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The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love this book. I am extremely sad that the remaining four books planned for the series are not instantly available for me to devour. Still thoroughly convinced that HBO would make a killing on a series based on these books.

We finally get to meet Sabetha in this book instead of just having her mentioned by the other characters, and I don't think Lynch is quite successful in his depiction of her. Josh really doesn't like her character, and although I wouldn't go that far, I can see why he doesn't. I think the problem is two-fold. First, all the other Gentleman Bastards are extremely funny and witty. I think Lynch wanted Sabetha to seem more serious next to them, but instead she seems humorless, a stick in the mud. I think that we also don't see enough of her being actual friends with the Gentleman Bastards. All we get really is the trip they take to pretend to be actors, and since they're all at odds with each other for a lot of that trip, we don't see Sabetha laying everything on the line to keep Galdo safe or her working seamlessly with Jean, etc. She never seems like an integral, cohesive part of the team to me. Most of the rest of her characterization works for me. It makes absolute sense to me that Locke infuriates her; he usurps her position of power in the group and doesn't even realize he's doing it. It makes sense to me that she would hold herself aloof as the only girl in the group. I just wish Sabetha had been characterized like Jean, and then I'd have no trouble seeing what Locke sees in her. LOL I do find the speed with which she misunderstands Locke to be quite frustrating, and I think what she does at the end of the book is really silly and unworthy of her as a Gentleman Bastard.

I don't quite know how to feel about Locke's background. SPOILERS: If he really is a Bondsmage who committed atrocities and then put himself in the body of a child, I'm not really sure it matters. Maybe he used to be that person, but he isn't anymore. He's Locke Lamora. He grew up in that new body and is now someone new. I thought he was going to be revealed to be the son of a Bondsmage instead.

I do like that this revelation means that the next books are likely going to be focused on the Eldren, who they were, where they went, what got them. Those inexplicable bits of the world-building have been one of my favorite parts of the series. I also like that Falconer survived and is going to be the overarching villain.



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