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- Listening Length: 25 hours and 38 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Jan. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004KEOAGC
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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.
I don't want to be unkind to Lynch as TLoLL is the first fantasy novel I truly enjoyed. He drew some good characters and a superbly paced plot in that book. Here, Red Seas seems like a stretch, and the introduction of the hitherto unacknowledged guiding principles of Locke's religion seem rather shoe-horned in, rather like the existential theories (poorly) shoe-horned into the Matrix sequels. Perhaps later novels will build on those principles further, but I felt that that two jarring dimensions - the pirates and the religion - was one too many to fully forgive.
Red Seas is OK, but it doesn't live up to the huge expectation I had following Lies of Locke Lamora.
I am delighted to see that I still have another volume to go and that the series is continuing with another title yet to be published.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not quite as good as Lies of Locke Lamora (LoLL) as it doesn't seem to have the main characters eleborate schemes as central to the plot, which for me made LoLL so fantastic. Read morePublished 11 days ago by S. C. Caruana
A very good book though you need to read The Lies of Locke Lamorra first to get the required attachment to Jean and Locke. Read morePublished 1 month ago by imalumberjak
Maybe not on par with the last but still completely engrossing. And pirates. I love pirates.
If you loved the first one you'll love this too.
I couldn't get enough of these books, having read the first in double quick time. This book was as good as the first one.Published 7 months ago by Richard Robinson
It’s over 2 years since THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA. Locke and Jean have left Camorra for Tel Verarr where they are working a long con on Requin, the rich and ruthless owner of the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
You wonder if the quality and inventiveness of the story can be maintained - it is.Published 8 months ago by Mr J L Kettle
Admittedly slow to start but picks up to a good speed. All the banter and cheek present in the prequel with delightfully descriptive scenes and rounded characters.Published 8 months ago by J