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The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  50,035 Ratings  ·  3,387 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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Apr 15, 2017 ☽Luna☾ rated it really liked it

“False names are fun,” said Calo. “Call me Beefwit Smallcock.”

**this review contains mass amounts of quotes and fanart because I'm so inlove with these books and can't get enough. You have been warned**


This is a tough review for me to write, mainly because I really love this series and consider it a favorite, so I had high expectations for this novel. However my expectations for this one were not met and I'm kinda disappointed. I really truly feel it is the weakest story in the series so
Apr 16, 2017 Petrik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
3.5/5 Stars

Let me begin by saying that if I read this book without knowing about Scott Lynch’s struggle with depression during his 6 years time of writing this book, I’ll probably rate this book lower. This doesn’t mean that the book received a better rating from me because of his depression itself, no it doesn't. It’s because the knowledge of that fact provide better understanding to some context in this book, specifically to why some parts are infuriating to read and why there are times when t
Cait (Paper Fury)
By this point I fully confess I AM DOOMED TO LOVE EVERY BOOK IN THE GENTLEMEN BASTARD SERIES. Doomed I tell you. Because it's hurting me but I'm so obsessed I can't stop???? And although this one is actually my least favourite of the 3 so's still freaking 5 stars. So DOOMED, I say again, and then I fall on a heap on the floor because The Thorn of Emberlain doesn't come out till April and I'm suuuuuuffering with the waiting.

(NOTE: the cliffhanger isn't actually as bad as the last book's.
Oct 30, 2010 Campbell rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2012 Nico rated it it was ok
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
Will M.
Jun 15, 2014 Will M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, books-i-own
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
We are back on track!!!

I don’t have time for a super in depth review but let’s just say that some of the magic that was lost for me in Red Seas over Red Skies is now back again.

Part of the reason is the flashbacks to when Locke and Jean were kids running scams and seeing Sabatha when she was part of their team. The other reason is Sabatha now. SHE IS AMAZING!!! You are either going to love her or hate her but I love her and I love Locke’s reactions to her.
“I’m, uh, going up to the room … to ge
Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

"You're trying to be charming again," she said softly, "but I choose not to be charmed, Locke Lamora."

Long last, after three hefty books, we finally meet Locke's lost love, Sabetha Belacoros.

Quick crash course for those with short-term memory loss: Sabetha was a Gentleman Bastard and is hinted to be romantically involved with Locke, and then left for some unknown reason. Locke still loves her, but is slightly bitter about it.

That's from the first two books. In this one, we finally me
Crooked Warden, Nameless Thirteenth, guide Scott Lynch’s pen swiftly through Locke Lamora’s next daring adventure. Grant him new ways of tickling my 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 ra
Jul 01, 2013 Nathan rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 21, 2010 Simeon rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
TS Chan
May 03, 2015 TS Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this series. I love the Locke and Jean bromance. And I'm delighted with the humour, though crude, is strangely eloquent. However, the quality of the books seem to be dropping as the series progressed.

As engaging as the plot was, The Republic of Thieves did suffer from really uneven pacing; some setpieces were dragged out, some rushed through. What I did absolutely love from this book was the backstory Interludes which brought the reader back to Locke's much younger days
Feb 07, 2017 Jesper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual the worldbuilding is great. You really want to be a part of this world, the scents, the buildings, the people. The pace is a lot slower than the rest of the series and I found this one not quite as enjoyable as the prequels, but still a very good book.
Jennifer Lim
Nov 18, 2012 Jennifer Lim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, grimdark
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
Aug 21, 2015 Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015
Seeing as this is the 3rd book in a series, I don't want to say too much about the plot. I will say that I enjoyed this one much more than Red Seas Under Red Skies but still not quite as much as the first book The Lies of Locke Lamora.

I appreciate that we *finally* got to learn more about Sabetha, and the flashbacks in this book, YOU GUYS, the flashbacks were SO good. I loved the theatrical and political aspects of this one a lot. And as always, Locke & Jean are the ultimate BroTP (pretty 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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
3.5 rounded up bc Locke. and the flashbacks. god the flashbacks.

"Here's to politics," said Sabetha. "Let's never hop in bed with it again."

If there's one takeaway from this book for me, that's it. Also, (view spoiler) Never EVER thought I would say that.

After the first book, I know I'd be a fool to NOT be wary of the Bondsmagi, any of them. And they finally make a spectacular reentrance here, much to the chagrin of our heroes (is that a spoiler?
Oct 13, 2014 Sanaa rated it it was amazing
[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
I've been in love with this cover since i didn't even know who Scott Lynch was.
Jun 28, 2013 Navessa marked it as to-read
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David Sven
May 21, 2013 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
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
Jack Snow
Mar 28, 2017 Jack Snow rated it really liked it

After hearing all the talk about this book over the last few years, I understand where everyone was coming from. This wasn't as good as the previous books. I blame the flashbacks. Whilst they were interesting, I feel like the book would have been a lot better if they hadn't gone throughout the whole book. Still, it was enjoyable for the most part. I would have liked a greater emphasis placed upon the con itself, as that's what I've come to like so much about the series. Still the premise that
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.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
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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
Mar 19, 2017 Nathalie rated it really liked it
Well.... Certainly not what I expected. I'll start with the positive. Also, this is gonna be long, since it's impossible to be brief where the Gentlemen Bastards are concerned ^^'

The good:

In this third installment, we actually follow two storylines, present Locke & Jean in Karthain, and flashbacks of the Gentlemen Bastards debuts. Usually as a reader I always find one of those at least a little boring and cannot wait to get back to the good stuff. It wasn't the case here, AT ALL. To my great
Michael *Windrunner*
May 28, 2015 Michael *Windrunner* rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
Another solid entry in a great series. This story grappled with several plotlines that I had questions about. Mild Spoiler (view spoiler)

One of my favorite parts about this series is the witty and lithe wordplay. It makes me want to elevate my diction particularly as it relates to insults. (Granted, I don't much love the swearing and more crass language). Instead of "I'm going to ki
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
Jul 02, 2013 Mihir rated it liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

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
Jul 14, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
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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 Bastard, #4)
  • The Ministry of Necessity (Gentleman Bastard, #5)
  • The Mage and the Master Spy (Gentleman Bastard, #6)
  • Inherit the Night (Gentleman Bastard, #7)

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