Red Seas Under Red Skies

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After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora 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 ca n't rest for long -- -and they are soon back doing 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.
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Published July 31st 2007 by Spectra (first published June 21st 2007
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Red Seas Under Red Skies
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It starts as fast paced as the previous book ended with Locke& Jean already knee deep in a con involving this worlds equivalent of a Casino known as the Sinspire.

This section showcases a cool transition period which shows the Gentleman Bastard 's as less than their elegant best including an alcoholic Locke!! After the first 200 pages or so- things get very complicated.

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*shudders*I ’ m sure Locke and Jean can ’ t drink enough Lashani Blue to get their warning out of their heads.

At irst I wasn ’ t all too sure if I liked that change but damn did Scott Lynch persuade me to board that new ship!

I can ’ t… I can ’ t stand it – “ I swear the Locke at the end of this ook had my heart bleeding!

*lol* I loved to watch his journey and how he changed during the book.

*lol* ” Oh, ” sighed Jean.

“ ell, aren ’ t you the clever little bastard. ” “ Yes on all three counts, actually. ” ” Captain Orrin Ravelle, ” said Locke, drawing a dagger and placing it against the captain ’ s hroat.

You stop in and let them know I ’ m in the neighbourhood! ” ” Once a Big Lie was let out in the world, it seemed to grow on its own and needed little tending or worry to bend to the situation. ” Jean Tannen: ” When I get this door open, you ’ re aliv, Jean! ” “ When you get that door open?

XD I think Jean changed a lot in this memoi too and I really liked his character arc.

Jean tried to build something new and watched out for Locke which is so typical for him.

Ezri was so unbelievabl and I ’ m very thankful Scott Lynch decided to invent her character and to make her a part of this ook!

I loved how unapologetic she was and seriously, when I grow up I want to be like her!

*lol* She could be very compassionate and gentle though and I can ’ t believe it had to end like that!!!

I really liked that she had two children and was a caring and loving mother as well as a total badass when it came to boarding an enemy ship!

I think Locke needed an honest friend like Zamira and someone that brought out the best in him.

At the beginnin of the book Locke and Jean left her ship but I really hope that she ’ ll reappear in one of the variou ooks.

The world sure as hell needs more characters like Captain Drakasha!!! Stragos – The Archon: ” The Bondsmagi distort our world with their very presence.

I must admit he got the etter of Locke and Jean when he made them drink his wine, but if it wouldn ’ t have been for his dangerous little games he would have been no threat to them.

His plan to use Locke and Jean in order to stir the pirates was pretty half-baked and it was no surprise that it didn ’ t work out.

Those two didn ’ t mess around; they were a force to be reckoned with and definitely even more of a threat to Locke and Jean than Stragos ever was.

Then again he might have thought he wasn ’ t deservin of his friendship anymore- because let ’ s be blunt here- he truly acted like an idiot at the eginning of the books.

It certainly wasn ’ t the best way but it ’ s probably the only one Locke ever knew.

Still, with Jean ’ s love interest there came an interesting and new dynamic into their riendship and I think Locke had to get used to his best friend being in love.

;-) Jean ’ s priorities might have changed over the ourse of the novel but this didn ’ t mean that he was wrong.

Hell, at the beginnin he wanted this kind of life as well and was ready to take a shot at it with Ezri and Jean.

<333 Jean means everything to him and is his family and after all the things he did for him he just wanted to make sure that he’d be alright.

“ Which is always, more or less. ” ” He realized that he was strangely disquieted that Jean hadn ’ t followed him, relentlessly at his heels, looking after him as always. ” ” It is a favour, ” said Locke.

Because you actually deserve it. ” “ I don ’ t understand any of this, ” Jean whispered.

Maybe you could do better – “ Locke grinned to let Jean know that there was no actual need to knock his brains out of his kull.

She gave her life for her frien and family just like Jean would have done.

“ Hold fast, and sooner or later you ’ ll always find what you ’ re after. ” Conclusion: When I thought that Scott Lynch couldn ’ t surprise me anymore he proved me wrong and took this book in an entirely different direction.

This nove had everything I love: Intriguing and clever characters, a deadly gamble, a heist, pirates, strong female MCs, an amazing plot and last but not least a wonderful world I could get lost in.

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Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some fucking heads and sail off into the sunset with her toddlers in her arms and a hold full of plundered goods, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy from hell.

In my fictional universe, the main protagonists are a fat ugly guy and a skinny forgettable guy, with a supporting cast that includes “ SBF, 41, nonsmoker, 2 children, buccaneer of no fixed abode, seeks unescorted merchant for light boarding, heavy plunder. ” You don ’ t like it?

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This autobiography is 1/3 this: And 2/3 this: Quite a fantastic and epic story!

While they do bring up some events from the third ook, the uthor does a great job making this book it 's own.So, do you like epic awesomeness?

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Both men provide the other with what he lacks, and together they make a deadly, silver tongued, thieving duo that are best summed up in two words: awesome bastards.

A deadly scheme on the high seas! It was a big surprise to me that in the prologue Jean betrays Locke.

It worked quite well and gave me a strong reason to read this book even if I felt a little duped.

“ When you ca n't cheat the game, you 'd best find a meanin to cheat the players. ” I do think the author ’ s writing has improved in this trilogy.

The Lies of Locke Lamora- A good solid 3.5 stars2.

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And this is a big however- it felt like Scott Lynch suddenly changed his mind completely about what he wanted to write, and had a big Screw It moment, and decided to be completely self-indulgent.

Somewhere along the pat, he decided he wanted to write Pirates of the Carribean fanfiction, stealing plot details ( which kind of sucked even in the fil), settings, near direct quotes, and even little moments of action in battle sequences.

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I 'll be honest, when I first read this novel, years ago, my reaction was kinda " meh. " Or rather, I *remember* it being that way.

That 's not the case in a econd nove.

In a third autobiography, you still have that problem.

PLUS you have the roblem that some of your readers read the next book two ays ago, and some of them read it two week ago.

Some of them have n't read it at *all. *On top of that, a lot of people want nothing more than for you to write your first book over again… because that 's what they know and love.

When you write the last books in a series, the honeymoon is over.

Given all of this, I can see why people in general and me in specific might have been a little " meh " on this novel.

We loved it, and we wanted to see the same things again.

I mention all of this because this second time through, I found myself wondering what my problem was the thir time.

There are characters that I know and love, being very true to themselves while still growing and changing and coming into conflict with each other and the world.

And this book made me cry a bit, which the first one did n't.

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