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  1. Petrik Petrik says:

    355 StarsLet me begin by saying that if I’ve read this book without knowing about Scott Lynch’s struggle with depression during this 6 years time of writing it I’ll probably rate this book lower This doesn’t mean that the book received a better rating from me because of his depression but the knowledge did provide me with a better sense of understanding to the events that happened in this book specifically to why some parts are infuriating to read and why there are times when the words he wrote really hit home “I don't expect life to make sense he said after a few moments but it could certainly be pleasant if it would stop kicking us in the balls” The Lies of Locke Lamora dealt with revenge caper Red Seas Under Red Skies focus on heist and piracy this installment revolves heavily around politics and the romance between Locke and Sabetha The Republic of Thieves the third book in The Gentleman Bastard Seuence series started strongly The first 30% of the book was so great and I thought it was actually shaping up to the best in the series so far but sadly the uality of the story fluctuates after thatThere were two issues within this book that stopped me from giving it a better rating First the plot The plot still followed the storytelling structure of the series this means that the narrative was told from the present and the past interlude time frame It remains that way from the start until the end The story begins 6 weeks after the end of the second book a Bondsmagi approaches Locke and Jean and the Bondsmagi offers an opportunity that will incredibly benefit both of them But they must first succeed in rigging the election in the city of Karthain the city of the Bondsmages towards the Bondsmagi’s preference Unfortunately the overall story felt lacking in uality in my opinion Once Locke and Jean reached the city of Karthain the election rigging and politics felt boring to read Don’t get me wrong I love politics in my epichigh fantasy reads but the politics itself felt unimportant to the main overarching story of the series and I was proven right by the statement of the characters themselves Additionally the main narrative of the interludes section deals with the characters reenacting a play called ‘Republic of Thieves and again they were uninteresting There’s no intensity here; almost no sense of danger was felt throughout the whole book except in the first 30% and the last 10% The iconic scheming of the series was still there but some other crucial elements that made the series so good—Locke’s wits and the bromance between Locke and Jean—were scarce in comparison This brings my review to the second issue I had with the book the romance between Locke and SabethaSince the first book the name Sabetha has been mentioned often as this mysterious lover to Locke Lamora and Scott Lynch did a great job building up expectations for her character It’s safe to say though that my expectation leads to disappointment Not only Sabetha was not as compelling as the other cast of The Gentleman Bastards but she was also infuriating; for some reason she reminded me of Denna from The Kingkiller Chronicle series She’s smart and a definite rival to Locke in terms of wits and intellect but she continuously treated Locke like crap and yet Locke can’t help but still be madly in love with her Once again similar to Kvothe’s relationship with Denna There’s probably a reason for this but it’s not 100% confirmed yet Regardless I doubt it would change my opinion that it wasn’t enjoyable to readPicture Locke Lamora Sabetha in Republic of Thieves Chinese edition coverThat said although I disliked the portrayal of the romance I do have to admit that their relationship was well written I can’t possibly say or confirm the author’s intention but maybe Scott has always wanted the readers to feel Locke’s love and pain with Sabetha and there could be a subliminal message in their relationship caused by Lynch’s divorce during the time of writing this book I won’t spoil you on the details but some of the passages did conjure a sadness in me; I may not like the romance but I do think that Lynch has successfully poured his feelings articulately through Locke and Sabetha’s relationship “He said that life boils down to standing in line to get shit dropped on your head Everyone's got a place in the ueue you can't get out of it and just when you start to congratulate yourself on surviving your dose of shit you discover that the line is actually circular” Now hearing my issues with the book you might be wondering why I still gave it 35 stars Let’s move on to the positive aspectsExcluding the main story The Republic of Thieves was undoubtedly the best in the series so far in terms of providing characters exposure and characterizations to the crew of The Gentleman Bastards; I’ll say even better than the first book in the series This was especially evident in the first 30% of the book and pretty much the entire “interludes” sections What made the first 30% of the book so good to me was because it displayed Locke's Jean's friendship Locke and Jean will always have a place in my heart as one of the best duo of all time along with WaxWayne from Mistborn Saga and DarrowSevro from Red Rising trilogyPicture The Gentleman Bastards when they were youngThe amount of depth given towards Locke Lamora was stunning His background his personality and his relationship development with the Gentleman Bastards were superbly written It’s practically undeniable Locke is an amazing character; this book shone so many lights towards the complexity of his character and I honestly can’t wait to read of his journeyFinally prose wise this is Lynch’s best writing so far There are indeed less crude dialogues and the story itself—in my opinion—wasn’t as entertaining to read but by all means this doesn’t imply that the writing was inferior Looking back at what I’ve just read there seemed to be noticeable differences in tone and story direction between the first and second half of the novel Lynch himself did mention that his depression changed what he set out to write at first Here’s an excerpt of the interview done by SFF with Lynch regarding his struggle with depression and why it took six years to write this book The title of the interview is ‘Depression is a bastard’ “I like to think that since I’m now a member of that tribe I’m a little cognizant about how I portray mental illness But the depression isn’t reflected in it per se everything else I frickin’ went through during those years is in that book thoughRepublic turned into a different book from what I started That was the divorce One of the most helpful things my mom said was that a divorce is like death It’s like a third person in your life dies And when I pulled myself back together and started writing again I realized the story I was telling was not the one I started” Scott Lynch I’m not an expert on this subject I’ll just put one of Locke’s uotes as a message to you as an encouragement To anyone who struggles with depression this could be Lynch’s message to you “uit being so hard on yourself We are what we are; we love what we love We don't need to justify it to anyone not even to ourselves” Despite giving a 35 stars rating The Republic of Thieves is still a great book The rating reflects my disappointment than the uality of the book itself Although this is my least favorite installment in the series so far this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read this book if you’re already a fan of the series I personally think it’s amazing that Lynch was able to write three books with different settings stories and tones within the same series by using the same main characters One last thing there’s a high chance that the next book in the series The Thorn of Emberlain will be magnificent because The Republic of Thieves felt or less like a setup for it to shinePicture The Gentleman Bastard Seuence Book 1 2 3 collageFull interview link


  2. Merphy Napier Merphy Napier says:

    I have no complaints No critiues This series is perfect in my eyes It's my new favorite series of them all I cannot WAIT for book four


  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    “You want a lesson boy? If you find yourself being born climb back in as uick as you can because life’s a bottomless feast of shit” And isn’t that the truth? Locke Lamora has been through hell and his life is about to get even messy After dealing with a dreaded Bondmagi in the Lies of Locke Lamora and somehow surviving Locke has found himself on borrowed time after his experience in Red Seas Under Red SkiesPumping through his veins is a deadly poison It is slowly eating away at his organs until nothing remains His blood is trying to escape from his body seeping through his eyes his fingers and who knows where else It’s a nasty way to go and there’s no known cure Sounds like the end of his thieving days until someone very unexpected offers him a deal in exchange for his life A tempting offer though even death sounds appealing than working for such a nasty bunch of people Locke’s a survivor though; he will take his chances and live to steal another dayLet the game begin Here’s where the novel started to get real interesting Told side by side with the main story Lynch revisits Locke’s childhood once There was once a girl Sabetha someone who has haunted his steps since the day he met her Locke is a charmer As an adult he is the kind of guy who can get anything he wants and anyone he wants if he really applied his mind to it But he doesn’t He’s only ever wanted one person His love was strong pure and enduring And now he is about to face off against her as part of the deal he accepted On opposing sides of an election between the Bondmagi each thief has been tasked with insuring that their respective party wins the day They test each other’s wits engage in underhand moves and try to remove their opponent in the most efficient of ways The mages sit back and enjoy the show No blood is allowed to be spilled so this very much remains a game of intellect between two euals It became even interesting as the sub plot how Locke and Sabetha first became romantically involved is told along with it Lynch really knows how to end his chapters on a powerful line that just keeps you hooked on the story I stormed through this book as I wanted to see how the past shaped the future The romance plot was elouently handled Locke loves Sabetha and he understands that she needs space and time but what he struggles to understand is the fact that she is his eual as a thief She doesn’t want to exist in his shadow She wants to create her own legend not be part of someone else’s Time will bring them back together again though I don’t think things will ever work out the way Locke wants But that’s life This has easily been the strongest book in the series so far I really look forward to seeing how it all develops in the future


  4. Lady Luna. ✨ Lady Luna. ✨ says:

    45 “False names are fun” said Calo “Call me Beefwit Smallcock” this review contains mass amounts of uotes and fanart because I'm so inlove with these books and can't get enough You have been warnedThis is a tough review for me to write mainly because I really love this series and consider it a favorite so I had high expectations for this novel However my expectations for this one were not met and I'm kinda disappointed I really truly feel it is the weakest story in the series so far Why? Well this book was BORING Don't get me wrong I still really enjoyed reading it but it wasn't that fun to read and I found myself losing interest It was actually kind of a chore I think the reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much is due to the amount of politics and the fact that there is no complex scheme happening in the background it didn't have its usual excitement I personally just hated the fact that the whole novel was basically about Lockes obsession for Sabetha an election and a goddamn play There was no heisty goodness or any badassery Like there wasn't even a good FIGHT in this whole novel It's fucking blasphemy I swear I nearly died of boredom I do however understand the importance of this novel to the overall plot line Yes it was boring however it was good and informative We found out a lot about Lockes past and we also finally meet Sabetha We also find out Lockes real nameinsert incoherent screaming this is honestly the thing I've looked most forward to all series So I still loved this special gem I understand that Scott Lynch started suffering from depression during the making of this novel that's also the reason the wait on book four has been prolonged I have a lot of sympathy for depression suffers and I'm really proud of Scott he still managed to write such an amazing story while suffering internally And I hope him a uick recovery “Three things must you kiss before I let you spook me for good My boots my balls and my ass” The plot is a continuation of the last story Locke is poisoned and dying slowly Jean has hired all the physikers to have him healed however the poison has gone too far A mysterious stranger turns up on the doorstep with a cure However the price for the cure is to work for the Magi of Karthain Who Locke and Jean have a rocky past with Locke soon finds out that his beloved Sabetha is also working for the Magi So what will the Gentleman Bastards decide to do?This is a tale of how Locke fell for Sabetha It was uite cute like had me smiling so much my jaw was sore the next day and it was also extremely funny with LOADS of banter So overall a okay book I just hate romance and found this book to focus mainly on the romance which just becomes boring for me especially when you know how they end up because of the prior books mention of Lockes feelings for Sabetha Speaking of Sabetha I just have to say I really truly love Sabetha I think she is amazing I totally get why people hate her BUT I love her I swear she's exactly like Locke only snarky She's perfection Literally the most sassy character to ever exist “I try to live by a cardinal rule of our shared profession namely ‘always leave a sucker wanting ’ ” I love flashbacks to Lockes past with Chains for a few reasons abecause the sass is strong b because of the Sanza twins I love them so much Especially Calo💕 “The hell you’ll do it” said Calo “You and that shaved head you look like a vulture’s cock This job calls for some elegance” c Chains is hilarious staunch I love him “Touch either of my children again” said Chains in a tone of voice unlike anything Locke had ever heard “and I’ll break you into so many fucking pieces not a whore in the city will ever be able to figure out which wrinkled scrap to suck” Seriously I'm so glad we had the flashbacks if it wasn't for the Sanza twins and the whack shit they say I swear I wouldn't have been able to finish this novel Also there wasn't enough Jean in this novel I love him missed him yeah he was there but he didn't do much Jean chapters are normally my favourite chapters “Jean poured two glasses of wine and set one in front of Locke He took a swig from his own It tasted like something out of a tanning vat“Ah” he said “demonic ass wash Just the thing” The ending was amazing especially the last ten pages Like I wish the whole book was as exciting as that ending Can book four PLEASE HURRY UP The suspense is already killing meRecommended to all fantasy fans 15 due to the amount of swearing fuckery “More Camorri than you’ve ever seen in your fucking life Not just us or the other three currently toiling on your behalf on the other side of this pimple of a city I mean big unreasonable cross eyed motherfuckers straight out of the wombs of hell and they’ll take you for a ride Locked in a box ten days all the way to Camorr sloshing in your own piss” All fanart used in this review is by Kejablank


  5. jessica jessica says:

    i couldnt help it i was planning on waiting to read this closer to the release of book 4 but after ‘red seas under red skies’ i just couldnt do it i was desperate to know what happened next while this is my least favourite installment of the series thus far that really isnt saying much because its still pretty amazing i feel like the tone is different from the previous two books in that this is a much slower and less plot oriented story it definitely focuses on the characters their relationships and their pasts i honestly dont mind this because there hasnt been much of this type of narration in the series so far so i kinda feel like SL is playing catch up a bit with his character development and the jury is still out on how i feel about the ever elusive sabetha for being this mysterious woman i wasnt exactly blown away by her but i can appreciate what she brought to progression of the storyoverall this is still just as engaging complex and bastardly as ever↠ 45 stars


  6. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    By this point I fully confess I AM DOOMED TO LOVE EVERY BOOK IN THE GENTLEMEN BASTARD SERIES Doomed I tell you Because it's hurting me but I'm so obsessed I can't stop???? And although this one is actually my least favourite of the 3 so farit's still freaking 5 stars So DOOMED I say again and then I fall on a heap on the floor because The Thorn of Emberlain doesn't come out till April and I'm suuuuuuffering with the waitingNOTE the cliffhanger isn't actually as bad as the last book'sNOTE #2 that doesn't stop me hungering for the next one so so badly that I'm climbing my bookshelf and screeching at the moonNOTE #3 status rabid fan level 10 acuiredA BRIEF RUNDOWN OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK• it features politics because they get hired to rig an election• it's also aaaaaall about Bonds Mages again Not the Falconer but just the bonds mages in general and it really surprised me how lowkey they generally were• Except oh boy do those bond mages go and mess with your brain 100% of the time and then THAT ENDING HOLY KELP IN A BARNACLE BOWL THAT ENDING• There is a plot twist that may or may not be true about Locke and his real identity and I'm dead• SABETHA IS BACK Or well here for the first time We've had two books of Locke thinking about her and BOOM she's an actual person• It does backflashes to Locke's childhood where he and the Bastard crew went on an acting sprint and it's hilarious and perfect and shows how he and Sabeth first fell in love when they were about 16• there is so much swearing and black humour and it's just perfect• It's clever So much con artisting• I'M ADDICTED• I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN WITH JUST HOW MUCH I LOVE IT OKAYJean and Locke continue to be epic bros They fight a LOT less in this book And like book #2 is Jean's romance life so book #3 is Locke's Unfortunately Jean's idea of romance is like fighting enemies onboard a ship with wind blowing in your hair next to the love of your life as canons fire around them Locke's idea on the other hand is falling on his face every time he sees his crush because CRUSH and then getting poisoned by her and he's not even madIf Locke Was In Mean GirlsLock one time Sabetha hit me in the faceand it was AWESOMEJean hits himself repeatedly in a brick wall and asks what he did to deserve being around LockeYEAH OKAY I ADMIT I felt the romance sucked a lot The problem is Sabetha I did not like her fiends I did not She has the better than thou attitude down pat And Locke is just BONKERS for her and is a real idiot all the time around her and it was so frustrating because he's smarter than this And she plays the game of lead him on; smack him down and takes any opportunity to run away from himwhile still sending messages that she loves him Like wut Why THIS IS NOT OKAY If the romance positions were flipped and it was a girl weeping after a boy who lead the girl on it wouldn't be okay at all I did however end up somewhat shipping them But Alsono LockeJean 4EVA They actually care about each other dudeAnd also like I enjoyed the story 999% OF COURSE because theses are my favourite boys But going from pirates on the high seas to politics was a definite drop for me Mostly the politics were staging dastardly prank ish warsso it wasn't like confusing or anything It was fun It was full of schemes and cons But Pirates??? How can anything live up to tHE GLORY THAT WERE THOSE PIRATES IN BOOK 2 But omg Did I mention the freaking plot twists yet?? I'm so so so so floored I cannot wait for book 4 so badly because I NEED ANSWERS ABOUT LOCKE'S PAST Also I know Locke's full name and it's hilariously terribleOTHER THINGS I LOVED• how much I laughed• like full on choking I was laughing so hard at the sass and uips• which is awkward when one is listening to an audio FYIpeople begin to think you're nuts• the broship between JeanLocke gives me life• everyone constantly nearly dies and it's great• backstabbing• people playing people who are playing people• so much info about the Bond Mages which was interesting• Jean is hopelessly addicted to coffee and it's relatable• Locke gets a prophecy that's freaking me out view spoiler Key crown child???? Okay so obviously Locke steals a lot of money gets crowned king he and Sabeth have a child then he gets murdered so the fans never know happiness #predictions hide spoiler


  7. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    Hardship is boring as all hell Gotta find laughs if you can't stay drunk What a great fantasy series this is I did find this one ever so slightly harder to tackle it's a good 100 pages longer than book 2 and a lot of the content was uite political and less fast movingLocke and Jean have managed to escape their latest escapade on the high seas and are now firmly back on land Before long they have been swept up by the Bondsmagi and forced into another heist filled with deception and trickeryThe narrative switches between the present day and flashbacks to when the Gentleman's Bastards were young and given an important task by father chains to become part of a group of players and learn to work togetherWe finally get to meet Sabetha in this book which is great as we'd heard so much about her in the first two books Her onoff relationship with Locke kept me on edge particuarly when it turns out that Sabetha had also been hired by the Bondsmagi to compete against Locke and JeanWith all the double crossing and secret keeping we have come to expect from Locke Lamora there is plenty to keep the reader interested So much intricate world building and a big twist at the endI'm not sure how long we will be waiting for book 4 so I may reread the first 3 before that happens I don't expect life to make sensebut it would certainly be pleasant if it would stop kicking us in the balls


  8. Dana Ilie Dana Ilie says:

    I LOVED the flashbacks in the The Lies of Locke Lamora and I LOVED seeing the gentlemen bastards all working and interacting with each other In Red Seas Under Red Skies those flashback were only there for a little bit and I severely missed seeing all the bastards together Not this time though In The Republic of Thieves we have a full book of interlude flashbacks that contain all the original members of the gentleman bastard include SabethaThe flashback this time dealt at first with how Locke and Sabetha first met – how Locke was such a little school boy trying to talk to and impress her – to suddenly everyone goes to a theatre pretending to be actors to start in the play The Republic of ThievesIn The Republic of Thieves the framework of the past operates around Locke and Sabetha's shared history while the present is a competition over elections in a foreign country the Bondsmagi's backyard And it really is a competition an utterly hilarious one as Locke and Sabetha strive against and with each other smacking you in the face with how ridiculous politics in elections becomeWe get of the mysterious creepers that are the Bondsmagi with alarming implications of what's to come in future books We get of Jean Tannen and he keeps pushing Locke too We get horrifying situations and the characters' wit has me snickering through them We get an ending that is bittersweet and perfectI have to say its incredible reading how Locke’s characters has changed over these three books The Locke I first met in Lies and as a child with Chains is nothing like the Locke we see in this book Heck the Locke at the start and end is different But what’s so incredible is through all of Locke’s character personality and motive not once I have uestion how he did this or why he suddenly believes thatFans of the series know how much of a rollercoaster life has taken Locke on but somehow Scott has made it all make sense Not one time have I ever uestions one word action motive or choice that Locke has made – or any character for that matterThe Republic of Thieves packs a punch or three and it's fun besides It's not what I was expecting but I'm delighted with what we got


  9. Susan Susan says:

    This review doesn’t really contain spoilers until the second part when I say there are spoilers However some vague information about earlier books is drawn upon in the first part If you’re being cautious don’t read this reviewUpon first discovering its impending release Sabetha?Wait Wait you mean we actually get to meet Sabetha?Well Jesus I've been wanting to meet this 'Sabetha' forever If she's the reason Locke is both obsessed with and wary of red heads I want to know who she is If saying 'What would Sabetha think of you right now?' can shock Locke out of a depressed stupor I want to know why If he swoons upon thought of her grimaces upon hearing her name and gets defensive upon mention of his feelings towards herwell you get the picture I want to know who the frick this woman is to be able to make the Bastard a gibbering mess of self pityLocke's match in skill and wit? Really? There actually is such a thing?I suppose for someone as vain as our dear Locke his infatuation must be just soNow he will oppose her? I'm not sure if I'm excited for him or if I feel bad for himWe haven't even seen her 'in scene' in any of the reminiscences Just her name mentioned her whereabouts just partially revealed or something vaguely said about her general appearance We know for sure that Locke finds her attractive She is the only female Gentleman excuse me Lady Bastard She's done something unforgivable though it is unclear what We know she is far far away We know that she's a genius a freaking MATCH IN WITS with our dear Locke She is the Rose of Camorr whereas Locke is the Thorn She's most likely older than him as Chains mentions signs of puberty appearing in her much earlier than in Locke She's a red head which isn't a secret She's mad insane as according to anyone who had ever met her Locke still loves her or her memory at least I supposeI'm going to assume she is nearly identical in personality to Mr Lamora Mostly because well Locke is a self obsessed narcissist at times Sure he's had his moments of self judgement But mostly he's a conceited asshole I'm not saying we don't love him for it I'm just listing factsI'm also going to assume that when Locke lays eyes on her again Jean will have to hold up his slack inanimate body I'm just guessing but you have to agree that it's rather logical take into consideration both Locke's image of her as described by Lynch and some of Lynch's character reaction tendencies and there you go Consider it a theoryI'm excited if you didn't pick that up alreadyEdit 8612God I hope it's really coming out this month Oh Lord I pray to theeEdit LaterWhatdayaknow? It's notEdit Even LaterGODDAMMIT LYNCHEdit Even Even LaterOooooh so now it's coming out October this year 2013? I'm almost afraid to hope soBut I really really hope soEdit Much LaterYEEEEEESSSSS IIIIII HAAAAAAAAVVVVVVEEEEEE IIIIIITTTTTTTTTTEdit Upon FinishingOh My GodIt wasn't a love story love stories make me angry but it was just right in that it portrayed love but still kept it in the background of the overall storyAnd when the book DID reveal it and decided to play with it a little bit the story reached heavenly proportions Oh my GodSpoiler free overviewThe StoryHe's in loveBut his 'long ago lover' left him years and years ago However when he finally joins her again she is his enemy by designThey are working against each other much as they did in childhood revealed through Interludes to achieve opposing endsAnd in the end Locke's true ancestry is revealedThere is brief foreshadowing of his ancestry by the way you may catch itThe InterludesSabetha was Locke's first Minder an older child assigned to himself and some others as an overseer during his earlier childhoodUpon first sight when she spoke her first word to him he fell in love though he didn't know this yetLater in life they are both assigned to Chains and as they age things become complicated between themEventually Chains sends them away during these 'awkward years' to get a hold of themselves and relearn to work together as a team rather than argue like old men and womenThey are sent away to work for a man named Jasmer Moncraine an actor head of the Moncraine Company preparing to preform a play entitled 'The Republic of Thieves'And despite the fact that this goes horribly wrong the group of young Brother and Sister Bastards do become reliant on each other once


  10. Adina Adina says:

    25 3 RTCI was in love with the first book in the series The Lies of Locke Lamora Everything about it made me jump with joy while reading even the gory parts I loved the characters the cussing the banter between the characters the dark side of Locke’s mind even the never ending world building On to Red Seas Under Red Skies I still enjoyed it a lot even though than half was set on the sea and I am not a fan of seafaring Still the plot was interesting Locke and Jean were as fun as ever and the ending did not disappoint The Republic of Thieves on the other hand was a disappointment I postponed reading it because I was expecting a fail based on my friends reviews and the author’s state of mind when he wrote the novel Scott Lynch suffers from severe anxiety and depression and wrote TROT while going through a divorce You can clearly see that he was unwell in his writing by its bleakness and lack of spark I am sorry for him I hope he recovers and manages to continue the series but I will not give extra points for sympathy I will write my reviews for the content of what I’m reading Why was I so disappointed? Let’s start with the plot It was boring stale and the resolution lacked the spark of genius that the other two volumes had In short and spoiler free Locke and Jean are hired coerced by half of the Bondsmagi to help them winrig an election between two parties Surprise the opposition hires Sabetha counter Locke’s efforts We finally get to meet the infamous love of Locke’s life and they are supposed to be fighting with each other It should have been amazing fireworks should fly around I shouldn’t have been able to put the book down Sadly that did not happen The whole election intrigue was lacking any life and I sort of just wanted to end Next the love story We waited for 1200 pages or so to meet Sabetha and when we did it was so anticlimactic and lame I could not see any chemistry between the two of them although the author tried hard to create some Locke felt a bit pathetic with his puppy love attitude and his willingness to suffer continuously because of love Thirdly the side story which covers about half of the book We are taken back in time when the crew was still together and younger They are sent by Father Chains to play in an itinerant theater company outside Camorr and there they are faced with a number of challenges We also get the chance to see how Sabetha and Locke got together Sadly this part was a boring as the other onet and again there was no chemistry between the two lovebirds The first 100 pages and the last 100 saved the novel for me but it wasn’t enough to make it a good read I will continue with the series if the author ever gets to finish the next one which I doubt but I will not hold my hopes too high


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The Republic of Thieves ❮Read❯ ➪ The Republic of Thieves Author Scott Lynch – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour Locke and his trusted partner Jean have barely escaped with their lives Or at least Jean has But Locke is slowly s With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour Locke and his trusted partner Jean have barely escaped with their lives Or at least Jean has But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure Yet just as the end is near a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for allMagi political elections are imminent and the factions are in need of a pawn If The Republic ePUB ´ Locke agrees to play the role sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death Locke is opposed but two factors cause his will to crumble Jean's imploring and the Bondsmage's mention of a woman from Locke's past Sabetha She is the love of his life his eual in skill and wit and now his greatest rival Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief in training But after a tumultuous courtship Sabetha broke away Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha or to woo her It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.

  • Hardcover
  • 650 pages
  • The Republic of Thieves
  • Scott Lynch
  • English
  • 01 August 2016
  • 9780553804690

About the Author: Scott Lynch

I was born in St Paul Minnesota on April the first of three brothers I've lived in the MinneapolisSt Paul area my entire life; currently just across the border in Wisconsin about half an hour east of the Twin Cities The Lies of Locke Lamora my first novel was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this s.


10 thoughts on “The Republic of Thieves

  1. Petrik Petrik says:

    355 StarsLet me begin by saying that if I’ve read this book without knowing about Scott Lynch’s struggle with depression during this 6 years time of writing it I’ll probably rate this book lower This doesn’t mean that the book received a better rating from me because of his depression but the knowledge did provide me with a better sense of understanding to the events that happened in this book specifically to why some parts are infuriating to read and why there are times when the words he wrote really hit home “I don't expect life to make sense he said after a few moments but it could certainly be pleasant if it would stop kicking us in the balls” The Lies of Locke Lamora dealt with revenge caper Red Seas Under Red Skies focus on heist and piracy this installment revolves heavily around politics and the romance between Locke and Sabetha The Republic of Thieves the third book in The Gentleman Bastard Seuence series started strongly The first 30% of the book was so great and I thought it was actually shaping up to the best in the series so far but sadly the uality of the story fluctuates after thatThere were two issues within this book that stopped me from giving it a better rating First the plot The plot still followed the storytelling structure of the series this means that the narrative was told from the present and the past interlude time frame It remains that way from the start until the end The story begins 6 weeks after the end of the second book a Bondsmagi approaches Locke and Jean and the Bondsmagi offers an opportunity that will incredibly benefit both of them But they must first succeed in rigging the election in the city of Karthain the city of the Bondsmages towards the Bondsmagi’s preference Unfortunately the overall story felt lacking in uality in my opinion Once Locke and Jean reached the city of Karthain the election rigging and politics felt boring to read Don’t get me wrong I love politics in my epichigh fantasy reads but the politics itself felt unimportant to the main overarching story of the series and I was proven right by the statement of the characters themselves Additionally the main narrative of the interludes section deals with the characters reenacting a play called ‘Republic of Thieves and again they were uninteresting There’s no intensity here; almost no sense of danger was felt throughout the whole book except in the first 30% and the last 10% The iconic scheming of the series was still there but some other crucial elements that made the series so good—Locke’s wits and the bromance between Locke and Jean—were scarce in comparison This brings my review to the second issue I had with the book the romance between Locke and SabethaSince the first book the name Sabetha has been mentioned often as this mysterious lover to Locke Lamora and Scott Lynch did a great job building up expectations for her character It’s safe to say though that my expectation leads to disappointment Not only Sabetha was not as compelling as the other cast of The Gentleman Bastards but she was also infuriating; for some reason she reminded me of Denna from The Kingkiller Chronicle series She’s smart and a definite rival to Locke in terms of wits and intellect but she continuously treated Locke like crap and yet Locke can’t help but still be madly in love with her Once again similar to Kvothe’s relationship with Denna There’s probably a reason for this but it’s not 100% confirmed yet Regardless I doubt it would change my opinion that it wasn’t enjoyable to readPicture Locke Lamora Sabetha in Republic of Thieves Chinese edition coverThat said although I disliked the portrayal of the romance I do have to admit that their relationship was well written I can’t possibly say or confirm the author’s intention but maybe Scott has always wanted the readers to feel Locke’s love and pain with Sabetha and there could be a subliminal message in their relationship caused by Lynch’s divorce during the time of writing this book I won’t spoil you on the details but some of the passages did conjure a sadness in me; I may not like the romance but I do think that Lynch has successfully poured his feelings articulately through Locke and Sabetha’s relationship “He said that life boils down to standing in line to get shit dropped on your head Everyone's got a place in the ueue you can't get out of it and just when you start to congratulate yourself on surviving your dose of shit you discover that the line is actually circular” Now hearing my issues with the book you might be wondering why I still gave it 35 stars Let’s move on to the positive aspectsExcluding the main story The Republic of Thieves was undoubtedly the best in the series so far in terms of providing characters exposure and characterizations to the crew of The Gentleman Bastards; I’ll say even better than the first book in the series This was especially evident in the first 30% of the book and pretty much the entire “interludes” sections What made the first 30% of the book so good to me was because it displayed Locke's Jean's friendship Locke and Jean will always have a place in my heart as one of the best duo of all time along with WaxWayne from Mistborn Saga and DarrowSevro from Red Rising trilogyPicture The Gentleman Bastards when they were youngThe amount of depth given towards Locke Lamora was stunning His background his personality and his relationship development with the Gentleman Bastards were superbly written It’s practically undeniable Locke is an amazing character; this book shone so many lights towards the complexity of his character and I honestly can’t wait to read of his journeyFinally prose wise this is Lynch’s best writing so far There are indeed less crude dialogues and the story itself—in my opinion—wasn’t as entertaining to read but by all means this doesn’t imply that the writing was inferior Looking back at what I’ve just read there seemed to be noticeable differences in tone and story direction between the first and second half of the novel Lynch himself did mention that his depression changed what he set out to write at first Here’s an excerpt of the interview done by SFF with Lynch regarding his struggle with depression and why it took six years to write this book The title of the interview is ‘Depression is a bastard’ “I like to think that since I’m now a member of that tribe I’m a little cognizant about how I portray mental illness But the depression isn’t reflected in it per se everything else I frickin’ went through during those years is in that book thoughRepublic turned into a different book from what I started That was the divorce One of the most helpful things my mom said was that a divorce is like death It’s like a third person in your life dies And when I pulled myself back together and started writing again I realized the story I was telling was not the one I started” Scott Lynch I’m not an expert on this subject I’ll just put one of Locke’s uotes as a message to you as an encouragement To anyone who struggles with depression this could be Lynch’s message to you “uit being so hard on yourself We are what we are; we love what we love We don't need to justify it to anyone not even to ourselves” Despite giving a 35 stars rating The Republic of Thieves is still a great book The rating reflects my disappointment than the uality of the book itself Although this is my least favorite installment in the series so far this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read this book if you’re already a fan of the series I personally think it’s amazing that Lynch was able to write three books with different settings stories and tones within the same series by using the same main characters One last thing there’s a high chance that the next book in the series The Thorn of Emberlain will be magnificent because The Republic of Thieves felt or less like a setup for it to shinePicture The Gentleman Bastard Seuence Book 1 2 3 collageFull interview link

  2. Merphy Napier Merphy Napier says:

    I have no complaints No critiues This series is perfect in my eyes It's my new favorite series of them all I cannot WAIT for book four

  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    “You want a lesson boy? If you find yourself being born climb back in as uick as you can because life’s a bottomless feast of shit” And isn’t that the truth? Locke Lamora has been through hell and his life is about to get even messy After dealing with a dreaded Bondmagi in the Lies of Locke Lamora and somehow surviving Locke has found himself on borrowed time after his experience in Red Seas Under Red SkiesPumping through his veins is a deadly poison It is slowly eating away at his organs until nothing remains His blood is trying to escape from his body seeping through his eyes his fingers and who knows where else It’s a nasty way to go and there’s no known cure Sounds like the end of his thieving days until someone very unexpected offers him a deal in exchange for his life A tempting offer though even death sounds appealing than working for such a nasty bunch of people Locke’s a survivor though; he will take his chances and live to steal another dayLet the game begin Here’s where the novel started to get real interesting Told side by side with the main story Lynch revisits Locke’s childhood once There was once a girl Sabetha someone who has haunted his steps since the day he met her Locke is a charmer As an adult he is the kind of guy who can get anything he wants and anyone he wants if he really applied his mind to it But he doesn’t He’s only ever wanted one person His love was strong pure and enduring And now he is about to face off against her as part of the deal he accepted On opposing sides of an election between the Bondmagi each thief has been tasked with insuring that their respective party wins the day They test each other’s wits engage in underhand moves and try to remove their opponent in the most efficient of ways The mages sit back and enjoy the show No blood is allowed to be spilled so this very much remains a game of intellect between two euals It became even interesting as the sub plot how Locke and Sabetha first became romantically involved is told along with it Lynch really knows how to end his chapters on a powerful line that just keeps you hooked on the story I stormed through this book as I wanted to see how the past shaped the future The romance plot was elouently handled Locke loves Sabetha and he understands that she needs space and time but what he struggles to understand is the fact that she is his eual as a thief She doesn’t want to exist in his shadow She wants to create her own legend not be part of someone else’s Time will bring them back together again though I don’t think things will ever work out the way Locke wants But that’s life This has easily been the strongest book in the series so far I really look forward to seeing how it all develops in the future

  4. Lady Luna. ✨ Lady Luna. ✨ says:

    45 “False names are fun” said Calo “Call me Beefwit Smallcock” this review contains mass amounts of uotes and fanart because I'm so inlove with these books and can't get enough You have been warnedThis is a tough review for me to write mainly because I really love this series and consider it a favorite so I had high expectations for this novel However my expectations for this one were not met and I'm kinda disappointed I really truly feel it is the weakest story in the series so far Why? Well this book was BORING Don't get me wrong I still really enjoyed reading it but it wasn't that fun to read and I found myself losing interest It was actually kind of a chore I think the reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much is due to the amount of politics and the fact that there is no complex scheme happening in the background it didn't have its usual excitement I personally just hated the fact that the whole novel was basically about Lockes obsession for Sabetha an election and a goddamn play There was no heisty goodness or any badassery Like there wasn't even a good FIGHT in this whole novel It's fucking blasphemy I swear I nearly died of boredom I do however understand the importance of this novel to the overall plot line Yes it was boring however it was good and informative We found out a lot about Lockes past and we also finally meet Sabetha We also find out Lockes real nameinsert incoherent screaming this is honestly the thing I've looked most forward to all series So I still loved this special gem I understand that Scott Lynch started suffering from depression during the making of this novel that's also the reason the wait on book four has been prolonged I have a lot of sympathy for depression suffers and I'm really proud of Scott he still managed to write such an amazing story while suffering internally And I hope him a uick recovery “Three things must you kiss before I let you spook me for good My boots my balls and my ass” The plot is a continuation of the last story Locke is poisoned and dying slowly Jean has hired all the physikers to have him healed however the poison has gone too far A mysterious stranger turns up on the doorstep with a cure However the price for the cure is to work for the Magi of Karthain Who Locke and Jean have a rocky past with Locke soon finds out that his beloved Sabetha is also working for the Magi So what will the Gentleman Bastards decide to do?This is a tale of how Locke fell for Sabetha It was uite cute like had me smiling so much my jaw was sore the next day and it was also extremely funny with LOADS of banter So overall a okay book I just hate romance and found this book to focus mainly on the romance which just becomes boring for me especially when you know how they end up because of the prior books mention of Lockes feelings for Sabetha Speaking of Sabetha I just have to say I really truly love Sabetha I think she is amazing I totally get why people hate her BUT I love her I swear she's exactly like Locke only snarky She's perfection Literally the most sassy character to ever exist “I try to live by a cardinal rule of our shared profession namely ‘always leave a sucker wanting ’ ” I love flashbacks to Lockes past with Chains for a few reasons abecause the sass is strong b because of the Sanza twins I love them so much Especially Calo💕 “The hell you’ll do it” said Calo “You and that shaved head you look like a vulture’s cock This job calls for some elegance” c Chains is hilarious staunch I love him “Touch either of my children again” said Chains in a tone of voice unlike anything Locke had ever heard “and I’ll break you into so many fucking pieces not a whore in the city will ever be able to figure out which wrinkled scrap to suck” Seriously I'm so glad we had the flashbacks if it wasn't for the Sanza twins and the whack shit they say I swear I wouldn't have been able to finish this novel Also there wasn't enough Jean in this novel I love him missed him yeah he was there but he didn't do much Jean chapters are normally my favourite chapters “Jean poured two glasses of wine and set one in front of Locke He took a swig from his own It tasted like something out of a tanning vat“Ah” he said “demonic ass wash Just the thing” The ending was amazing especially the last ten pages Like I wish the whole book was as exciting as that ending Can book four PLEASE HURRY UP The suspense is already killing meRecommended to all fantasy fans 15 due to the amount of swearing fuckery “More Camorri than you’ve ever seen in your fucking life Not just us or the other three currently toiling on your behalf on the other side of this pimple of a city I mean big unreasonable cross eyed motherfuckers straight out of the wombs of hell and they’ll take you for a ride Locked in a box ten days all the way to Camorr sloshing in your own piss” All fanart used in this review is by Kejablank

  5. jessica jessica says:

    i couldnt help it i was planning on waiting to read this closer to the release of book 4 but after ‘red seas under red skies’ i just couldnt do it i was desperate to know what happened next while this is my least favourite installment of the series thus far that really isnt saying much because its still pretty amazing i feel like the tone is different from the previous two books in that this is a much slower and less plot oriented story it definitely focuses on the characters their relationships and their pasts i honestly dont mind this because there hasnt been much of this type of narration in the series so far so i kinda feel like SL is playing catch up a bit with his character development and the jury is still out on how i feel about the ever elusive sabetha for being this mysterious woman i wasnt exactly blown away by her but i can appreciate what she brought to progression of the storyoverall this is still just as engaging complex and bastardly as ever↠ 45 stars

  6. C.G. Drews C.G. Drews says:

    By this point I fully confess I AM DOOMED TO LOVE EVERY BOOK IN THE GENTLEMEN BASTARD SERIES Doomed I tell you Because it's hurting me but I'm so obsessed I can't stop???? And although this one is actually my least favourite of the 3 so farit's still freaking 5 stars So DOOMED I say again and then I fall on a heap on the floor because The Thorn of Emberlain doesn't come out till April and I'm suuuuuuffering with the waitingNOTE the cliffhanger isn't actually as bad as the last book'sNOTE #2 that doesn't stop me hungering for the next one so so badly that I'm climbing my bookshelf and screeching at the moonNOTE #3 status rabid fan level 10 acuiredA BRIEF RUNDOWN OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK• it features politics because they get hired to rig an election• it's also aaaaaall about Bonds Mages again Not the Falconer but just the bonds mages in general and it really surprised me how lowkey they generally were• Except oh boy do those bond mages go and mess with your brain 100% of the time and then THAT ENDING HOLY KELP IN A BARNACLE BOWL THAT ENDING• There is a plot twist that may or may not be true about Locke and his real identity and I'm dead• SABETHA IS BACK Or well here for the first time We've had two books of Locke thinking about her and BOOM she's an actual person• It does backflashes to Locke's childhood where he and the Bastard crew went on an acting sprint and it's hilarious and perfect and shows how he and Sabeth first fell in love when they were about 16• there is so much swearing and black humour and it's just perfect• It's clever So much con artisting• I'M ADDICTED• I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN WITH JUST HOW MUCH I LOVE IT OKAYJean and Locke continue to be epic bros They fight a LOT less in this book And like book #2 is Jean's romance life so book #3 is Locke's Unfortunately Jean's idea of romance is like fighting enemies onboard a ship with wind blowing in your hair next to the love of your life as canons fire around them Locke's idea on the other hand is falling on his face every time he sees his crush because CRUSH and then getting poisoned by her and he's not even madIf Locke Was In Mean GirlsLock one time Sabetha hit me in the faceand it was AWESOMEJean hits himself repeatedly in a brick wall and asks what he did to deserve being around LockeYEAH OKAY I ADMIT I felt the romance sucked a lot The problem is Sabetha I did not like her fiends I did not She has the better than thou attitude down pat And Locke is just BONKERS for her and is a real idiot all the time around her and it was so frustrating because he's smarter than this And she plays the game of lead him on; smack him down and takes any opportunity to run away from himwhile still sending messages that she loves him Like wut Why THIS IS NOT OKAY If the romance positions were flipped and it was a girl weeping after a boy who lead the girl on it wouldn't be okay at all I did however end up somewhat shipping them But Alsono LockeJean 4EVA They actually care about each other dudeAnd also like I enjoyed the story 999% OF COURSE because theses are my favourite boys But going from pirates on the high seas to politics was a definite drop for me Mostly the politics were staging dastardly prank ish warsso it wasn't like confusing or anything It was fun It was full of schemes and cons But Pirates??? How can anything live up to tHE GLORY THAT WERE THOSE PIRATES IN BOOK 2 But omg Did I mention the freaking plot twists yet?? I'm so so so so floored I cannot wait for book 4 so badly because I NEED ANSWERS ABOUT LOCKE'S PAST Also I know Locke's full name and it's hilariously terribleOTHER THINGS I LOVED• how much I laughed• like full on choking I was laughing so hard at the sass and uips• which is awkward when one is listening to an audio FYIpeople begin to think you're nuts• the broship between JeanLocke gives me life• everyone constantly nearly dies and it's great• backstabbing• people playing people who are playing people• so much info about the Bond Mages which was interesting• Jean is hopelessly addicted to coffee and it's relatable• Locke gets a prophecy that's freaking me out view spoiler Key crown child???? Okay so obviously Locke steals a lot of money gets crowned king he and Sabeth have a child then he gets murdered so the fans never know happiness #predictions hide spoiler

  7. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    Hardship is boring as all hell Gotta find laughs if you can't stay drunk What a great fantasy series this is I did find this one ever so slightly harder to tackle it's a good 100 pages longer than book 2 and a lot of the content was uite political and less fast movingLocke and Jean have managed to escape their latest escapade on the high seas and are now firmly back on land Before long they have been swept up by the Bondsmagi and forced into another heist filled with deception and trickeryThe narrative switches between the present day and flashbacks to when the Gentleman's Bastards were young and given an important task by father chains to become part of a group of players and learn to work togetherWe finally get to meet Sabetha in this book which is great as we'd heard so much about her in the first two books Her onoff relationship with Locke kept me on edge particuarly when it turns out that Sabetha had also been hired by the Bondsmagi to compete against Locke and JeanWith all the double crossing and secret keeping we have come to expect from Locke Lamora there is plenty to keep the reader interested So much intricate world building and a big twist at the endI'm not sure how long we will be waiting for book 4 so I may reread the first 3 before that happens I don't expect life to make sensebut it would certainly be pleasant if it would stop kicking us in the balls

  8. Dana Ilie Dana Ilie says:

    I LOVED the flashbacks in the The Lies of Locke Lamora and I LOVED seeing the gentlemen bastards all working and interacting with each other In Red Seas Under Red Skies those flashback were only there for a little bit and I severely missed seeing all the bastards together Not this time though In The Republic of Thieves we have a full book of interlude flashbacks that contain all the original members of the gentleman bastard include SabethaThe flashback this time dealt at first with how Locke and Sabetha first met – how Locke was such a little school boy trying to talk to and impress her – to suddenly everyone goes to a theatre pretending to be actors to start in the play The Republic of ThievesIn The Republic of Thieves the framework of the past operates around Locke and Sabetha's shared history while the present is a competition over elections in a foreign country the Bondsmagi's backyard And it really is a competition an utterly hilarious one as Locke and Sabetha strive against and with each other smacking you in the face with how ridiculous politics in elections becomeWe get of the mysterious creepers that are the Bondsmagi with alarming implications of what's to come in future books We get of Jean Tannen and he keeps pushing Locke too We get horrifying situations and the characters' wit has me snickering through them We get an ending that is bittersweet and perfectI have to say its incredible reading how Locke’s characters has changed over these three books The Locke I first met in Lies and as a child with Chains is nothing like the Locke we see in this book Heck the Locke at the start and end is different But what’s so incredible is through all of Locke’s character personality and motive not once I have uestion how he did this or why he suddenly believes thatFans of the series know how much of a rollercoaster life has taken Locke on but somehow Scott has made it all make sense Not one time have I ever uestions one word action motive or choice that Locke has made – or any character for that matterThe Republic of Thieves packs a punch or three and it's fun besides It's not what I was expecting but I'm delighted with what we got

  9. Susan Susan says:

    This review doesn’t really contain spoilers until the second part when I say there are spoilers However some vague information about earlier books is drawn upon in the first part If you’re being cautious don’t read this reviewUpon first discovering its impending release Sabetha?Wait Wait you mean we actually get to meet Sabetha?Well Jesus I've been wanting to meet this 'Sabetha' forever If she's the reason Locke is both obsessed with and wary of red heads I want to know who she is If saying 'What would Sabetha think of you right now?' can shock Locke out of a depressed stupor I want to know why If he swoons upon thought of her grimaces upon hearing her name and gets defensive upon mention of his feelings towards herwell you get the picture I want to know who the frick this woman is to be able to make the Bastard a gibbering mess of self pityLocke's match in skill and wit? Really? There actually is such a thing?I suppose for someone as vain as our dear Locke his infatuation must be just soNow he will oppose her? I'm not sure if I'm excited for him or if I feel bad for himWe haven't even seen her 'in scene' in any of the reminiscences Just her name mentioned her whereabouts just partially revealed or something vaguely said about her general appearance We know for sure that Locke finds her attractive She is the only female Gentleman excuse me Lady Bastard She's done something unforgivable though it is unclear what We know she is far far away We know that she's a genius a freaking MATCH IN WITS with our dear Locke She is the Rose of Camorr whereas Locke is the Thorn She's most likely older than him as Chains mentions signs of puberty appearing in her much earlier than in Locke She's a red head which isn't a secret She's mad insane as according to anyone who had ever met her Locke still loves her or her memory at least I supposeI'm going to assume she is nearly identical in personality to Mr Lamora Mostly because well Locke is a self obsessed narcissist at times Sure he's had his moments of self judgement But mostly he's a conceited asshole I'm not saying we don't love him for it I'm just listing factsI'm also going to assume that when Locke lays eyes on her again Jean will have to hold up his slack inanimate body I'm just guessing but you have to agree that it's rather logical take into consideration both Locke's image of her as described by Lynch and some of Lynch's character reaction tendencies and there you go Consider it a theoryI'm excited if you didn't pick that up alreadyEdit 8612God I hope it's really coming out this month Oh Lord I pray to theeEdit LaterWhatdayaknow? It's notEdit Even LaterGODDAMMIT LYNCHEdit Even Even LaterOooooh so now it's coming out October this year 2013? I'm almost afraid to hope soBut I really really hope soEdit Much LaterYEEEEEESSSSS IIIIII HAAAAAAAAVVVVVVEEEEEE IIIIIITTTTTTTTTTEdit Upon FinishingOh My GodIt wasn't a love story love stories make me angry but it was just right in that it portrayed love but still kept it in the background of the overall storyAnd when the book DID reveal it and decided to play with it a little bit the story reached heavenly proportions Oh my GodSpoiler free overviewThe StoryHe's in loveBut his 'long ago lover' left him years and years ago However when he finally joins her again she is his enemy by designThey are working against each other much as they did in childhood revealed through Interludes to achieve opposing endsAnd in the end Locke's true ancestry is revealedThere is brief foreshadowing of his ancestry by the way you may catch itThe InterludesSabetha was Locke's first Minder an older child assigned to himself and some others as an overseer during his earlier childhoodUpon first sight when she spoke her first word to him he fell in love though he didn't know this yetLater in life they are both assigned to Chains and as they age things become complicated between themEventually Chains sends them away during these 'awkward years' to get a hold of themselves and relearn to work together as a team rather than argue like old men and womenThey are sent away to work for a man named Jasmer Moncraine an actor head of the Moncraine Company preparing to preform a play entitled 'The Republic of Thieves'And despite the fact that this goes horribly wrong the group of young Brother and Sister Bastards do become reliant on each other once

  10. Adina Adina says:

    25 3 RTCI was in love with the first book in the series The Lies of Locke Lamora Everything about it made me jump with joy while reading even the gory parts I loved the characters the cussing the banter between the characters the dark side of Locke’s mind even the never ending world building On to Red Seas Under Red Skies I still enjoyed it a lot even though than half was set on the sea and I am not a fan of seafaring Still the plot was interesting Locke and Jean were as fun as ever and the ending did not disappoint The Republic of Thieves on the other hand was a disappointment I postponed reading it because I was expecting a fail based on my friends reviews and the author’s state of mind when he wrote the novel Scott Lynch suffers from severe anxiety and depression and wrote TROT while going through a divorce You can clearly see that he was unwell in his writing by its bleakness and lack of spark I am sorry for him I hope he recovers and manages to continue the series but I will not give extra points for sympathy I will write my reviews for the content of what I’m reading Why was I so disappointed? Let’s start with the plot It was boring stale and the resolution lacked the spark of genius that the other two volumes had In short and spoiler free Locke and Jean are hired coerced by half of the Bondsmagi to help them winrig an election between two parties Surprise the opposition hires Sabetha counter Locke’s efforts We finally get to meet the infamous love of Locke’s life and they are supposed to be fighting with each other It should have been amazing fireworks should fly around I shouldn’t have been able to put the book down Sadly that did not happen The whole election intrigue was lacking any life and I sort of just wanted to end Next the love story We waited for 1200 pages or so to meet Sabetha and when we did it was so anticlimactic and lame I could not see any chemistry between the two of them although the author tried hard to create some Locke felt a bit pathetic with his puppy love attitude and his willingness to suffer continuously because of love Thirdly the side story which covers about half of the book We are taken back in time when the crew was still together and younger They are sent by Father Chains to play in an itinerant theater company outside Camorr and there they are faced with a number of challenges We also get the chance to see how Sabetha and Locke got together Sadly this part was a boring as the other onet and again there was no chemistry between the two lovebirds The first 100 pages and the last 100 saved the novel for me but it wasn’t enough to make it a good read I will continue with the series if the author ever gets to finish the next one which I doubt but I will not hold my hopes too high

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