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5.0 out of 5 stars Locke needs to find a less finicky lass..., 17 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Republic of Thieves: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book Three (Hardcover)
I would suggest reading the first The Lies of Locke Lamora and the second Red Seas Under Red Skies (GOLLANCZ S.F.)in this series to fully comprehend and enjoy the story.
In this book the focus is on the very dysfunctional relationship between Locke and Sabetha. At this point Locke is starting to look like a doe eyed puppy following her around in hopes of being patted on the head. I mean come on man, you're Locke the Rogue beholden to no person with the exception of the members of the Gentleman B. Show us some spiffing strong traits instead of being the prime example of a doormat. Of course all of this makes Sabetha just plain unlikeable as a character. I don't mind her having a male prance around her just because she commands it. What I do mind is the fact she changes her mind about Locke at the mere wink of an eyelid and mention of some nefarious comment he might have made.
Far too complicated a girl for someone who has been a thief, comrade and co-conspirator to Locke & Friends for nearly her whole life. That fluffy aspect of her personality just does not gel well with the strong bravado we have come to love about her.
Time for Locke to get a new love interest methinks Mr Lynch. That might just shake Sabetha out of her self inflicted anti-Locke stance.
Although this is a calmer read than the fast-paced intricately woven plots Lynch usually creates it certainly has its moments. I enjoyed the ironic play on political campaigns in a sense that the pranks in this scenario are like the false representations and bad press in our own society during an election. The point being that it doesn't matter which party has the best policies for the people, but rather who is the best at making the other party look bad.
One of the most revealing characters was Patience. She plays Locke like a fiddle and steers all the events, all whilst holding secrets about all the players and planning the most nefarious of deeds.
Lynch sure does know how to tell a tale.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley.
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