- Hardcover: 650 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books (8 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553804693
- ISBN-13: 978-0553804690
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.9 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,185,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
It is a well-written and overall thrilling book that will keep you engaged until late into the night. (theroamingbard.wordpress.com)
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)
Scott Lynch is undoubtedly a master of the modern fantasy genre. (Paul Holmes THEELOQUENTPAGE.CO.UK)
Everything fans of The Gentleman Bastards are waiting for, and a lot that they won't expect. (bookwormblues.net) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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
First off, the characters.
Sabetha, the mysterious woman from the first two books, the captivating woman who is the love of Locke's life. Turns out to be nothing but a petulant bitch with as much grip on her emotions as a spoiled six year old.
Locke was completely destroyed in this book, and I think the blame lies on the introduction of Sabetha. Rather than being a book about a witty, quick thinking man trying to rig an election with an unlimited amount of money at his disposal, it turns into more or less a romance novel with locke being the soft mushy lovestruck male chasing after the girl with 'all the worries and troubles in the world.'
Jean, well, he didn't disappoint as much as the rest. He was his usual self just he didn't have a lot to do since most of the book seemed to revolve around Locke and Sabetha's love.Read more ›
The chapters are divided between the present time and flashbacks to the characters' pasts. This format was also used in both the prequels if memory serves. I liked the backstory for a lot of elements - We get a bit more of Father Chains' brilliant and often hilarious charaterisation; some light is shed on Sabetha's previously mysterious character; and it introduces a band of interesting characters, some or none of which we may ever see again. Finally it explored some of the rites and doings of the cult of the Nameless Thirteenth, which was great- the secret God of Thieves is one of my favourite elements of Lynch's world.
However, the main plot just doesn't flow quite as we've come to expect from Locke Lamora. The first two books were full of narrow escapes, life-and-death double-crossing, twists and the occasional gritty fight scene. Here, the two remaining Gentlemen Bastards are press-ganged into rigging an election , so while there is a great deal of scheming, plotting and political intrigue, most of it is seen at one remove. There is a sense of great activity going on in the background but not that it actually matters that much. Locke and Jean are at the helm of a vast political machine rather than the thick of it for much of the novel, and while some of the moves and countermoves are brilliant, the GBs are essentially guaranteed to be free from harm win or lose.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sadly it seems Locke Lamora has gone from the Thorne of Camorr to a love sick puppy. Much of the book resolves round Locke either wanting to die or pining after Sebetha making you... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mikey
I loved these series of books starring Locke Lamora and his friends - can't wait for the next.Published 2 months ago by Richard Robinson
Very disapointed with this book, having read and enjoyed the other two in the series. The author seems to have decided half way through that he wants to write a play. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jimbob
This series of books has always leapt between past and present events to spin their narrative however this book spends so much time dwelling on past events, which are not told in a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew Kenny
A riveting plot and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Scott Lynch outdoes George RR Martin with his wicked sense of humour. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.M Olufuwa