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The Republic of Thieves (Gollancz) [Paperback]

Scott Lynch
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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17 Nov 2011 Gollancz

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi.

It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds Sabetha has just one goal - to destroy Locke for ever.

The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.



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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (17 Nov 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0575084472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575084476
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,020,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he still lives now. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role playing game companies he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short-order cook.

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Lynch layers con and counter-con, twist and counter twist, two new cities and a huge cast of characters, all of it glued together by irresistible prose and fruity, insult-stuffed dialogue. Welcome back, Scott. You've been missed. (SFX)

Lynch has lost none of his flair or ambition. ...Republic [of thieves] has a romantic centre, upon which Lynch layers con and counter-con, twist and counter twist, two new cities and a huge cast of characters, all of it glued together by irresistible prose and fruity, insult-stuffed dialogue. Welcome back Scott. We've missed you. (Dean Evans SFX MAGAZINE)

Scott Lynch has upped his game in every sense, and any epic fantasy I read after this is going to have a damned difficult act to follow. (overtheeffingrainbow.blogspot.co.uk 2013-09-29)

It is a well-written and overall thrilling book that will keep you engaged until late into the night. (theroamingbard.wordpress.com 2013-10-01)

Locke Lamora is proving to be one of the most engaging and enigmatic characters in fantasy, reading his voice is pure delight. (SFFWorld.blogspot.co.uk 2013-09-10)

Scott Lynch is undoubtedly a master of the modern fantasy genre. (Paul Holmes THEELOQUENTPAGE.CO.UK 2013-10-08)

Everything fans of The Gentleman Bastards are waiting for, and a lot that they won't expect. (bookwormblues.net 2013-10-07) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited now disappointed 15 April 2014
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Too much jumping back and forth. Got bored. Disappointed. Wanted it to be great like the first two books were
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 16 Oct 2013
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Again Scott Lynch works wonders in the world of Locke Lamora, part of me wishes I hadn't read it yet so I could read it all again a first time. I don't know when the sequel is due to be released, but I do know that it cannot be soon enough.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Locke Lamora Returns 10 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
*** This review contains potential spoilers if you haven't read books one and two in this series ***

The Republic of Thieves is essentially two books for the price of one.

The first follows on directly from the events of Red Seas Under Red Skies. Locke and Jean are on the run, attempting to avoid the fallout from their last scheme that went slightly awry. Becoming powerbrokers in the political arena seems a sensible idea, at least at first. The arrival of an old friend however adds an unexpected wrinkle to their latest "fool proof" plot.

The second narrative strand goes back in time and follows the teenage Gentleman Bastards as they take to the stage. Their ever-enigmatic mentor, Father Chains, demands they leave Camorr for the summer and assist an old acquaintance with his troupe of slightly deranged actors.

For a while now Mr. Lynch has lead us a delightfully merry dance. The character of Sabetha Belacoros has been mentioned in passing multiple times, but has never really been fully explored. Sabetha has been the lingering shadow that has hung over Locke's past. She's the one that got away, as it were. Finally meeting her has been a long time coming, and her introduction is handled wonderfully.

I've been trying to think of the best way to adequately describe the connection that exists between Sabetha and Locke. The closest thing I can equate it to is the relationship that Sherlock Holmes has with Irene Adler. The verbal sparring, where they continually try to outdo one another is a joy. Locke has more than met his match and I reckon, much as he would try and deny it, in his heart he knows it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third book syndrome? 3 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
While the first two books were full of intrigue, plots, lies, twists and surprises, this book feels sort of one dimensional in comparison. The plotting and scheming take second place to a character background saga which does not fit with the other two books. I should have realised it was going like this when fully 30% of this novel deals with how Locke gets out of the certain death he faced at the the end of the second book. The remaining two thirds is split between his present 'adventure' and a historical background about his early life. This does not leave any time for the complex scheming and surprises found in the first two novels and so it turns out to be just a quite well written story which seems to be a link to the next book.

Overall, I was expecting more. I am now wondering whether to read the 4th book when it comes out - I will probably wait to see the review comments
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little disappointng 6 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
Having reread the first two books in preparation for the third adventure of Locke and his best friend Jean Tannen, I was left feeling a bit disappointed by this latest tale.
In the first two books Locke is portrayed as a loveable scamp, But in this book I found him to be a bit of a wet blanket. he only really came to life in the scenes with his long lost love Sabetha. Here. the dialogue was crisp and witty, sometimes laugh out loud. But through the rest of the book I wanted to shake him out of his self indulgent introspection. His best friend had just lost the love of his life, and I know that Locke was suffering the effect of the poison given him in book two, but really he offered no support to poor Jean.
I think that what I am trying to say, is that until this book I genuinely liked Locke, but now I don't. And it is difficult to get enthusiastic about a book when the reader finds the main character unsympathetic and unlikeable.
The large indigestible chunks of 'faux' Shakespearian style play were also boring to read and in my opinion added nothing to the book.
I wasn't to keen on the switching back and forth from the present to the past either. Though it did make the story a little more interesting. because the plot of this book which dealt with rigging an election was a bit thin.
I will read the next book but I'm not waiting with such eager anticipation as I was for this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Play's the Thing 24 Nov 2013
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Suffers from the same problem as Red Seas... in that it does not hold a candle to the original book. The revelation of Locke 's past and the return of an old enemy during the epilogue seem shoe-horned in as an excuse to extend the series. Each book loses more of what made the first so awesome. The flashback is more interesting than the actual continuation of the present day plotline, but there were whole chapters dedicated to the characters performing a play. This is a book that seems to go nowhere but is still recommended for the interaction between Locke, Jean and Sabetha.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, shame about the editing 26 Oct 2013
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I really enjoyed the book - very much in keeping with the quality of the previous 2 with the added bonus that the author has had more experience and his writing style has smoothed out.

My only problem is that the kindle version had a problem where the word "stories" was replaced with "storeys" throughout the entire book. Very jarring and I suspect that it'll be my lingering memory rather that the story itself!
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3.0 out of 5 stars better than book two, but waaaay short of book one
The set up is very contrived, with magicians setting up a duel over an election between star-crossed protagonists, but there are some solid elements along the way. Read more
Published 3 days ago by jq
4.0 out of 5 stars inventive plots and imaginative adventures for our hero
A great continuation of the adventures of Locke Lamora, wish bther was more!
Published 5 days ago by Sue Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars a tangled mess
A complete mess of a story that dwells on parts that are I interesting and skates over the interesting parts. After the excellent lies of ll this is a crushing disappointment
Published 9 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book in a great series
I love Scott Lynch's Gentleman bastard series. This latest installment did not disappoint. The characters and the dialogue are some of my favorites. Read more
Published 13 days ago by John Collett
4.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping GB romp
Following on from the first two RoTs, Lynch yet again conjures another twisting page turner. Should come with a sleep deprivation health warning. Roll on number 4.
Published 18 days ago by Steve Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
Not a terrible book, but did not live up to the second, let alone the first. Weaker plot with less believable character motivations and the ending dragged on a little too much. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Cat A
1.0 out of 5 stars increasingly Annoying
It's a great shame that the promise that Lynch showed in the first of the Gentleman Bastard books has descended into cliche and dull plagiarism. Read more
Published 29 days ago by A. Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars More Locke Lamora Goodness
In the third outing for Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen the bondsmages finally catch up with them, but not in a way Locke was expecting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. R. Bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought Locke couldn't possibly get into any more...
he finds a whole new lot of escapades. Thoroughly enjoyable, and the flashbacks to their childhood drip-fed out at a good pace to keep the suspence going. A wonderful book.
Published 1 month ago by C. Cabraal
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the series.
I loved the last two books of the series but found this one to be hard work. To be frank, i was a bit bored. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James William Carr
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