Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies

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In his highly acclaimed debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch took us on an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a band of daring thieves led by con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. Now Lynch brings back his outrageous hero for a caper so death-defying, nothing short of a miracle will pull it off.

After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke 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 can't rest for long--and are soon back to 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....

Praise for Red Seas Under Red Skies

"Lynch hasn't merely imagined a far-off world, he's created it, put it all down on paper--the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up." -- Booklist (starred review)

" Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn't a one-hit wonder. . . . It'll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson." -- Fantasy Book Critic

"Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization." -- Locus
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780553903584
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 03, 2018

An excellent 2nd installment in the Gentleman Bastard series! Part high fantasy, part heist caper...lots of fun.

Apr 17, 2018

It took a bit longer for me to get through the sequel to 'Lies of Locke Lamora'. More than once, I put it down to finish something else. The story drags on quite a bit at first, and there are more flashbacks and flash forwards than the last book. Fortunately, after you get through the first 1/5th of the story, it becomes hard to put the book down. I really enjoyed the additional lore offered in this book. Some of the more interesting examples include the laws of the god of sailors (requiring a woman and a cat on any ship at sea) and a giant, nightmarish insect called a stiletto wasp. A Lot (capitol L) happens in this heist-to-high-sea's novel. At certain points, Locke and Jean are tied in so many sordid ordeals and schemes that I strongly doubted that the author could bring them all to a satisfying close. Yet the author manages to do just that, setting the story up for the 3rd entry in the trilogy. Honestly, completing this book gave me hope for other fantasy series with seriously knotted plot lines. If Lynch could tie most of these threads together by the end of this novel, it isn't impossible that other authors could do the same (Looking at you, G.R.R.Martin and R. Scott Bakker).

Jun 06, 2017

The second novel in the series this book, like the previous is full of elaborate descriptions. The pace is good, especially if you enjoy nautical themes. The denouement however is quite abrupt. Worth reading if you enjoyed the first novel or the genre.

Jan 28, 2017

I agree with some of the the commentors--the plot drags on and on at times, and the pirate sections are just too long.

KateHillier Mar 29, 2015

It's been two years since the events of "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and Locke and Jean are deep into a two year plot to rob the most heavily guarded casino in Tal Verarr. Just as the culmination of their efforts is in their grasp they are forcibly employed by another party, a party who is perfectly willing to get what he wants via their deaths. Locke and Jean can hardly refuse.

The same multiple levels of plots and deceptions and tricks are here as there were in book one with some added complications. We get a treat of some flashbacks of the pair's journey from Camorr to Tal Verarr with Jean and Locke both dealing with the aftermath of the last book, Locke and Jean getting at each others throats and settling some differences and issues. We also get the pair learning to be pirates and meeting some darn awesome pirates who are probably the coolest pirates I've seen in a long while. You know a world is awesome when the rules of setting to sea in it dictate you must have at least one cat and at least one woman aboard. Fantastic.

The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, okay maybe a lot of one, so you'll probably be rushing out to get the next one as soon as you can. It's just as much of a fun time as the first one and if you loved that one you won't be disappointed by this one.

Jan 28, 2015

I'm with kwsmith. This books drags in bits, rushes the ending, and overall lacks the cleverness needed for a novel of this type. It doesn't live up to the first book at all for me. If you're going to make deceptive characters they have to do smart things. I'll stick to Mark Lawrence for that kind of wit.

Katjira Jan 27, 2014

Another fabulous story by Scott Lynch. If you at all liked the characters in Lynch's first book in the series, you will love them by the end of this book. I do wish the author had stretched the right parts out a bit - some plot lines are too quickly wrapped up in this book though. When I'm reading these books the real world just disappears on me. Highly recommended for those who like strong female characters, realistic male characters (with real faults and feelings), and a great pirate story. The trickery and cleverness of the The Lies of Locke Lamora are still here but there is a greater depth given to the characters here as well.

Oct 20, 2010

In this action-packed sequel to the Lies of Locke Lamora, Jean and Locke storm through a fascinatingly complex scheme of lies and double-crosses. Throughout the novel, Scott Lynch uses his keen mastery of dialogue to explore the unique relationship between Jean and Locke. Although I enjoyed reading this book, it falls far short of its potential when compared to the first book in the series. Has Scott Lynch lost his sense of pacing? The book's middle section, where Jean and Locke learn how to be pirates, drags too slowly. Even worse, the book's ending rushes too quickly, desparately attempting to neatly wrap-up the entire caper at a blistering pace. I also found many of the characters formulaic and the plot extremely unbelievable at times. Still, if you enjoyed the first book in the series, this one is certainly worth reading.


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Feb 17, 2014

Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi, Locke Lamora, the erstwhile Thorn of Camorr, and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking a ship, they arrive in the city state of Tal Verrar, where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet: they will take the luxurious gaming house, the Sinspire, for all of its countless riches. No one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.

Locke and Jean soon find themselves co-opted into an attempt to bring the pirate fleet of the notorious Zamira Drakasha to justice. This is unusual work for thieves who don't know one end of a galley from another. All the while, the Bondsmagi are plotting their revenge against Locke, the one man who has humiliated them and lived.


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