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The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  25,400 ratings  ·  2,162 reviews
With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 650 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Del Rey
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Ivanesca I think you could kind of start here but you must definitely read the other ones either way, they're fucking glorious.
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Upon first discovering its impending release...


...Wait. Wait, you mean we actually get to meet Sabetha?

Well, Jesus. I've been wanting to meet this 'Sabetha' forever. If she's the reason Locke is both obsessed with and wary of red-heads, I want to know who she is. If saying 'What would Sabetha think of you, right now?' can shock Locke out of a depressed stupor, I want to know why. If he swoons upon thought of her, grimaces upon hearing her name, and gets defensive upon mention of his fee
AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator
Word count: about 250 000 or something, just a rough estimate
Rating: Bouncing around like a unicorn on a pogo stick + why do you keep on hitting me in the face with a brick while I'm trying to have fun? = (yes, you've guessed it) MIND NUMBING CONCOCTION OF AWESOME AND HORRID.

I'm sorry, but there is no way to keep it brief.

First of all, it’s a long book. Yes, reading it undeniably takes a while, but I’ve very much enjoyed it in general. Don’t let the length discourage you from picking that one u
Will M.
Blessed is the one who aids a thief, hides a thief, revenges a thief, and remembers a thief, for they shall inherit the night.

I used to think of the Gentleman Bastard series as a mediocre series, but this third instalment finally managed to impress me. Action wise, this had quite a few. Not enough to fully impress me, but quite adequate to keep things interesting. This novel felt more like a character development novel for Locke and the ever mysterious Sabetha.

So we finally get to know who
Jul 03, 2014 Nico rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

German Review on Gosureviews

After 6 years I expected a better story.
Sabetha, teased in the previous two books, turns out to be a very weak and shallow character. One of the main plot lines, their "love story" just doesn't work. They don't really have any chemistry together and later in the book I actually got annoyed whenever they had a scene together.
It started very strong, but the main story was utterly boring and predictable, so much that I had a hard time finishing the book. The end made u
An unedited preview of the first 5500 words of the Republic of Thieves can be read here. Publication has also been pushed back to September, 2013.

I'm sorry all you gentlemen bastards, but now we wait.
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Spoilers from the first two books guaranteed.


The young man has found a rekindled interest in the fantasy genre. Joe Abercrombie pulled him back in with The First Law. George RR Martin tried to break him. Eagerly the man searches forums for something new, something great, a series to follow for years to come. Making his choice he grabs one of the shelf, thinking “damn that is a long, awkward title.”


The man, slightly older, fires up his Kindle. It is finally here! Eage
Jennifer Lim
Quit being so hard on yourself. We are what we are; we love what we love. We don't need to justify it to anyone... not even to ourselves.

Yes. You are absolutely correct, Locke. So no matter how unhappy I am with this installment, no matter how lovesick you were with Sabetha, no matter how thinner this book's plot is compared with the first two, no matter how bored I felt when Patience is talking, I am still giving this four stars, because gods damn it, I am so biased when it comes to Lynch's
The essence of The Republic of Thieves could be derived from one name:


Yes, finally Sabetha Belacoros is here! And as expected, Sabetha’s and Locke’s relationship is central to the whole plot of ‘The Republic Of Thieves'.

The book is divided into two parts. The first one deals with the backstory of Locke and Sabetha - at Camorr (where they grew up) and at Espara, where the Gentleman Bastards are sent to perform on stage by Chains. The second plot starts right from where Red Seas Under Red
David Sven
Locke and Jean are back, and as if dying from poison wasn't inconvenient enough, trouble soon finds our pair and throws them into a new game - this time into the very heart of Bonds Magi territory - The Republic of Carthain.

This book we get two main story arcs - one taking us back to Camorr where we get more of Father Chains and and the Sanza brothers - very cool. We also get the back story of Locke's and Sabetha's relationship which is only referred to in the last two books. This story leads us
Elijah Spector
Nearly five years from falling in love with the series, I re-read the first two books in order to finally read this one, which I managed to approach with literally no idea of what happened in it. Not a real review, here are some rambling thoughts.

All in all, it was not what I expected but very much what I (apparently) wanted. A lot of fun while also a new-ish direction for the series, with some things that had been built up in the first two books finally being shown, and satisfactorily to boot.
[5 Stars] I love this series. It is one of my all time favorites, and Scott Lynch continues to impress me every time I pick up one of his books. I had some issues with this book here and there, and at times some of the characters, mainly Sabetha, frustrated me. I cannot, however, give this book anything less than 5 stars. I love all of the back story we get and the world building and the relationship building and the character development and goodness it makes me want more. I may do a full revie ...more
My thoughts upon finishing this book (I re-read the first two books before reading this one and I strongly suggest that anyone who doesn't remember the details to do the same - the nuances are important):

As a huge fan of this series since 2010 (I know, I came to the series late, but I still had to wait a seriously long time for the 3rd book to be released!) I had expectations for this book. It would have to be as awesome as the first two books, Locke's wit would have to overwhelm me and I would
Executive Summary: The long awaited third novel in the Gentleman Bastards series, I would put this one about on par with Red Seas Under Red Skies but not nearly as good as The Lies of Locke Lamora.

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I only recently started the Gentleman Bastard series, so I didn't have the anticipation or the wait that many other fans had. I was however wondering if we'd ever meet the occasionally mentioned, but never seen Sabetha anytime soon.

This book delivers that in spades. In fact possibly a litt
After all the mystery and all the hype I have to say that Sabetha lived up to her name in the end. She's awesome and it was really nice to finally have some back story on all that.

I loved the stories, both the current and the interludes. I was entertained and happy to be back with Locke and company. A few parts of the plot weren't to my taste, but that happens.

The only real issue I have is that they weren't brilliant in this book. Our Gentlemen Bastards have had to pull some ridiculously cleve
Republic of Thieves broke my heart a little, in all the best ways. I had all the feels. I shouted obscenities, cackled with glee, and tried to reach into the pages to cuddle the characters through their moments of frailty and strength. I bookmarked a couple of passages for future “fuck-yeah-feminism-in-fantasy” reference. There’s romance and adventure and daring crime, plus surprises and the difficult trick of mixing a satisfying conclusion with leaving us needing the next book.

There’s an A and
The long awaited third installment in the Gentlemen Bastards sequence managed to renew my interest in mr. Scott Lynch as a rising star on the modern epic fantasy firmament. It might not qualify for one of the top five spots in the year end genre lists, but I consider his writing and plotting skills remarcable considering he is yet a debutant on the scene.

Now a quick reintroduction to the score: The Gentlemen Bastards are a team of exceptionally talented and daring young thiefs, trained fro
Jul 02, 2013 Navessa marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, netgalley

Crooked Warden, Nameless Thirteenth, guide Scott Lynch’s pen swiftly through Locke Lamora’s next daring adventure, grant him new ways of tickling our fancy with poetic swearing, witty scheming, and vicious storytelling.

So apparently the Nameless Thirteenth enjoys pissing on mortals and laughing at their prayers. THIS is what I’ve been waiting years for? THIS didn’t even have the same feel as the first two books in the beloved Gentlemen Bastards series. It felt more like a PG-13 version of an R r

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ANALYSIS: This is a tough review for me as I had a lot of expectations for The Republic of Thieves. First, there was the delay in finishing the book, for which Scott Lynch has my utmost sympathies for. Next, The Republic of Thieves was the long-awaited introduction of Sabetha and the tale of why Locke is so besotted with her and how it all came to be between them. And finally, there was the climax to Red Seas Under Red Skies, which left readers wondering
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4.5 stars. Incredible. My sincere thanks to Del Rey and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of The Republic of Thieves in exchange for an honest review. To cut to the chase, this highly anticipated third book of the Gentleman Bastard series was absolutely worth the wait!

The book picks up immediately after the events of Red Seas Under Red Skies, so bear in mind that this review may contain minor spoilers for the previous novels in this serie
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

Still holding off on my review because my keysmash can't properly sum it all up. Even though I've had since March to become coherent about it. I'm just so, so happy others are starting to read it (thanks to NetGalley). Isn't it fantastic! Wasn't it worth the wait! Whee!

Old info below:

Just received the catalogue from the publishers I review for, and the book was available for December 2011 selection!

Since then of course, it has been moved to a February 2012 release.

ETA 13th Jan 2012: Gollancz Blo
Matt Brady
Republic of Thieves has a lot of hype and expectation riding on it. So much so that it’s probably inevitable that there’d be a backlash to it, people feeling disappointed and let-down. And after that will come the backlash against the backlash, people insisting that the book is actually really good, the best in the series perhaps, or else making excuses, accusing the negative opinions of bias and their own too-high expectations. I’ve seen it happen a lot over the last ten years or so. It certain ...more
This review contains some spoilers.

Like an idiot, I read Red Seas Under Red Skies without actually realizing it was a sequel. It was pretty good, certainly good enough to get me to read the first book. I've been recommending it to several people since, first with the caveat that there was a third book forthcoming soon, then with the caveat that the third book had been pushed back, and then with the caveat that even if the third book never came out, at least the first two stood well on their own.
This was a buddy read with a good friend on here who we share multiple book interests in. Eilonwy, I didn't think I'd beat you to the end but I'm waving as you come racing across the finish line close behind!

I was almost afraid to start this one. A little back story, the really comfy hole in the wall bookstore I like in Madison so much, A Room of Ones Own ( If you live near Madison, Wisconsin or are in one day, check it out!) and I saw this book. I didn't know the two b
Kevin Xu
The book is extremely well written as he has said that interviews that he finished the book back in 2011, but had to rewrite the book due to the end of his marriage, which is the reason that it took so long to come out.

The problem had with the book is that even though this is a good book, for the overall plot of the series, nothing gets tied up and resolved as this book is only a episode of a larger story. But I guess that is a problem with all epic fantasy where each book builds upon the last.
Sherwood Smith
Oct 25, 2014 Sherwood Smith added it
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This is my favorite of the three so far. I loved the structure, shifting back and forth from past to present, the past segments informing developments of the present ongoing lethal craziness that you expect to be boiling around Locke and Jean's ears.

There was one relationship that exasperated me for the first half of the book, but in a minor way as there was so much story going on around it. Then in the second half that shifted, developed, and I loved it. I don't know that I completely buy the h
If the release date for this book gets pushed back any further I will RAGEEEEE.

*new publication date released for 2012*




*publication moved to 2013*

bangs head repeatedly on desk**

Just such an amazing series. And even more fun reading it and discussing it with so many people! I really can't wait for the next one.
the fault of this book in a word is "filler"; extremely strong ending raised it one notch but the middle 2/3 of it is just lots of filler that is not that important; the beginning is pretty good and promising except that the suspense on which it is predicated (Locke dying) is obviously missing (blurb) and then comes a very strong set-up; sadly the main action is just filler that is entertaining enough to turn pages and has some fun moments, all written in the engaging style of the author, but ot ...more
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I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I've lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.

The Lies of Locke Lamora, my first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this s
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Other Books in the Series

Gentleman Bastard (7 books)
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1)
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
  • The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastards, #4)
  • The Ministry of Necessity (Gentleman Bastard, #5)
  • The Mage and the Master Spy (Gentleman Bastard, #6)
  • Inherit the Night (Gentleman Bastard, #7)
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2) The Bastards and the Knives (Gentleman Bastard, #0) The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastards, #4) The Gentleman Bastard Books One and Two (The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, #1-2)

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