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
Little time to "read" plenty of commuting & running time to listen.
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.
If you have enough book space I don't want to talk to you
The continuing adventures of these loveable rogues as they come to terms with the events of their last outing and start again is moving, funny and compelling.
The battle at sea between pirate ships
A depth of emotion and pace at the crucial scenes
A wider stage than the previous book in the series with more characters and settings. The story does not immerse you into lock's world as deeply as the first book did as a consequence. The tale rockets along though and whilst not as gripping as the end game with the grey king the story is still impossible to turn off. There is also a cliff hanger ending...
The second half of this book went up a gear in terms of pace and action. We meet new characters on the high seas, all very colorful and engaging. There are some great action sequences. However the first half of the book, before they get to sea just dragged for me. I found myself having to make an effort to carry on listening, days would go by and I wouldn't bother.
If you like a lot of action, read something else. If you like scheming and cunning plots, this is for you. However considering Loch is supposed to be super cunning he seems very slow on the uptake sometimes.
I enjoyed the scene when Loch and Jean first attack a merchant ship in their pirate guise.
After much deliberation I got the next book "Republic of Thieves". I haven't finished listening to it yet, but it gets off to a much better start.
The tale is fairly well read by the narrator. Some of the voices are hard to tell apart, but generally not bad.
I am a huge fan of anything nautical. So, upon seeing the title and cover of the second novel in the 'Gentlemen Bastards Sequence' I got as excited as a virgin at a high school disco. I am happy to say the story did not disappoint.
Red Seas Under Red Skies focuses a lot more on Jean than the previous book, something that really adds to the story. You still get a lot of Locke and a lot of their past with the Gentlemen Bastards (something that, given the way the first book ended, takes the sting away from previous events).
The story consists of Locke and Jean trying to ply their trade as professional thieves in a new city. Their efforts land them in a new sort of employment, that of their brother thieves upon the waves; pirates.
Red Skies Under Red Seas, as with The Lies of Locke Lamora, will have the reader feeling a whole host of emotions ranging from happiness to downright misery. Not quite the levels of shock you get from the first book, but shock all the same. The ending also sets up nicely for the third book and will have the reader/listener thinking 'how will they get out of this thoroughly impossible situation?'.
No matter which way they turn Loche and Jean are always heading toward the sharp end of something pointy, this is usually due to someone more powerful trying to manipulate them into their plans, leading to situations of tense stand offs, fast talking and clever plans. Red Sea and Red Skies is similar to the first in many ways, but with a bit more YARRRR....
Seeing all their plans knit together as the book heads towards its conclusion is always the best bit.. like the great John "Hannibal" Smith from the A-Team said "I love it when a plan comes together!"
Following from The Lies of Locke Lamora, our protagonist Locke and his friend and protector Jean have arrived in the city state of Tal Verrar, looking towards their next big score. Their eyes firmly fixed on the Sinspire, they are surprised when the city ruler usurps their free will and sets them a deadly task; to rid the waters to the south of a marauding band of pirates. Despite no knowledge of the sea or sailing Locke and Jean have no choice but to set forth to meet their fate.
This is a worthy second instalment in the Thorn of Camorr series. The style is as jarring as with the first book, but is easier to settle into after a short while. As before: BUY THIS BOOK!
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).
"Still going strong"
Because I enjoyed it?
Has good plot, strong characters, good language.
He made every character come to life.
Gonna buy the 3rd one. 'nuff said.
"As amazing as the first"
Not much more i can add others haven't already. An instant classic with expert narration. The ebbs and flows of victory and disaster constantly keep you enthralled.
"More pirates, more complicated"
I liked this audiobook, but book 1 in the series was undeniably stronger. Book 1 was stronger because it was easier to keep track of the various characters and their motivations. I felt that this book, book 2, was harder to follow.
I felt that this book, book 2, was harder to follow because it was more difficult to keep all the characters and their motivations straight.
I think I enjoyed the scenes on the pirate ships the most. The pirates were a strong part of this book.
"Love the story line"
I couldn't put the book down or in this case couldn't stop listening it kept me interested the whole time.
"Not as good as the first, but still enjoyable"
After de wonderful Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch did not live to the expectations of vol. 2. Red Seas has a lot of the remarkable features of Lies: great descriptions, witty dialogues and memorable characters (villains, specially). However, the storyline is not as good the as the first, and what bothered me the most is the Locke and Jean did not find anyone to join them and form new Gentlemen Bastards. As great as the pirates may be (and to give Jean a romantic interest was a wonderful touch that made the story more lively and emotional), they are no matches for the Sansas and Bug, still very much missed.
Michael Page once again shows masterfull skills in the narration. With so many characters, he manages to create a distinguished and easily recognizable tone of voice for each one. In the first breath of each line we already know who is speaking. Very impressive work.
I said Wow when I finished The Lies of Locke Lamora and now we add Pirates! Double Wow.
Scott Lynch has continued his fantastic series with more characters to love and hate, more intrigue, more cunning and layers of deception, more twists and turns and more heartbreak. Locke and Jean are working a long con in a new land and are thrown into a tangle of intrigues from various counter aligned powers with third parties throwing spanners into the gears at every turn. The book builds and builds then comes to a painful but satisfying, neat but open ending. A perfect set-up for the next book that leaves you satiated until then.
Once again Michael Page is fantastic, He picks up the returning characters like the last book never ended and the new are diverse and well read. Pages' Locke just oozes with self pity, it drips from your headphones right into your ears.
"Well Thought Through"
I just might, because this book, unlike the last book (Do NOT read the last book of the series), is well thought through. Even though the annoying flashbacks that (that are supposed to give character background) are STILL coming in this book (even though half of the first book was dedicated to this), the main story is AWESOME.
It's fresh, based on logic instead of action and wanton destruction and the likes.
Hmm.. This is a stretch, but I'd say Roger Zelazny's 9 Princes of Amber, simply because of the logic and the thought given to the story and the world. The stories are not similliar atall though, and I can't think of any other book I've read with a story simillar to Red Seas Under Red Skies.
Michael delivered this story with the same great performance as the last book. He's not my favorite narrator, but he's good. No question about that :)
Oh yes, but I'm not putting any spoilers here :)
WARNING: The last book lacks a story! There is NONE. I would recomend you stop reading after this book, and you'll have a great ending to the series. Don't ruin it by reading the third book!
"What? No movie?"
Cannot not read
Scott Lynch is so good at masterminding the plots it's surprising he's not a master thief himself
Michael Page brings so much depth with his emotions and accents. Simply amazing!
Turns Lord of the Rings into Twilight
"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.
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