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Red Seas Under Red Skies: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book Two (Gentleman Bastards 2) by [Lynch, Scott]
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PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH

"A bright new voice in the fantasy genre."--George R. R. Martin

"Red Seas Under Red Skies"

"Lynch hasn't merely imagined a far-off world, he's created it, put it all down on paper--the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up."--"Booklist" (starred review)

""Red Seas Under Red Skies" firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn't a one-hit wonder. . . . It'll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson."--"Fantasy Book Critic"

"Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization."--"Locus"

"The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be."--"SFX"

"The Lies of Locke Lamora"
" "
"Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think "The Lies of Locke Lamora" is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven't read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again."--Patrick Rothfuss, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Name of the Wind"

PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH
"A bright new voice in the fantasy genre."--George R. R. Martin
"Red Seas Under Red Skies"
"Lynch hasn't merely imagined a far-off world, he's created it, put it all down on paper--the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up."--"Booklist" (starred review)
""Red Seas Under Red Skies" firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn't a one-hit wonder. . . . It'll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson."--"Fantasy Book Critic"
"Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization."--"Locus"
"The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be."--"SFX"
"The Lies of Locke Lamora"
" "
"Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think "The Lies of Locke Lamora" is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven't read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again."--Patrick Rothfuss, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Name of the Wind"

PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH
A bright new voice in the fantasy genre. George R. R. Martin
"Red Seas Under Red Skies"
Lynch hasn t merely imagined a far-off world, he s created it, put it all down on paper the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up. "Booklist" (starred review)
"Red Seas Under Red Skies" firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn t a one-hit wonder. . . . It ll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson. "Fantasy Book Critic"
Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization. "Locus"
The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be. "SFX"
"The Lies of Locke Lamora"
""
Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think "The Lies of Locke Lamora" is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again. Patrick Rothfuss, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Name of the Wind""

PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH

A bright new voice in the fantasy genre. George R. R. Martin
Red Seas Under Red Skies
Lynch hasn t merely imagined a far-off world, he s created it, put it all down on paper the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up. Booklist (starred review)
Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn t a one-hit wonder. . . . It ll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson. Fantasy Book Critic
Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization. Locus
The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be. SFX
The Lies of Locke Lamora

Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again. Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind"

PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH

"A bright new voice in the fantasy genre."--George R. R. Martin
Red Seas Under Red Skies
"Lynch hasn't merely imagined a far-off world, he's created it, put it all down on paper--the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up."--Booklist (starred review)
"Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn't a one-hit wonder. . . . It'll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson."--Fantasy Book Critic
"Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization."--Locus
"The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be."--SFX
The Lies of Locke Lamora

"Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven't read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again."--Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

Rob Bedford, SFFWORLD.COM

"As sequels go, Red Seas Under Red Skies is fabulous and a more accomplished, more tightly written novel than its predecessor. Considering what a top notch job Lynch did with his debut, this is impressive."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (12 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UP1SWM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
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I really enjoyed the first Gentleman Bastards book, The Lies of Locke Lamora. This one picks up where that one left off - though some of the story is told in flashback and you gradually piece together everything that's happened. Locke and Jean are out on their own, exiled from Camorr, bitterly missing dead comrades, running a major con against the powerful owner of what appears to be a mega-casino, a heavily-guarded elderglass tower full of many ways to part fools and their money. The scam is almost complete, but then fate and politics intervene in equal measures. Repercussions from their clash with the evil bondsmage, The Falconer, in the first book start to catch up with them, while the ruler of the city decides that they are the perfect people to go out and stir up a pirate rebellion on his behalf, and he takes drastic measures to ensure their compliance. Scam collapses in on scam and Locke and Jean are all at sea - in more ways than one.

Scott Lynch is an author not afraid to be cruel to his characters. Both Locke and Jean are put through the mill, physically and emotionally and the ending, while a win of sorts, is bittersweet as it leaves them in a precarious place ready for the next book, Republic of Thieves, which, of course, I had to buy for my Kindle immediately.
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too long. struggled to get into it.

******spoilers********
really felt no tension excitement, which was present throughout part one. evil rich and the oppressed poor was just too straight forward, with the war games stuff.
both heros are trying to rip off a rich man, while they are poisoned and blackmailed by his opponent, and sent on a mission to try and be pirates. Locke from part one would have worked out how to cheat and turn the game. i keep coming up with ideas how he could have, why was the evil genius so thick this time that he could not do anything. even the ending is bad. total anti climax. set up for part 3. ok i can live with that but a tragedy
for the gentlemen bastards. their credibility is totally lost. already reading part 3, about 90 pages in. hoping that it will be better then this.
3 stars but only because of part one.
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Not as good as The Lies of Locke Lamora, but a very entertaining read. I hated Scott Lynch for the way he treated the characters in this, which is the mark of a great author.
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Perfect
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This is the second installment of the Gentleman Bastard series. I absolutely adored the first installment and followed suit with the second one as soon as I could. This one is still enjoyable, but not as amazing as the first.

Locke and Jean have left their home country of Camorr and traveled to Tal Verrar and the Sinspire, which is basically the swanky parts of Las Vegas in a tower. It's an amazing initial setting, and I wish more of the novel had taken place in it, to be honest. For two years, they have been slowly cheating and amassing wealth. But, of course, as usual, something has to go wrong and they are caught up in a larger game and forced to be pawns . However, Locke and Jean don't make very good pawns.

Under the threat of a latent poison, they are forced to go on the high seas and pretend to be pirates to upset the stability of Tal Verrar. But this does not go entirely according to plan, either. It is this part of the book I didn't find as exciting. I liked the characters on the boat, but seas and ships and run-of-the-mill port towns are just the same as in so many other fantasy books. Lynch has the talent to make such amazing settings, that it seemed a bit of a cop-out to stick them on the high seas.

That's not to say this is a disappointing book. Overall, I still enjoyed it and I will read the next installment. The dialogue and humour is witty and sharp, the characters strong, and the plotting intricate. I'm still gutted that the next installment won't be out until sometime next year. Lynch is worth reading; just don't expect Red Seas Under Red Skies to be quite as incredible at The Lies of Locke Lamora.
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Really enjoying this Gentleman Bastard sequence... great plot twists and I like the fantasy style.
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Having just finished this book I checked online to see if the sequel had been released yet and was surprised to see some foolish criticisms listed in these reviews.

I have been reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy for about 30 years, and quality writing like this is rare. The lead characters are all well fleshed out, displaying many credible traits and foibles - even more so than Fritz Lieber's thief heroes, Fafner and Gray Mouser, who they vaguely resemble. Cocky, irrepressible and always denying authority to authorities, they weave elaborate confidence schemes, which are so grandiose and complicated that they scramble to keep up with all the consequences.

This dealing with the out of control consequences of their con games is what this book is all about, to answer a criticism from a previous reviewer. If you believe they had ample control of affairs in the previous book you've neglected to consider the loss of their friends in that story.

The well thought out and completely appropriate use of plot twisting keeps this story from being too predictable. The only (mostly!) sure thing is that those who have offended our thieves will receive their comeuppance. The flow of the book is near perfect and I had a hard time putting it down.

I don't mind the author's use of "visual tricks" as mentioned by Laz below. I agree it's a bit of a guided tour bird's eye view tour but it has a "real sitting around the fire listening to a story teller talk feel" which leaves the reader with a vivid impression of the local geography and continues to develop the idea of a people living on the ruins of an alien civilization.
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