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Red Seas Under Red Skies

Narrated by: Michael Page
Series: Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book 2
Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

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

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

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

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

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Bit of a rambling let down

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

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Great story, great narration!

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

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

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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

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Good but a bit slow

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

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

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

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

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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

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

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

Any additional comments?

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

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Good,but.......

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

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Had a hard job living up to its predecessor

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

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

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

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

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Refreshing Chaos Continues...

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

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Lock's plans end up all at sea

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

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

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

The battle at sea between pirate ships

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

A depth of emotion and pace at the crucial scenes

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

Thieves prosper

Any additional comments?

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

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Very enjoyable

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



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

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An excellent addition to an excellent series.

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

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

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

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

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Loved it

Good story well told, what I particularly enjoy is



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

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

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



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



Can't wait for the next installment

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  • Joshua
  • 03-04-11

Fantastic Read/Listen

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

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

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-20

Not a good sequel

The Lies of Locke Lamora grabbed me and took me through a vibrant fantasy world with awesome and distinct characters and relationships with a satisfying thrilling ending. This starts out the same way, planning a heist, making schemes developing relationships in a inspiring new city! Then it's abruptly interrupted and throws us out to sea, where after the first chapter NOTHING HAPPENS. It's just a bunch of talking, nothing moving forward, boring relationships, characters and scenery. The only thing that saves the chapters at sea are the Pirate Captain and the first mate of the Poison Orchid who are truly amazing, clever and fun. I clung on thinking the end would right the course of the plot, no dice. Would have rather had a book about the Poison Orchids adventures than having to follow Locke and Jean through this book. Might read the last book, see if any of that magic from the first book shows up in the end.

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  • david
  • 22-12-19

a mess of a plot

I really liked the first book which made me rather annoyed or even angry to read the sequel.
"Red seas Under Red skies" wants to set up a heist, have the protagonist be pirates for a bit. it also wants to show our characters dealing with what happened in the first book and it also wants a small romance.
I have no problems with any of the above, only how the author decided to put it all together.
the characters are the same with small twist. so if you would read this book for the characters alone I would recommend it. But the book is so poorly paced with a plot that is so poorly constructed that I can't remember last time I read one so bad, that I can't recommend this book unless you really like the characters.

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we start with Locke believing Jean will betray him. this is a flash forward to a later scene. It's payoff highly disappointing as Jean does not betray Locke and the only reason Locke believed he would was because he didn't see a sign Jean. Jean, however, says that he definitely made a sign to Locke that he was lying. I have no problem with the scene itself other than the fact that I was expecting a bit more given that the scene was shown in the beginning of the book.

the next many pages are spent between their next heist "the sin spire game" and flashbacks to Locke dealing with the loss of his friends.
this part is mostly solid. my real grievances starts when the plot forces them out to the sea where they then spend the next many pages meeting new characters and trying to accomplish another goal because they have no other choice if they want to live.
for this part the Sin Spire Game is more or less forgotten and it does not come back until the end where it is rather quickly resolved.
it is also in this part where Jean meets the love of his life and loses her as well in a scene that to me felt rather forced.
the last part of the book attempts to quickly rap up this poorly constructed story. introducing important characters in power that Locke manages to persuade to help him in a single scene.
the book ends with Locke and Jean alone once again. Locke might die from poison in a month's time or so.
this ending makes me think the entire book was a set up for them going to get help from Karthain which is where the third book takes place.

The worst decision that the author ever made in my opinion was to kill off Kaldo and Galdo and Buck in the first book. while they were minor characters they added some interactions between them and Locke and Jean. now all the interactions are between Locke and Jean and other people they meet.
when the author introduces Esri the reader might soon start to think that she would join them. they even briefly talked about rebuilding the gentleman bastards. I miss the closeness of that entire group.
But having her join them would be too obvious apparently as the author kills her in the most unessasary twist of betrayal from a minor character ever.

in short. I actually ended up hating this book because of its plot.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 11-11-19

Even better than the first

Quite a different and unique plot revolving around pirates and trickery. looking forward to read the next book !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Amazing story

The 2nd book of the Gentleman Bastards series is amazing. The plot, characters also we get to see more of the incredible world that Scott Lynch has built. Loved the touch of piracy too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-19

Still good but not as good as the first

Lynch continues his great writing, clever story and amazing characters, while Michael Page continues to be the best narrator in town.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-19

Fantastic, enthralling

Favorite book series and favorite Narrator. I love it. Scott makes it so lively, his voice is clear and easy to understand, his voices for the characters are funny and help distinguish between the characters. Michael’s description, world design, story and pacing is fantastic, full of great surprises, suspense, intelligent riddles and superb characters. 10/10 enthralled

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  • Jacob
  • 07-02-19

Fantastic continuation of great story.

Great follow up to the first book. Full of twists and memorable moments. Loved the new character and hope they will feature again.

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  • Orita
  • 28-01-19

Good but somewhat dissappinting

As in the first book, we get lots of clever and interesting schemes and tricks, and there's fascinating and detailed worldbuilding. However, the general plot line is very similar to the first book and feels unoriginal. I enjoyed this very much, but the place it went dissapointed me, and I finish the book feeling a bit unsatisfied. As for the narrator, he is excellent and very fun to listen to!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-18

6.8/10 Kept me thoroughly involved throughout

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