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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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Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is awesome.

It is full of lady pirates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not sure I can be more coherent than that.

I laughed out loud multiple times. I cried multiple times. I cannot wait to start the third book, and I know for certain when I finish it, I will be pissed off that Lynch hasn't yet published the next four books promised in the series.

The plotting in these books is so masterful. I am in awe. And jealous.

Once again, I am left desperately wishing for an HBO series of these books to watch.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It reminds me of a very adult, fantasy version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Very funny, very witty dialogue, excellent world building, and man does it jerk the tears out of a reader at the most unexpected moments.

It follows the exploits of Locke and other criminal elements in the city of Camorr which is a sort of degenerate Venice. Lots of really cool stuff about the sea and bizarre sea creatures as a result. The city is full of strange artifacts left behind by non-human creators who died out over a thousand years ago, and alchemists abound.

The very rich live in towers that overlook the teeming mass of the very poor and desperate. Locke and his associates mingle deftly with both groups and get up to hijinks both amusing and of the utmost importance.

I highly recommend this book. I had so much fun reading it. Can't wait to start the next one. I'd love to watch the HBO series of this book.

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