It goes without saying that any series in which each successive book makes the reader demand a sequel now, right now, or better still, yesterday, cou...moreIt goes without saying that any series in which each successive book makes the reader demand a sequel now, right now, or better still, yesterday, could probably be considered to be "not half bad".
My obsession with The Republic of Thieves, throughout its long and arduous cycle from inception to production, has gone through all the five stages of grief, and then some. After all, it's not often than one gets to read books as brilliant as The Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and then spend the next 6 years re-reading them and wondering whether the next novel in the sequence is forthcoming or not.
If you can look into the seeds of time And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear
...because lo and behold, some 6 years and a couple of months later, The Republic of Thieves is out. And it delivers. Oh yes, does this book deliver. We get more Locke and Jean, Chains and the Sanzas. We finally get to see the heretofore mysterious Sabetha. There are more Magi and there is even theatre! Of course, The Republic of Thieves is to theatre what Naruto is to ramen, because what we've really come to expect from Gentlemen Bastards is a nice confidence scheme, and Scott Lynch delivers on that front as well because this time around our characters pull (arguably) the biggest and the most ambitious heist yet. And the writing that same unique blend of humour and seriousness which sets Scott apart from his contemporaries and which we've come to love in the previous novels.
At the end of the day, if you’ve read the previous two books, you’ll most likely love this one, and tear your hair in frustration when you read the epilogue. If you haven’t read the first two books, you should do that, and save the tearing of hair after until a few sleepless nights later.(less)
I saw this book in the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section of the Amazon product page for Patrick Lee's The Breach. I'm not a huge fa...moreI saw this book in the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section of the Amazon product page for Patrick Lee's The Breach. I'm not a huge fan of those modern scifi-thrillers, but I am a sucker of mythology, and something with "Atlantis" in its name is almost always worth a look.
In any case, the book is very decent. Do not expect deep characters or solid science. The worldbuilding is great, fueled by the captivating mythology beind it. Occasional insights into science and history, however scientifically [in]accurate they may be, are also a very interesting read. And most importantly, pacing grips you from the start and doesn't let go until the very end.
To sum it up. highly recommended if you enjoy the likes of Dan Brown and Patrick Lee.(less)
By the power vested in me by myself, I hereby place the yet unreleased sequel to this book in the proud second place of OG's Most Anticipated Fantasy...moreBy the power vested in me by myself, I hereby place the yet unreleased sequel to this book in the proud second place of OG's Most Anticipated Fantasy Books list, right under Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves.