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Red Seas Under Red Skies

Written by: Scott Lynch
Narrated by: Michael Page
Series: Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book 2
Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
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Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar 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.

But, as ever, the path of true crime rarely runs smooth and Locke and Jean soon find themselves co-opted into an attempt to bring the pirate fleet of the notorious Zamira Drakasha to justice. Fine work for thieves who don't know one end of galley from another. And all the while the Bondsmagi are plotting their very necessary revenge against the one man who believes e has humiliated them and lived; Locke Lamora.

©2007 Scott Lynch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Slow, not as good as the first one.

I had a tough time with this audiobook. There is a LOT of dialogue and very little action. The dialogue is the only device that moves the plot forward for the majority of the book. At the beginning of the book he continues with the flash-back style of the first novel, but it doesn't make sense in the new context, then he ditches the device completely about half way through and there's no pay-off for the easter egg at the beginning. It took a while for me to get used to the narrator's voice/accent. The narrator reads exceptionally slow, I was listening at 1.25x and was still a moderate pace. Overall, a little disappointed. However, the protagonists old a new are likeable and keep you engaged well enough.

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Red Adventures And The Emotional Waves

Scott Lynch did it again. He has you deep in his voyage of trust, love and connection. I had a hard time putting this book down. I fell in love with the original characters and was surprised to see that I felt the same way with the new characters

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love it

absolutely love this book and Michael page does a great job with the characters voices

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Very good indeed!

That has to be one of the best audio narration performances I've ever heard. Looking forward to more

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Fantastic read, unparalleled performance!

Epic fantasy, solid storytelling and a great narrator to bring it all to life. This series is one of my favorites and for good reason! Try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Joshua
  • 2011-04-03

Fantastic Read/Listen

In a refreshing departure from many fantasy novels, Scott Lynch's characters are not superhumans possessed of some extraordinary power, but survive on the strength of their own wits. The stakes are high, but not ridiculously so. The world isn't about to be destroyed, or thrust into an endless dark age. Much as the first book in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is a heist/fantasy novel. The protagonists are not immune to failure, and the story seems driven more by it's characters, than by an ultimate goal, which makes it a pleasure to listen to. The characters are possessed of a strange morality, and are humanized by the situations in which they are conflicted by practical concerns, and their desire to adhere to their own code of ethics. Success is never guaranteed in this series so far, which leaves me sympathizing with the characters own frustration, and keeps the tension strong. Locke and Jean don't wander from one startling, incredible success to another, and so the journey is never boring.

The audio narrator is crisp and precise, speaking with a smooth cadence, and does an excellent job with voices and accents, further enriching this atmospheric book.

If your reading this Mr. Lynch, get back to writing (and thank you).

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  • david
  • 2019-12-22

a mess of a plot

I really liked the first book which made me rather annoyed or even angry to read the sequel.
"Red seas Under Red skies" wants to set up a heist, have the protagonist be pirates for a bit. it also wants to show our characters dealing with what happened in the first book and it also wants a small romance.
I have no problems with any of the above, only how the author decided to put it all together.
the characters are the same with small twist. so if you would read this book for the characters alone I would recommend it. But the book is so poorly paced with a plot that is so poorly constructed that I can't remember last time I read one so bad, that I can't recommend this book unless you really like the characters.

spoilers.

we start with Locke believing Jean will betray him. this is a flash forward to a later scene. It's payoff highly disappointing as Jean does not betray Locke and the only reason Locke believed he would was because he didn't see a sign Jean. Jean, however, says that he definitely made a sign to Locke that he was lying. I have no problem with the scene itself other than the fact that I was expecting a bit more given that the scene was shown in the beginning of the book.

the next many pages are spent between their next heist "the sin spire game" and flashbacks to Locke dealing with the loss of his friends.
this part is mostly solid. my real grievances starts when the plot forces them out to the sea where they then spend the next many pages meeting new characters and trying to accomplish another goal because they have no other choice if they want to live.
for this part the Sin Spire Game is more or less forgotten and it does not come back until the end where it is rather quickly resolved.
it is also in this part where Jean meets the love of his life and loses her as well in a scene that to me felt rather forced.
the last part of the book attempts to quickly rap up this poorly constructed story. introducing important characters in power that Locke manages to persuade to help him in a single scene.
the book ends with Locke and Jean alone once again. Locke might die from poison in a month's time or so.
this ending makes me think the entire book was a set up for them going to get help from Karthain which is where the third book takes place.

The worst decision that the author ever made in my opinion was to kill off Kaldo and Galdo and Buck in the first book. while they were minor characters they added some interactions between them and Locke and Jean. now all the interactions are between Locke and Jean and other people they meet.
when the author introduces Esri the reader might soon start to think that she would join them. they even briefly talked about rebuilding the gentleman bastards. I miss the closeness of that entire group.
But having her join them would be too obvious apparently as the author kills her in the most unessasary twist of betrayal from a minor character ever.

in short. I actually ended up hating this book because of its plot.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-11-11

Even better than the first

Quite a different and unique plot revolving around pirates and trickery. looking forward to read the next book !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-22

Amazing story

The 2nd book of the Gentleman Bastards series is amazing. The plot, characters also we get to see more of the incredible world that Scott Lynch has built. Loved the touch of piracy too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-29

Still good but not as good as the first

Lynch continues his great writing, clever story and amazing characters, while Michael Page continues to be the best narrator in town.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-20

Fantastic, enthralling

Favorite book series and favorite Narrator. I love it. Scott makes it so lively, his voice is clear and easy to understand, his voices for the characters are funny and help distinguish between the characters. Michael’s description, world design, story and pacing is fantastic, full of great surprises, suspense, intelligent riddles and superb characters. 10/10 enthralled

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  • Jacob
  • 2019-02-07

Fantastic continuation of great story.

Great follow up to the first book. Full of twists and memorable moments. Loved the new character and hope they will feature again.

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  • Orita
  • 2019-01-28

Good but somewhat dissappinting

As in the first book, we get lots of clever and interesting schemes and tricks, and there's fascinating and detailed worldbuilding. However, the general plot line is very similar to the first book and feels unoriginal. I enjoyed this very much, but the place it went dissapointed me, and I finish the book feeling a bit unsatisfied. As for the narrator, he is excellent and very fun to listen to!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-10-06

6.8/10 Kept me thoroughly involved throughout

Bloody good book & easier to follow than it's prequel however I think the first book was probably significantly better in terms of world/character building which might have been a solid 8.5/10

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  • ReviewGuy33
  • 2018-08-06

Quite good, not quite great

It's a good follow up to the previous books but it was much harder to stay interested in the plot in this installment. Amazing narration as usual.