The Republic of Thieves: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book Three
After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi.
It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life...more
I've seen quite a few of these type of female 'love interests' and they always make me wonder uneasily what sort of relationships the authors have had.(less)
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 ...more
And isn’t that the truth? Locke Lamora has been through hell, and his life is about to get even more messy. After dealing with a dreaded Bondmagi in the Lies of Locke Lamora, and somehow surviving, Locke has found himself on borrowed time after his experience in Red Seas Under Red Skies.
Pumping through his veins is a deadly poison. It is slowly eating away at ...more
“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 ...more
(NOTE: the cliffhanger isn't actually as bad as the last book's. ...more
What a great fantasy series this is! I did find this one ever so slightly harder to tackle, it's a good 100 pages longer than book 2 and a lot of the content was quite political and less fast moving.
Locke and Jean have managed to escape their latest escapade on the high seas and are now firmly back on land. Before long they have been swept up by the Bondsmagi and forced into another heist filled with deception and tric ...more
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 s ...more
The flashback this time dealt, at first, with ho ...more
I was in love with the first book in the series, The Lies of Locke Lamora. Everything about it made me jump with joy while reading, even the gory parts. I loved the characters, the cussing, the banter between the characters, the dark side of Locke’s mind, even the never ending world building. On to Red Seas Under Red Skies. I still enjoyed it a lot even though more than half was set on the sea and I am not a fan of seafaring. Still, the plot was interesting, Locke and Jean were as fu ...more
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 ...more
The second book in this series was excellent!
This book was just meh . . .
Each one of the books is a similarly meandering and complex epic adventure with twists, turns, and surprises. The Republic of Thieves was no exception. The problem was that I could not really get invested in either of the main storylines. The previous books were true adventures while these stories just felt like ho –hum, day in the life type stuff.
I will say that if you like the ...more
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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 ...more
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...more
This is just the best book yet on Locke and Jean. We are at a point in which we know the two are the closest buddies ever. They are (and continue to be) the priority on everything and everyone for each other.
Their dialogues are pure gold. I was listening to the audiobook while at the gym and I would giggle or laugh every now and again and people would stare at me as if I was crazy. The jury is still out there on ...more
"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 meet the el ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Republic of Thieves is yet another outstanding and highly entertaining continuation of the witty, highly sarcastic and definitely R17-rated series Gentleman Bastards!
Again, Scott Lynch had me on the floor belly up laughing for most of the series, and trust me ‘The Republic of Thieves’ was just as fun as the previous 2 entries in the series! I’m a big believer of Goodreads, and all the wonderful (and some not so wonderful) reviews in here. Nothing is worse than reading a ...more
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 ...more
If you remember, I had a feeling that the previous instalment of Gentleman Bastards was the book proper an accompanying pirate novella. Now, the Republic of Thieves is also a co ...more
"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)[thirteen gods bless the Falconer. (hide 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? ...more
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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 ...more
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