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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (review by Kacey F. ’15)

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards, #2)Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a sequel to the stunning first novel The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies continues just about where its predecessor left off, starting with the recovery of the two main characters. Before long, the inseparable Locke and Jean are back at what they do best: clearing the nobility of Tal Verrar of everything under their noses through multi-layered, unpredictable grand schemes. Even so, the two see their share of hardship and deceit as they get swept under an increasingly uncontrollable and bloodthirsty political web. Compared with the first book, Red Seas somewhat falls short as a result of its wavering and complex plot. It succeeds, however, in brilliantly furthering the compelling relationship between the two reprobates that readers first fell in love with in The Lies of Locke Lamora. Deploying all the world-building craft of a video game designer and skilled fiction writer, Lynch weaves an action-packed story complete with some of the snarkiest characters you will ever meet and an ending that will leave readers agonizing for The Republic of Thieves. – Kacey F. ‘15

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (review by Elisabeth S. ’16)

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards, #1)The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lies of Locke Lamora involves author Scott Lynch taking the classic fantasy tropes of rugged thief and medieval Venice and going for a joyride. The protagonist and antihero, Locke Lamora, delights in totally robbing members of the Venice-like Camorr’s noble class, assisted by his companions and best friends. He participates as part of the city’s mafia, yet he doesn’t steal to get rich — he steals because it’s “heaps of […] fun!” One day, he gets in way, way over his head. The voices Scott Lynch has crafted for each of his characters are so unique that they linger on and make dialogue tags almost unnecessary. The book was snarky, smart, and written with a skilled hand, yet remained surprisingly poignant and touching at key points. This book is highly recommended to fans of fantasy, or anyone who is looking for a fun read. (If you are not comfortable with strong language, this book is not for you.) – Elisabeth S. ‘16

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