yer tekrar Camorr olamaz mı? Şahsen böyle bir gelişmeden çok memnun olurum.Dedim ya deniz güzeldi, iyiydi, hoştu ama kötünün iyisiydi aslında. Ben Locke’yi Camorr’un Bela’sı, Centilmen Piç’lerin harika zekâsı olduğu için sevmiştim. Onların neyine korsancılık oynamak?Gönlüme taht kurma nedenleri yaptıkları dolandırıcılıklar, insanları parmaklarında oynatmaları, kılık değiştirip tekrar ve tekrar tongaya düşürmeleri ve bu yaptıklarına onurlu bir iş olarak bakmalarıyken ilk kitaptan farklı bir çizgiye çekilmelerinden hoşlanmadım. İlk kısmın okunması bu kadar uzun sürmeseydi, beni bu kadar boğmasaydı denizlerden tatmin olur muydum, bilemiyorum. Hele hele üçüncü kısmı gözümün önüne getirince soru işaretlerim daha çok artıyor. Çünkü Locke ve Jean, üçüncü kısımda tekrar benim sevdiğim dolandırıcıydılar. Kimsenin emri altında olmayan, zekâlarıyla insanların rütbelerine, asilliklerine bakmadan alay eden bu ikiliyi böyle sevdim, böyle görmeye devam etmek istiyorum.Denizde geçen olaylardan en çok ilgimi çeken Hovarda Limanı’na ulaşmak için Salon Geçidi’nden geçmek zorunda olmalarıydı. Bu mekân isimlerine de ayrı ölüyorum, sizce de çok havalı değiller mi? Orada olanlar, denizlerin sakladığı gizemli dünyaya dibim düştü.Scott Lynch’ın -sevdiğim epik fantastik yazarlarının evrenleri gibi- geniş bir evren yaratmasını çılgınlar gibi istiyorum. Bu evrende geçen farklı seriler olsun, ben hepsini ayıla bayıla okurum yani. Mekânlardan biride Hovarda Limanı, Salon Geçidi olabilir. Orada yatan gizemleri gerçek bir korsan serisinde bir araya getirildiğini düşünsenize? Hadi, olmayan şeyin hayaliyle heyecandan kuduralım. Değinmek istediğim son bir nokta var: SABETHA BELACOROS!Bakın, diyorum ben size, bu kızı döverim. Parça pinçik eder, denize dökerim. Iano mu alır, denizin gizemleri mi hiç umurumda değil. Yahu kızın adından başka bir şey yok ortalıkta ama sorundan başka bir şeyde değil. Locke’ye yaptıkları yetmiyormuş gibi her defasında Jean ile Locke’nin arasında girmeyi başarıyor. Deliriyorum!Locke, bebeğim, gel ben sana daha güzelini bulacağım, vazgeç şu şırfıntıdan Allah aşkına!İşte, böyle böyle tamamladım bu uzun yolculuğu. ; )Şu yorumun tamamını okuyanda var mıdır, merak ettim. akfksh (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Hanne
    2019-05-26 13:53

    I realize I’m being wayward again: most people seemed to be über-enthusiast about book one, and they tend to like book two a bit less. Not me: I really enjoyed book two, much more than the first.The main driver behind this difference, is that everything I didn’t like about book one is gone here: there’s no smooth sailing, there aren’t a bizillion tricks hiding in Locke’s sleeve, and the whole “Look how clever I am”-feel of the book is gone. This cat might still have seven lives; he isn’t always falling on his feet anymore. I also thought the general plot was better, with a lot more suspense and with more emotional depth than we’ve previously seen. Apart from that, it’s still marvellously written, with a lot of wit and banter. I also liked the play on traditional superstitions. In this world, being out on sea without women and cats is bad luck. And I love that this kick-ass pirate chief is a woman, and a mother of two toddlers, who doesn’t have a piece of paper left that isn’t scribbled on by the kids. I like!

  • Carol.
    2019-06-02 14:06

    Four stars, with reservationsA bit of a slog in the beginning--guess I haven't been in the mood for the great con. Locke Lamora is still at the heart of the narrative, and I don't think he could get from bed to breakfast without hatching or implementing a Rube Goldberg of a plot. It remains a sort of "Oceans Eleven" caper at the beginning, with multiple steps and a long, convoluted plan of attack on the owner of an elaborate and elite gambling facility. However, in true Oceans fashion, even as the con is planned and developed, Lynch keeps surprise elements in reserve. Locke is more than just a bit of a rogue, and has few principles to guide him. I haven't been in the mood to read rogue, but this has been sitting on my shelf for two months and needed to be read. I stuck with it and am pleased to see Locke's ethical compass developing. What Locke still hasn't comprehended is that the cost of revenge is very, very dear, and might cost everything. We see him early on wallowing in self pity, then acting and saying things to Jean about their old life, apologizing for mistakes made and missing their friends. And yet they are right back in it with their con, and the worst part is, Locke still hasn't realized that his opponents have even fewer scruples than he. There's some tender touches midway through for Jean, which is a redeeming moment of happiness in a generally grim book. I also like the fact that Locke has to "come clean" and enlist the help of others if he is to survive. As always, I appreciate and enjoy the close friendship between Locke and Jean, finding it both believable and redemptive.Lynch also does a fabulous job envisioning his world and all it's different political structures and terrains. As usual for me, it usually reminds me of the city-states of Renaissance/pre-Ren Italy. The language he uses is fun and complex, with just the right amount of detail, although for those that objected to swearing in the first, it's still here--especially when Locke and Jean head to sea. There are few fantastical elements--the most fantastical thing is probably the mysterious sea creatures and a passage through a haunted channel. For it's genre, I'd almost call it steampunk style, with a heavy reliance on alchemy and "artificers." Again, reminds me of Leonardo di Vinci's Italy. Narrative continues the back-and forth between events shortly after the end of the last book and a fast forward two years in the future. It works fairly well at the beginning and helps make the transformation back to the normal Locke tolerable. I do give Lynch lots of credit for the very likeable and noble female pirate character Zamira.A great book, if you feel like devious plotting, rogue heroes and a smattering of casual violence and swearing. And lady pirates.

  • Gökçe
    2019-06-10 13:03

    sanırım ölüyorum. bye.edit: dördüncü kitap çıkana kadar üçüncüyü okumayacağıma yemin etmiştim ama dayanamıyorum :)

  • Aristea
    2019-06-01 13:59

    The first half is certainly the best so far - the second half left me less satisfied but eager to know what our favorite thief is going to do in his next adventure!

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-06-09 13:11

    Because I want to meet Zamira Drakasha.Oh, and because of this : As for claims to “realism,” your complaint is of a kind with those from bigoted hand-wringers who whine that women can’t possibly fly combat aircraft, command naval vessels, serve in infantry actions, work as firefighters, police officers, etc. despite the fact that they do all of those things— and are, for a certainty, doing them all somewhere at this very minute. Tell me that a fit fortyish woman with 25+ years of experience at sea and several decades of live blade fighting practice under her belt isn’t a threat when she runs across the deck toward you, and I’ll tell you something in return— you’re gonna die of stab wounds.What you’re really complaining about isn’t the fact that my fiction violates some objective “reality,” but rather that it impinges upon your sad, dull little conception of how the world works. I’m not beholden to the confirmation of your prejudices; to be perfectly frank, the prospect of confining the female characters in my story to placid, helpless secondary places in the narrative is so goddamn boring that I would rather not write at all. I’m not writing history, I’m writing speculative fiction. Nobody’s going to force you to buy it. Conversely, you’re cracked if you think you can persuade me not to write about what amuses and excites me in deference to your vision, because your vision fucking sucks.FUCK YEAH.

  • Apatt
    2019-06-09 13:03

    I read the blockbustingThe Lies of Locke Lamora in July 2014 and I just read this second volume of the Gentleman Bastard series today May 9, 2015, almost a year apart. I tend to do that with second volumes in most series I read for some reason. (I am only sharing this mind numbingly uninteresting fact with you because I have no idea what to write for the opening paragraph of this review!)Red Seas Under Red Skies is a worthy follow up toThe Lies of Locke Lamora which made Scott Lynch one of the elite fantasy authors working today. The story feels more like a “further adventure of Locke and Jean” than a direct continuation, making each of these two books almost standalones though I do not recommend reading them out of order, and there really is no need to as the first book is a great read.As with the previous book Lynch likes to use the literary device of scrambling the timeline with flashbacks and flashforwards, probably to create tension or anticipation and – of course – to tease. I personally prefer a straight timeline but novels are works of art and authors generally know best how they should be presented. In any case Lynch is too skillful to make a mess of the narrative, there is never any confusion in reading the book. I think the main appeal of Lynch’s writing is the vivid and lively characters he is able to create, be they heroes or villains. With Red Seas Under Red Skies he has outdone his accomplishment in the previous book. Locke Lamora is still the same lovable rogue we are already familiar with but his partner/BFF Jean Tannen is very well fleshed out in this book in spite of not having the story told from his point of view, we only see him through Locke’s eyes in this book. I tend to find that the secondary character in fantasy novels are more interesting and likeable than the protagonist, in the way that Ron Weasley is more interesting than Harry Potter or Samwise Gamgee is much more likeable and capable than Frodo. The same applies for this Gentleman Bastard series (so far) but the dynamic between Locke and Jean works very well where Locke is the brains of the operation and Jean is usually the brawn, not that Jean is unintelligent or even uneducated, he is just more honest and less devious. While I enjoyed the witty repartees ofThe Lies of Locke Lamora I did find it a little overdone in that every single character major and minor seem to always be ready with the quips, even incidental characters who only appear in the book for a few paragraphs. The dialog of Red Seas Under Red Skies is better, more balanced and more believable. Characters seem to have more distinctive voices this time around.As the title suggests Red Seas Under Red Skies is mostly a nautical adventure as complicated circumstances lead our heroes find themselves joining a pirate ship. In this book we meet wonderful lady pirate captain Zamira Drakasha* and her equally badass Lieutenant Ezri Delmastro. Tough, fighting women in fiction seem to be based on Ellen Ripley (from Alien) most of the time but these two ladies show more feminine and even maternal sides in certain situations making them more believable and likeable. The pacing of the book is a little slow to begin with while Lynch is setting up his pieces through pages of dialogues. Once we get to the high seas adventure part the narrative shifts to higher gear and become something of a romp. The book is densely plotted and our heroes and their allies seldom have a moment to unwind as the odds are stacked against them. The language is deliberately flowery at times as it is Locke’s stock in trade as a con artist. There is even a little romance and some lump-in-the-throat poignant moments. Magic is not much in evidence in this book and weird monstrosities are only glimpsed from time to time, though there is quite a lot of alchemy and numerous steampunk-ish clockwork devices. I much prefer this kind of “low fantasy” to the traditional ones with wizards conjuring entire houses or turning people into newts, my suspension of disbelief can only stretch so far. If you likeThe Lies of Locke Lamora as most people seem to do you probably don’t need me to recommend this book to you. I already have the next volumeThe Republic of Thieves so I doubt I will wait almost a year before getting to it.________________________________________* A reader has foolishly taken Scott Lynch to task about this female pirate character, his reply is epic!

  • Josh
    2019-06-07 07:53

    This is a surprisingly worthy followup, albeit a tad frustrating, at least at first. After reading all of the negative or mediaocre reviews, I was expecting to find a lesser book than Lies. I didn't find that at all. The quality of writing, the sympathetic characters, the sharp and funny dialogue, the action: it's all here. I think the reason people are turned off by it is because it's a very different book than the first one. Red Seas wastes no time as it starts off. We begin with Locke and Jean pulling a scheme on the most successful chance house in Tel Verrar, the Sinspire, to rob from the owner itself. The book continues with a pace similar to the first book with every other chapter interluding to a past segment, in this case, filling the 2 year gap between Lies and the present day timeline. Locke and Jean are obviously present, but most everything else has changed. Obviously they've fled Camorr so the environment is completely new, though no less captivating. Lynch continues showing his skills in world building, creating a city with a rich history and realistic environments that jump out of the page. Even with the change of scenery, the theives seem right at home in their new setting. They're pulling tricks, being stalked by cut-throats and even the Bondmagi have made it known that they've not forgotten about their poor Falconer. Where the book takes a radical change however, is when Locke and Jean go pirate. I don't want to spoil the particulars of this plot thread, but I have to say that I enjoyed it thoroughly. At first it seemed out of place, like a speedbump in the rest of the story. But as the plot moves on I found that it ties in very well and by the end, everything comes full circle. I am not much for nautical books, but it seems that Lynch really did his homework and knows his stuff, at least from the perspective of someone who knows as little as sailing and ships as I do. This section of the book may seem like a sidetrack at first, but really it's the meat and potatos of the story, with the bulk of the new characters and the action. Drakasha and Ezri are wonderful additions and seeing their relationships with Locke and Jean go from borderline enemy to comerade is amazing. As I've said, Lynch is a master of character development. Even though this book ends with a slight cliff hanger and the plot threads don't wrap up as nicely as they do in Lies (one in particular... argh!), I can recommend Red Seas to anyone who has read the first book and enjoyed it. I won't say it's as good as The Lies of Locke Lamora, because it isn't, but I enjoyed the hell out of it anyways. Bring on Republic of Theives!

  • Mayim De Vries
    2019-06-15 14:53

    Land ho! three and a half star aboard!You know what it's like with a normal novel: all is grand until, towards the end of the book, the protagonists find themselves in a tight spot from whence they are delivered by a magnanimous hand of the author. It is not like that with Locke Lamora. Not at all. He starts in a tight spot from the very beginning attempting to achieve the difficult, the difficult quickly turns into impossible, and the impossible evolves swiftly into lethal, and all this happens within the first quarter of the book. Then things steadily get worse until the reader begs for mercy.”Difficult’ and ‘impossible’ are cousins often mistaken for one another, with very little in common.”Red Seas Under Red Skies gives you a double dose of this treatment, because there are in fact two books packed neatly under one cover. Whereas they do have the same main protagonists, in my eyes they constitute a duo of companion novels. Or perhaps the book proper an accompanying pirate novella. I guess this the right moment to confess that the only pirate I love is Disney’s Captain Hook? The rest of them can go and...…so I was pushing myself through this part considering it one big hell-of-an-interlude.The best thing about the piraty part is that it has… yes, you guessed it right! The best about it is that it has kittens. As they say in Camorr, throwing pirates at Mayim de Vries is about as effective as throwing lettuce at sharks. But give me kittens and I'm all yours.Otherwise, the piraty pirates are doing piratous things and the excessive pirating becomes very tedious. Pirates aside, what can you expect from the book? The whole premise of the Gentleman Bastards is that the surviving duo is inseparable and as unbreakable as the best vault. I am not revealing much, because the reader see it in the prologue, but the main trick of Red Seas Under Red Skies is that the impossible happens one Gentleman Bastard turns against another. And so throughout the whole book the readers wait with their collective breath withheld when and how this inconceivable betrayal will happen. The ominous strife between Locke and Jean, which gathers momentum and dissipates in regular intervals throughout he whole book, makes it heavier, darker and denser on the meta level than the previous instalment. The tale of friendship is one of the strongest points in Red Seas Under Red Skies. This is not about the easy brotherhood from before. Here the author makes us wonder when a friend is there to support us no matter what, and when a true friend will shake us out of stupor even against our will. When do friends forgive and what do they always remember? These are difficult questions and in my opinion book tackles them very well. At the beginning Locke traverses the downward arc of terminal self-pity and alcoholism grieving after everyone and everything that was lost in Camorr. But Jean’s samness is an answer to Locke’s frodoishness and soon the duo embarks on a new adventure in Tal Verrar, the rose-city on the Sea of Brass (because pirates). Together they concoct a new scheme to cheat the master of Sinspire where it is death to be caught cheating. However, as they happily cheat all the way through all decadent levels of this den of gambling to get to Requin who manages it, they are caught in the power struggles in the city and suddenly find themselves in rather unwilling service of the archon, Tal Verrar’s military commander and protector. To complicate things further, there are also assassination attempts and… do you remember the Falconer? Well, his vengeful brethren lurks in the shadows. I’ve never helped precipitate a civil war before. This should be fun.And when things start getting interesting and our two professional risk-takers are used as pawns by all of the local powers… you need to take a deep breath. Because pirates.Look for us in history books and you’ll find us in the margins. Look for us in legends, and you might just find us celebrated.This is the main reason I am shaving the star off my rating. As the piraty bits take over, the main plot, the main intrigue, the villains (both Requin and Stragos), the whole city fades into the background. Lynch has amazing spatial imagination and the places he conjures out of thin air, or rather out of Elderglass, I should say, are equally amazing. Alas, we do not have chance to get intimately acquainted with Tal Verrar (because pirates). The devious scheme is put aside (because pirates). Even the main Thorn of Camorr vengeance kind of fades (because pirates). Everything is interestingly written, albeit in a perfunctory manner. The only deep personality in this book is the Sea of Brass. And such a shame! I’d love to know and see more of everyone (but the pirates).In Red Seas Under Red Skies pirates are a very useful prop that can be used to deal with everything. For me however, solving the whole conundrum with Requin and Protector using pirates was lazy if not downright sloppy; an easy way out I did not suspect Lynch was partial to. I found the finale anti-climactic, squeezed in a hurry and thrown aside like a lemon. Because, in the grand scheme of things, all the events of this instalment, save one little development, turn out to be rather inconsequential. But then again, do we have the right to feel cheated when reading about thieves? You are thieves. I am offering you a chance to help steal history itself.Well, not this time. Hopefully in the next book. PS Yes, yes, great female characters, I know, I appreciate. At the same time, well excuse me, one word. Sabetha?—My review of The Lies of Locke Lamora.