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on 9 June 2014
In the third outing for Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen the bondsmages finally catch up with them, but not in a way Locke was expecting. Instead of instant death he finds that the immediate problem he was left with at the end of the second Gentlemen Bastards book is solved by none other than the mother of his old enemy The Falconer.

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.

Highly recommended.
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on 6 March 2017
Sadly, nowhere near as good as the first two. The characters are still ace, but the stakes are not high enough - it seems like a silly game, instead of true intrigue and life or death. None of the tricks seem twisted or well plotted enough to actually bring a good pay off, and the reasons for the romance not being back on fully is never truly drawn out. The flashbacks bring the real grit and fear of the hard knock life of being an orphan thief. The whole deadly trap is casually cast aside in the plot. And the deus ex machina of a group of all powerful sorcerers kills any sense of free will or trickery - we need Locke & Jean to be unexpected wily anti heroes again!
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on 20 June 2017
book 1 - epic, book 2 - brill, book 3 -LET DOWN , it does not seem to have been written with any love at all. plot is predictable,female character usless and insulting ,felt like it was a rush job to fufil contract agreements in short rubbish don't bother.the only reason I gave it a 3 is because of the first two.
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on 26 March 2017
I've never read a series like this. I didn't really understand from the previous two books how this was going to turn into a 7-book series. Having read this one - oh my, I know. The intrigue mixed with humour and darkness is a fantastic mix. I'm still super impatient for the next one though!
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on 25 April 2017
Fantastic third book. Each book takes Locke and Jean to a new adventure completely different from the last. The characters are further developed and the plot is, as expected, fast moving and exciting. Have recommended this series to everyone I know - looking forward to the fourth.
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on 22 June 2017
Fabulous fantastic amazing. I just love these books! Each one continues Locke's story and yet each one is different.
Superb storytelling. Thanks Scott. X
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on 13 November 2013
In this book, a lot of blanks are filled in from the past of Locke, and the character of Sabetha is finally introduced in the flesh. With all of this, the book is perhaps not as enjoyable as the earlier ones, because I think the tale in the present isn't as well fleshed out due to the lengthy back story interludes.

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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on 17 August 2016
I like Scott lynch although this last book is almost a screenplay...I see where you are going Mr Lynch!

But still an excellent read!
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on 4 April 2015
Another great book in this amazing series, I can't wait for the next one. Anyone who is looking for an excellent book to read this has it all, action, excellence, intelligence and just a damn good read. I realy can't wait for the next book in this thrilling series. Scott lynch I salute you
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on 30 June 2017
These books are so good.
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