The Republic of Thieves: Book Three of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence Paperback – 8 May 2014
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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 commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century.See all Product description
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Much against their will, Locke and Jean are hired to fix an election in Karthain to the benefit of one faction of bondsmages. There are rules. They have funds, which they must spend or lose, and they are to stop at outright murder. All other dirty tricks are allowed.
There is a problem, however. There always is when Locke's around. The opposing faction has hired Sabetha, Locke's lost love, previously mentioned, but never met. Sabetha, like Locke and Jean, was brought up as a Gentleman Bastard by Father Chains. She has all of Locke and Jean's skills and a streak of utter ruthlessness. What's more she's not tongue tied and helpless in Locke's presence as he is in hers.
It's an interesting situation. While Sabetha gets the jump on them, initially, Locke is vividly reminded of their shared past and so we get two stories: the election and the rekindling of Locke and Sabetha's relationship, and the story of their childhood and the first flowering of shared passion.
And who wins the election in the end? You'll have to read the book to find out, but suffice it to say there's bound to be another book – which is good news.
Superb storytelling. Thanks Scott. X
A good book in the series, but mostly for those already invested in the characters and wanting to learn more about them.
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