Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.
No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.
But, as ever, the path of true crime rarely runs smooth and Locke and Jean soon find themselves co-opted into an attempt to bring the pirate fleet of the notorious Zamira Drakasha to justice. Fine work for thieves who don't know one end of galley from another. And all the while the Bondsmagi are plotting their very necessary revenge against the one man who believes e has humiliated them and lived; Locke Lamora.
©2007 Scott Lynch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
Contrary to some other reviewers, I think I almost enjoyed this more than the Lies of Loch Lamora. The challenges are somewhat different and yet similar - bit like Hustle on steroids. Scott Lynch does a really good job of painting another world and different societies. The body count was somewhat high perhaps (again) - but that's the sort of story that's being told.
Personally - if you enjoyed LofLL you'll enjoy this.
The Lies of Locke Lamora was a remarkable story of derring-do, the likes of which I don't think I have ever come across before. Funny, witty, incredibly tight and fast paced - who could ask for more. Well, the follow up is good, but lacks a little bit of charm and polish. The plot is a bit convoluted in that it relies on ever more far fetched bits of dialogue between our hero and the two bad guys in order to keep us moving along. Let us hope that the next instalment sees a return to form.
Good story well told, what I particularly enjoy is
- the author takes time to give lots of descriptive details without being overly flowery
- time has been put into building the back story of the world you are being transported through, with lots of little details which add to the tale without over complicating things
- and it avoids the cliche of many fantasy titles that the main characters of the book are "heroes", always good and everything they do turns out fine in the end
The language in the book is colourful at times with swearing and sex, so it feel a bit more like fantasy for grown ups (or young adults at least)... and not just kids stories with big words "and they all lived happily ever after" endings, which some fantasy titles could be accused of being
Can't wait for the next installment
This is the successor to Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and was purchased as I've enjoyed that one so much.
This book follows on from the first book, although you probably can take this book as a stand alone. Set in the same world albeit a slightly different town / islands in the same society I found the story to have much that the first book enchanted me with in relation to the society, etc. I also greatly enjoyed the way the book played with elements of the "Master and Commander" type books by getting a lot of the nautical stuff spot on but then playing with the cultural expectations by having many of the things British sailors view as unlikely as necessary talisman for a safe / successful voyage.
However only 4* as I felt this book's storyline was all at sea: in the Lies of Locke Lamora the story sets up a comfortable world, this gets destroyed and the characters then set about defeating the 'baddy'. In this book the plot line of them being poisoned and therefore blackmailed into their situation didn't really work for me. Also there was a lot of them going back and forth - to sea, to various parties.
That being said, if you enjoyed the first book buy this one now: a good romp that easily fills in time.
The lies of Locke Lamora is one of my favourite books and I've been meaning to get around to the sequel for a while. I was not disappointed. The story still moves at a cracking pace, the main characters are two of the most interesting in fantasy fiction at the moment and the supporting characters are on the whole perfectly fleshed out. One thing Scott Lynch is very good at is blending flashbacks into the main narrative. In some authors hands this can be a very clumsy or even an annoying plot device but Lynch handles it with aplomb.
The books starts with Locke caught in a difficult situation, a flash forward that you will need to read about 70% of the book to find out how it's resolved. You know from the very beginning that this story is going to test Locke and Jean's friendship to breaking point and to be honest this is one of the best parts of the novel. Scott lynch writes such wonderful dialogue for his characters and the verbal sparring that goes on is always entertaining.
If you liked The Lies of Locke Lamorra you will like this. Red Seas doesn't quite hit the heady heights of its predecessor but it comes close.
The whole book is memorable but he bit that has stuck with me is the ship battle in the last third of the book. Breathlessly paced and can't really go into any other detail without disclosing massive spoilers.
Micheal Page is an accomplished voice actor and the biggest compliment I can pay him is that when I read the books now, it is his voice I hear in my mind.
At 23 plus hours this is not a book you can realistically listen to in one sitting. I listen on the commute too and from work and manage about 1.5 hours a day plus extra if I need to find out what happens next :)
i love this book, again both in audio and paperback and it is easily in the top ten
obviously Locke Lamora! but also it is in a league with Dresden Files, The Legend of Eli Monpress and any Robin Hobb book you care to think of..
I couldn't get enough of Scott Lynch's writing, and I was delighted to find out that if anything, his writing has become more witty since the last book. Unpredicable multilayered plot. Sets up a sequel but is satisfyingly complete in and of itself. Definitely worth a listen.
In the first book I developed a huge crush on the downright dodgy main character. Now I know I'm in love. This is not my usual genre. This is the first time ever being bored paid off! It's a great story full of color and depth. The characters are despicable, lovable, believable. Every twist and turn was a surprise. I couldn't wait to hear the next part and truly resented having to switch off to do some work. The narrator is first class. he brought warmth, humour, and humanity to this tale, his character drawing was so good I could have been listening to a cast of thousands. Try both of these.... you will never regret it.
As good as the first book!
Love the style and the setting, another enthralling episode by Scott Lynch! Another excellent rendition of the many wonderful characters by Michael Page.
I can't wait for next book!
I loved the previous book so was really looking forward to this one. However I found it a bit slow until the last third, when it did pick up. The story seemed a bit flat, but maybe that was because the characters weren't needing to be drawn in the same way, which also took away some of the fun of the 1st one. Ah well.
In a refreshing departure from many fantasy novels, Scott Lynch's characters are not superhumans possessed of some extraordinary power, but survive on the strength of their own wits. The stakes are high, but not ridiculously so. The world isn't about to be destroyed, or thrust into an endless dark age. Much as the first book in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is a heist/fantasy novel. The protagonists are not immune to failure, and the story seems driven more by it's characters, than by an ultimate goal, which makes it a pleasure to listen to. The characters are possessed of a strange morality, and are humanized by the situations in which they are conflicted by practical concerns, and their desire to adhere to their own code of ethics. Success is never guaranteed in this series so far, which leaves me sympathizing with the characters own frustration, and keeps the tension strong. Locke and Jean don't wander from one startling, incredible success to another, and so the journey is never boring.
The audio narrator is crisp and precise, speaking with a smooth cadence, and does an excellent job with voices and accents, further enriching this atmospheric book.
If your reading this Mr. Lynch, get back to writing (and thank you).
"An enjoyable romp for those enjoying description."
The descriptions of the world. I actually bought this book before the first of the series by mistake, and while it referenced the events of the first book it is a great standalone on it's own.
Besides its length this is a great listen and I've found many a time that I am still listening long after I expected to move onto other activities. There are logical dips in the action but the story moves along and the descriptions are rich and vibrant.
"Character based Fantasy in a low magic word"
Liked the first one, try the second. the voice actor can actually do a voice, and the fantasy world gives us interesting characters doing interesting things in a dark and gritty world.
The first law trilogy
Just as good as the first book in the series. The lies of lock lamore
"5 Stars for Awesomeness"
Excellent story, even better than the first in the series. Full of action, adventure, well written dialogue and quips galore. I love the schemes and plots the Gentlemen Bastards think up. The world is so well realized and detailed. The narration is perfect, you never hear anything but the author's voice.
I would give it more stars if I had anywhere to stick them.
"Awesome follow on from the Lies of Locke Lamora"
When you find a book you love that is part of a series, you are always a bit apprehensive when you get to the 2nd book. ‘Please be as good!’ you think, ‘please don’t just put up a great first novel and then go downhill from there’. Well I am happy to say that Scott Lynch has not disappointed. If anything, I would say the pacing is better in this book, with all the heavy exposition over with. In the first book there were a few flat spots where I wished he would stop describing things and get on with it, I didn’t feel that at all with this one.
I have to say also, that I love the way the author writes female characters. While the protagonists are male, he is incredibly even-handed in the way he deals with the genders. Women in this book are, well, people. Just as likely to be as good, evil, brave or subversive as men. Throughout, we have women in every role men are in, such as thieves, assassins, pirates, soldiers, officers, craftspeople and so on. So many fantasy novels either don’t having women doing such things, or if they do it is as a major plot point, like ‘oh look, a female assassin!’ Scott Lynch’s approach is very refreshing.
Once again, the narration was excellent and really brought the characters to life.
I found the whole thing really enjoyable and can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out.
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