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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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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
  • Winnipeg, MB Canada
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-07-05

incredibly entertaining

its really good. Following locke is very interesting. story wise though this is a slow read at a few points. which is why im giving it 4stars instead of 5. the plot moves slowly before it suddenly takes off quicker than a rat. the reader

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-05-20

truely amazing!!! enjoyed every minute of it.

truely amazing!!! enjoyed every minute of it. the best fantasy book i've read (listened to) in my life.

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  • Laverne
  • 2018-05-06

funny- exciting - real

I keep returning to this series. It is really well balanced and should be a movie one day

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  • george
  • 2017-03-27

great stories of adventures

loved it well written characters and plot twists.
Brothers in arms and life. terrific story and imaginative plots.

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  • MostlyArmless
  • 2017-02-10

fantastic sequel

every bit as good as the first book, with tons of new characters and the same superb narration.