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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch {4 Stars}

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch is the second book in the Gentleman Bastards series and continues pretty close after The Lies of Locke Lamora left off. There are going to be MAJOR spoilers for The Lies of Locke Lamora, so go check out my review of it instead :). I’m also assuming if you’ve gotten this far in the series, you already know that there is adult content ;-). Well then, Red Seas Under Red Skies takes a different tone than the first book did, though there is still of course a fair bit of intricate plotting. We get to explore a new part of the globe with the boys and finally get some awesome female characters! Also cats :D.

Note: I purchased Red Seas Under Red Skies. All opinions are my own.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch {4 Stars}

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Narrated by Michael Page
(Gentleman Bastards #2)
Published by Spectra on July 31st, 2007
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 566 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long—and are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele—and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior... and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house's cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire.

Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors... straight to Requin's teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb—until they are closer to the spoils than ever.

But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo's secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough...

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I just can’t get over how hilarious these books are. Red Seas Under Red Skies does not disappoint. There is a point early on where Jean is eating pears, and while this doesn’t seem like it could be endlessly entertaining, IT IS! You have to read it to understand how freaking hilarious a tough guy eating pears can be.
  • Locke and Jean went through some pretty rough stuff at the end of the first book, and Red Seas Under Red Skies doesn’t magically fix everything. I loved that we got to see that Locke and Jean are human beings that are understandably affected by the terrible things that happen in their lives. Locke in particular we see a whole new side to that makes him so much more real.
  • The first book didn’t have much of a romance element, but have no fear! There is romance a-brewing in Red Seas Under Red Skies and it is sweet and adorable!
  • OMG all the feels! I was listening to Red Seas Under Red Skies on audio and I’m so glad I listened to the end in my apartment completely alone because there was some ugly crying! Beautiful, horrible, and so so sad all rolled into one I tell you.
  • Michael Page is again the narrator for Red Seas Under Red Skies and wow. Just wow. There are actual significant female secondary characters and Page does an amazing job at giving them all unique voices that sound completely normal. He also pulls off young children so adorably well!

Weaknesses:

  •  Red Seas Under Red Skies has less of a past and present set of story-lines, but this means that when there is time-jumping, it’s even more confusing because I wasn’t expecting it. At one point there were three times that I was needing to keep track of D:
  • Locke and Jean do not have things easy in Red Seas Under Red Skies, and they spend a lot of the book reacting to other people trying to screw them over than cleverly plotting the downfall of the overly rich. This lent a definitely different tone, and I kind of prefer cleverly plotting :-/.

Summary:

Red Seas Under Red Skies is a no-brainer if you loved The Lies of Locke Lamora. There are pirates! And cats! And a lot of trying to come up with a plan and sort of going along until something works out >.>. I’m conflicted on whether I want to recommend the audiobook or the physical book though, since I’m sure it’s way easier to keep track of all the plots in the physical book, but Michael Page does such an amazing job narrating. I actually looked up what other books he’s narrated since I wanted to listen to more of his voice, but none of them struck my fancy :(. In any case, Jean eating pears! Adventure ahoy :D.

4 Stars
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I couldn’t resist :D (Lovingly grabbed from here)

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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Comments

  1. I haven’t read this review all that carefully because I only got this out of the library the other day and I don’t want to spoil it! I’m really looking forward to it though, so I’m glad you liked it so much.

    I didn’t expect to like the first book so much as it took ages to get into it, but then I ended up falling completely in love :)
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    • It should be spoiler free for Red Seas, only Lies that there are (obvious) spoilers for given the events at the end of Lies ;-)

  2. I completely agree with the lack of clever plotting. In fact the entire election game premise I felt was critically ignored in this book. A rare book that I could have used being a bit longer if it added more of the genius plotting type goodness.
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    • Are you referring to The Republic of Thieves (#3) with the election game premise? Since I don’t remember an election in Red Seas, but now I’m worried I’m forgetting something D:

  3. Oh, wow. I am so glad you linked back to me for that adorable kitten gif (it really is so cute, isn’t it?), because I was able to discover this GORGEOUS and BEAUTIFUL blog of yours – hurrah! :D

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