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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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Slower start, but then a new wonderful setting

A bit slower to start than the first book, but then the new flamboyant characters are introduced, and everything gets crazy, just the way we love it!

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not near as good as the first

I loved the first book. this book has some serious story flaws. the whole sea bit could have been taken out as it added nothing pivotal to the overall story. it felt like the author didn't know where to go after the first book. the ending felt forced and didn't have near the payoff as the first. great narration though!

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Great but not as good as the first

The second book lacked the excitement of the first and became slow at times, however, still a great listen.

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Almost as wild a ride as the first!

Fantastic book, great characters and a plot that will keep you on your toes. Plenty of action and suspense throughout!

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Love it!

Loved it!
About to start the three book now!
definitely recommend 👌 👍 👏

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Amazing read!!!

I loved the 1st book, and the second book was just as good maybe even better! The narrator was fantastic, the story was so good and it was full of surprises! Enjoy!

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Good but not as much as the first book

Well written and performed. However, the plot is a bit less interesting than the first book. Some of the events are predictables bles and the relationship between Jean and Locke is too conflictual for my taste (they argue a lot and I don't see what this brings to the story).

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Some how better then the last one

I liked this one a lot more then the first one. So I am glad I kept reading.

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Excellent story and a masterful narrator

The story is a delightful tale of dashing rogues and pirates. Revenge and loss. A masterful second book in a so far amazing series.

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Great sequel

Great sequel. A little slow to start, as sequels often are when they take us to new locations, but lots of fun. Looking forward to the third.

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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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  • Jill Kennington
  • 2021-04-15

Fantastic

I love following the series, very well read, great plot. Locke is an endearing character and Jean simply loveable.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 2021-01-04

Disappointing

The first novel was wonderful, but this sequel is a solid ‘meh’
It’s almost as if it’s written by a different person. Where the Lies of Locke Lamora had a very mature feel, this novel felt childish at parts. The plot was too convoluted and the characters made silly choices. I actually zoned out while listening several times. I honestly don’t know if I want to read the other novels, which makes me sad because I really thought I found a good series again. It’s not the worst thing I have read, it’s not awful, but it just isn’t great

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  • Family
  • 2020-12-30

Fun adventure

It's a fun story that fleshes out the characters more. I laughed out loud more than a few times.

The narrator sounds like they're in a kitchen recording on a $10 microphone; that can be rather distracting at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-24

Not a good sequel

The Lies of Locke Lamora grabbed me and took me through a vibrant fantasy world with awesome and distinct characters and relationships with a satisfying thrilling ending. This starts out the same way, planning a heist, making schemes developing relationships in a inspiring new city! Then it's abruptly interrupted and throws us out to sea, where after the first chapter NOTHING HAPPENS. It's just a bunch of talking, nothing moving forward, boring relationships, characters and scenery. The only thing that saves the chapters at sea are the Pirate Captain and the first mate of the Poison Orchid who are truly amazing, clever and fun. I clung on thinking the end would right the course of the plot, no dice. Would have rather had a book about the Poison Orchids adventures than having to follow Locke and Jean through this book. Might read the last book, see if any of that magic from the first book shows up in the end.

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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.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-05

Rapturing

I have really grown fond of Scott Lynch he is a great writter. I also enjoyed the performance of the narrator very much, one of the best I have heard so far.