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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
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Nov 28, 2011

really liked it

After reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, I was expecting more of this book, and it took two readings for me to fairly judge it.

There is one particular aspect I cannot forgive of this book: the prologue. I don't know whether the publisher or the author decided on this, but it was a flash-forward that set up Locke to be in a particularly dangerous position. By the time that point actually arrived, it turned out to be the anti-climax I expected. I think the prologue might have been there to set up the tension that, compared to tLoLL is practically absent for a long time in Red Seas Under Red Skies. With Scott Lynch's writing style, I don't think it's neccessary to do that kind of thing. He's got a lightly cynical tone that can keep the book going through the less engaging parts of the plot.

Other than the prologue, this book was as good as the last - but don't expect it to be the same. It's darker, and the characters are beginning to get caught up in things well beyond their control.

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