*****SPOILER WARNING – This is the sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora, (so this is the second book of Gentleman Bastards series), and there might be (probably will be) spoilers if you haven’t read the first book. And you MUST read the first book. It’s so, so, so fantastic.*****
You guys remember how much I fangirled over The Lies of Locke Lamora, right? The best fantasy novel I’ve read in years? Yes. Well, I just finished the sequel and OH MY GOD, MY EMOTIONS.
Alright so at the beginning, Locke and Jean are living in Tal Verrar, trying to heal from what happened at the end of the first book and working on pulling the biggest heist of their careers. Under new aliases, they’re working on robbing the Sinspire, an exclusive gambling house said to have an impenetrable vault. But someone knows who they really are, and has plans to put them to use – or die.
I don’t know if this counts as much of a spoiler given that there’s a ship on the front of the book, but what’s the ONE thing that could have made the Gentleman Bastards story even more awesome? PIRATES. Piracy totally plays a part in this book, and it was a thing of beauty. The storyline was full of twists and surprises, I laughed out loud and marked favorite bits of dialogue, and I cried twice. I love Locke and Jean, and this book added some more really endearing characters that I hope make appearances in later books. And I have to say that I really, really enjoy that women aren’t just useless background props in these books. There are swordswomen, female assassins, female pirates, and other important female characters and I just love that they’re all so badass. (If you have issues with GRRM because of how female characters are in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, THIS series is definitely more your style.)
Red Seas Under Red Skies does not suffer in the slightest from Second Book Syndrome, which is always a relief. Scott Lynch definitely knows what he’s doing. The third book, The Republic of Thieves, just came out in hardcover, and I’m going to buy it. I can NOT wait for the paperback to be released, and my library doesn’t have it. I’m just waiting for a coupon from Barnes and Noble, and then that sucker is mine and I will probably be devouring it immediately, and then I’ll have a bad case of book hangover because who knows when the fourth book will be released. It’s unavoidable though, I simply can’t try to pace myself with these books.
Sarah Says: 5 stars