Trailer Æ Red Seas Under Red Skies PDF by ☆ Scott Lynch This book is 1 3 this And 2 3 this Quite a fantastic and epic story A casino caper and a swashbuckling adventure combining action, deception, romance, and humor this book has it all Very well written Even with the length of the story, I never felt that it had gone on too long Definitely no filler.
This is a sequel and I think I like it better than the first That is saying a lot because the first was great In this case, I will say something I don t usually say I think you could read this one without reading the first and be just fine While they do bring up some events from the first book, the author does a great job making this book it s own.
So, do you like epic awesomeness Crossbow battles Death by poison Wild pirate sex Baskets full of cats Then look no further That s right, I said BASKETS FULL OF CATS Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly, FitzChivalry Farseer and The Fool, Locke Lamora and Jean Tammen eight men of fantasy who without their counterpart would be nothing Indeed, without Jean at his back Locke Lamora would have no chance of success 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 s obviously not real, and there s obviously a reason for the farce it is, no doubt, a charade for the benefit of their mark But, either way, it made me storm through the book to discover exactly why it had happened This was a bit of an underhanded move to those that the trick was played on It worked quite well and gave me a strong reason to read this book even if I felt a little duped The plot of this book is fast and exciting I m not quite sure how the duo manages to pull it all off I mean they juggle a casino heist at the same time as being manipulated by a devious Archon then to top it off they even find time in the middle for a pirate adventure It s quite remarkable really because just when you think their luck has run out they seem to conjure up an incredibly clever, and improvised, plan to save their hides These two are literally two of the most scheming, ingenious, bastards that ever existed they are the definition of lovable rogues They grow on me with each book A clever partnership They know each other so well, and only because of this do they manage to defeat the odds time and time again They have secret hand gestures and code words so they can tell the others motives in tricky situations Locke provides the ability to worm himself out of any trap and Jean provides the muscle along with a moral thievish code Together they are brilliant, apart they are vulnerable Their history together keeps them alive and allows for the most outlandish of plans to develop into a truly intricate plotWhen you can t cheat the game, you d best find a means to cheat the players I do think the author s writing has improved in this novel He still uses the same eloquent descriptions, but the superfluous and convoluted information about the scenery are kept to a minimum In the previous book it felt he d spent paragraphs describing inanimate objects and irrelevant places I was glad to see a concise approach to his writing I think he has got the balance just right in this novel and I can easily see this developing into a really strong series I can t wait to see where the author takes this in the future Gentleman Bastard Sequence 1 The Lies of Locke Lamora A good solid 3.
5 stars2 Red Seas Under Red Skies A thieving 4 stars3 The Republic of Thieves A poisonous 4.
5 stars After A Brutal Battle With The Underworld That Nearly Destroyed Him, Locke And His Trusted Sidekick, Jean, Ed 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 ThemselvesThis 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 Oors 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 Oors 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 EverBut 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 Buddy read with these thieves Celeste Sarah4.
5 5 StarsContrary to the popular opinion that Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second book in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence series, is weaker than its predecessor, I m inclined to say that it s not inferior nor superior but it s equally great with The Lies of Locke Lamora in a different way It retained some elements that made the first book rose to its fame and at the same time, replace some of them with some new factors to the series I do, however, enjoyed reading the first bookDifficult and impossible are cousins often mistaken for one another, with very little in commonTwo years after the end of the first book, we continue straight off with The Gentleman Bastard trying to, again, pull off another biggest heist they ever attempted The plot started with Locke Jean camouflaging as professional gamblers in an opulent casino named Sinspire executing one of the necessary steps for their heist However, again, the heist gets so much complicated than what they planned.
The whole setting of the book took place in a completely different place than its predecessor, this time taking place in the island city of Tal Verrar and the Sea of Brass Although I miss the city of Camorr for its beauty and resemblance with Venice, I do think that Tal Verrar and Sea of Brass gave the necessary new atmosphere to the book and series as a whole.
Picture Tal VerrarThe entire narrative is still told in the same storytelling method as the previous book, by shifting between present and past time frame The past sections this time are called Reminiscent and it s there to bridge the 2 years gap before the beginning of the book These past sections are there only for the first half of the book, it s different from the previous book where it lasted from the beginning up to the end and honestly speaking, I prefer it to last all the way since it worked so well before However, the entire Reminiscent sections explored how Locke deals with the aftermath of Camorr and how he ll set up their plan for the biggest heist of their career, which remained captivating as always.
The most enthralling part of the book for me will have to be the questions How the hell will they get out of this situation How will they execute their schemes that were present through the entire plot line It s ingenious how Scott Lynch implemented the lies, heist, all the moving parts and schemes after schemes filled with humorous, crude yet eloquent dialogues which I can t ever seem to get enough ofAny man can fart in a closed room and say that he commands the windImagine what Kvothe the Arcane would say to that Locke would probably fart and said he knows The Name of the Wind if they ever met.
All the parts I discussed just now are or less the same as the greatness we received in The Lies of Locke Lamora and so come up the question what makes this book so different from its predecessor Pirates, the last half of the book took on a completely different atmosphere with its seafaring, piracy, and naval warfare Don t get me wrong, despite being on a ship most of the time, there are still a lot of lies and schemes going on and I admit, I m not too fond of being in the sea too long since there s nothing to look at in the world building during this duration other than, you know, the sea However, Scott Lynch managed to make it so fun to read with the never ending problems that arise the longer the Gentleman Bastards are there Plus, the amount and quality of the actions piece in this book are superior to the previous book in my opinion Thrilling actions during the naval warfare and great climax scenes are all there and they, in my opinion, killed the boredom that should ve been caused by the setting completely.
Picture Locke Lamora in Red Seas Under Red SkiesChinese edition cover Now, let s talk about the best part of the book, the characters With the second book finished, let s just say Locke and Jean has become one of my favorite book duo bromance of all time Their friendship, loyalty, banter is without a doubt the best part of the book or maybe the series itself for me, even than the schemes and heists Their banter and interaction completely give life to the book.
Whether it s the humorous interactions,Worst of all, the inner vault is guarded by a live dragon, attended by fifty naked women armed with poisoned spears, each of them sworn to die in Requin s service All redheads You re just making that up, JeanOr the heartwarming oneI want to hug you And I want to tear your gods damned head off Both at once Ah, near as I can tell, that s the definition of family right thereThe Gentleman Bastards aside, all the other characters are replaced with a completely new cast of characters This doesn t mean that the new characters are poorly written though, Zamira Drakasha and Ezri Delmastro are both a fantastic addition to the story with them being the strong and compelling female characters which the first book don t really have.
Slightly third person omniscient, the writing is the same as before and honestly speaking, an omniscient narrative is actually my least preferences of narrative but ever since the first book, Scott Lynch managed to do it without losing any of the characters personality through the abundance fantastic dialogues Sadly, this brought me up to the same minor problem I had with the first book By doing this kind of narrative, the world building sections are can get really info dumpy at times This is especially true during the first half of the book where the explanation lasted much than necessary and it s really hard for me to pay attention during these parts Luckily, again, it doesn t diminish my overall experience too much but it s still a minor problem I have with the series and why I didn t rate it a full 5 stars.
Overall, Red Seas Under Red Skies once again proved Scott Lynch s capability in writing a great book with unique high fantasy story, compelling main characters and beautiful settings It s another must have addition to the Gentleman Bastard Sequence series and in my opinion, equally great with the first book I know it s been almost 10 years since the release of this book but hey, better late than never right So chop chop for those of you who haven t started yet, time to read this series I highly recommend this to anyone who s looking for a unique high fantasy full of swashbuckling, friendship, hilarious and captivating dialogues, heart wrenching and thrilling moments yet at the same time remaining highly fun and enjoyable to read You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at Booknest I probably enjoyed this book than the first of the Gentleman Bastard sequence 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 The start of the novel flips between this section and also what the characters have been up to since they sailed away from Camorr at the end of book 1 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 Locke and Jean playing 3 4 personas depending on who they are talking too This tale is mixed with poison, trying to rob a vault at the casino, pretending to be pirates, love, and quite a few deaths again.
There are a lot characters in this book than the first that I cared about So much going on including the divisions of pirates, mages still after Locke Jean, assassination attempts etc As I mentioned this is very fast paced and I think the human qualities of the main characters shine they are not superheroes and are just likely to make mistakes during the long cons Also Jean and Locke have the best bromance ever Can t wait for the next book James xPs I am pretty sure I got lucky and bought the first edition of this book for 1.
00 from a charity shop Woop x 5 5Who s the biggest, meanest motherfucker here Who s the best bruiser in the Brass CovesBuddy read with my fellow ship mates Petrik Celeste.
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD Seriously, it was incredible I can t even explain how happy I was to be back in this world I went into this book with lowish expectations because, I heard it was the weakest in the trilogy However for me that wasn t the case, this book was as good as The Lies of Locke Lamorr, honestly I can t decide if I like this one or the first one better, so I m going to say they are both equally amazing I found the writing this time around to be much easier to follow and still love the way the chapters are set, past and present BUT I still hated the long arse descriptions that go on and on, the world building is wonderful however I found the descriptions to be over kill The action in this one doesn t stop, its like a horrible roller coaster that your not allowed to get off, instead of vomiting, I came close to having a heart attack.
On then one occasion, I found myself talking to the book, begging for my favourite bromance ever to stay safe friends, I even cried Like there was some really heartbreaking parts in this book The pain Locke Jean felt at the start, the strain on their friendship most importantly the death of my ultimate ship The pain in my heart, was also real.
I must also admit, it definitely wasn t as fun to read as the first This book is a lot darker then the first and has a lot of heartbreak and anguish It was less humorous then the first but definitely wasn t lacking for banter and still had some really funny moments It also had a ROMANCE, Yay I totally love romance in stories, only when the romance isn t the main focus It had me feeling all gooey inside I just loved everything about this bookPretend I m a barrel, then Barrels don t have br So I ve heard Find the nerve, You want me to pretend that you re a barrel so I can tell you what I was telling barrels back when I was pretending they were you PreciselyOnly one word to describe this book and that s BADASS As you all know I love criminals, deceit, backstabbing, bromance, swearing my inner hillbilly loves all the swearing , thievery tough people Well folks this book has all of the above, like could this series actually be the bible of badassery Truth be honest, it is the holy grail of badassery I m currently making a temple to worship the thirteenth god, the Crooked Warden I swear this book was written for me We were made for each other It was even educational I learnt a lot from this book, it taught me how to lie, steal, cheat, the fact that you must take cats to sea for luck, to kill people also this new insultI ll fuckin kill you later, you cabbage brained pig rapistThe story is a continuation of book one after Locke Jean escape from Camorr This time around we have two broken men, who are trying to get established in the underworld in a new city The job itself is to steal something precious from the Spinspire casino I found the plot in this book complex then book one, there was a quote in the book that describes it perfectlyThis web of lies was growing so convoluted, so branching, and so delicate that a moth s fart might knock it to pieces The lies that Locke Jean weave are so complex, I have no idea how Scott thought of half the stuff that happens in the book, some of the situations the bastards got out of or should I say lied themselves out of were so insane This book was full of heisty goodness, it was like Oceans Eleven only with PIRATES Did I just say pirates Yes I fucking did I don t know about you, but Pirates are my favourite criminals ever, so I was an extremely happy camper while reading this book I found the pirate terminology easy to follow because well let s face it, I m a pirate and fluent in pirate language I also didn t know pirates loved cats I AM THE CRAZY CAT LADY so I loved all the mewing and pawing around So much cat talk I m in cat heavenWe must have cats A basket of cats, for the Red Messenger We need what luck we can steal All gods as your witness, you must not fail to have cats at that ship before we put to seaBut I m faced with a new issue it was worst then all the heartbreak I can t pick a favourite character and I always need a favourite Im indecisive on who I like , I love them both for different reason, Jean because his the toughest motherfucker ever,I m the meanest motherfucker here I m the biggest bruiser in the Brass CovesBut then I also love Locke because his a clever, little crafty bastard the best thief everYou snake souled, dirty minded son of a bitch I hope a shark tries to suck your cockSo I ve decided they can both join my harem I truly adore Locke Jean, they re bromance is amazing, honestly the best bromance ever their banter is something else, the sass is so strong with these two perfect thieves If I could have two book best friends id choose Locke Jean, hands down fanart by Tolmancotton.
Can this series be made into a movie now Please My action loving self is craving to see my bastards kick arse on screenSurely you boys can do simple sums, he said One plus one equals don t fuck with meI d recommend this to all fantasy lovers 15 I also think this series would be a great introduction for someone wanting to read adult fantasy Ps Currently training to be a gentleman bastard See all you suckers when I m snatching your purse.
Here s some cat quotes from the book that gave me the gigglesbut you d better pray in your cabin tonight for one thing What s that Cats falling from the bloody sky OF COURSE, no convenient rain of screeching felines was forthcoming that night, I wish this every night aswellBut can you imagine those poor bastards grappling their prey, leaping over the rails, swords in hand, screaming, Your cats Give us all your gods damned cats Although I was prepared to bite my thumb at anyone who had a problem with this book up to about 200 pages in, over the course of the 500 pages after that, I began to slowly, reluctantly and finally in complete exasperation, change my mind.
Scott Lynch begins his novel at the same level of quality as his fabulous first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora His characters are dealing with the events of the previous novel, in a mostly believable fashion, in a believable time period its kept from becoming episodic, or his characters from seeming hollow I very much enjoyed the first 200 pages as they both try to move on and deal with the past and the explanation of how they got where they are when the novel opens two years on from the events of Lies A character development, A banter, A action sequences, A for inventiveness, loved the relationship between Locke and Jean, and it had mostly well done plot development, as Locke and Jean embroil themselves in yet another high flying Oceans Eleven style con.
However 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 Which I m sure was a lot of fun for him, but for the reader, it is a very confusing, ridiculous sharp disappointment Somewhere along the way, he decided he wanted to write Pirates of the Carribean fanfiction, stealing plot details which kind of sucked even in the movies , settings, near direct quotes, and even little moments of action in battle sequences His other influences were starkly obvious as well there were strong, strong nods to The Princess Bride, moments out of the movie they made of Zorro, even His characters fell victim to the most overdone of fantasy genre stereotypes the fact that they didn t do this was one of my favorite parts of the first book , his plot was increasingly unlikely, and also became a ridiculous soap opera, and the quality of his writing went from laugh out loud to roll my eyes so loud you can hear me across the room I also felt that this book got incredibly preachy at points which is kind of a killjoy for a novel that has two thieves for heroes Lynch decided that he needed to push some kind of Robin Hood, working class agenda to make his heroes seem morally superior to everyone else Nobody is reading this book for justice for the lower classes, Lynch.
It wasn t all bad I appreciated the Lynch inserts women into professions all throughout his world mostly without preachy comment, I liked the character of the pirate Zamira, I enjoyed that Jean who is still mostly wonderful got his own independent storyline, I enjoyed how good his descriptive powers can be, and like I said, I enjoyed the first 200 pages.
But come on, this could have been much better.
We can slide down chimneys and slip locks and rob coaches and break vaults and do a fine spread of card tricksbut I hate to tell you that the one class of criminal we really haven t associated with, ever, is fucking piratesStill thoroughly enjoying this series Locke and Jean are on another impossible mission to swindle the rich out of their money What they don t bargain on is the Bondsmagi come for their revenge, using a wealthy man as their means Locke and Jean end up coerced into doing what this man says, in the hope that he won t follow through and kill them This task involves piracy Something Locke and Jean know nothing about So they hit the high seas, with all the trouble, violence and superstition that comes with it All the while Locke s mind is stirring up ways that they can still come out on top I m always blown away with the level of detail and thought that goes into Locke and Jean s missions Double and triple crossing it s amazing he can keep track of which character he is playing at which time These books are exciting and thrilling, albeit quite complex at times I will definitely be picking up book 3I want to hug you And I want to tear your gods damned head off Both at once Ah, said Locke Near as I can tell, that s the definition of family right there
After reading a Tumblr post Where Lynch responded to a reader s complaints about political correctness in this novel, I am intrigued.
Why shouldn t middle aged mothers get a wish fulfillment character, you sad little bigot Everyone else does H.
L Mencken once wrote that Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats I can t think of anyone to whom that applies than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, with the incredible demands on time and spirit they face in their efforts to raise their kids, preserve their families, and save their own identity sanity into the bargain 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 I offer her up on a silver platter with a fucking bow on top I hope she amuses and delights In my fictional world, opportunities for butt kicking do not cease merely because one isn t a beautiful teenager or a muscle wrapped font of testosterone In my fictional universe, the main characters 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 Don t buy my books Get your own fictional universe Your cabbage water vision of worldbuilding bores me to tears fans self 4.
75 stars Finally the pirate book I ve been craving This is basically Ocean s 11 meets Pirates of the Caribbean.