Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies
By Scott Lynch
Published 2007 by Gollancz
4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: Thief and con-man extraordinaire, Locke Lamora, and the ever lethal Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. But they can’t run forever and when they stop they decide to head for the richest, and most difficult, target on the horizon. The city state of Tal Verarr. And the Sinspire.

The Sinspire is the ultimate gambling house. No-one has stolen so much as a single coin from it and lived. It’s the sort of challenge Locke simply can’t resist…

…but Locke’s perfect crime is going to have to wait.

Someone else in Tal Verarr wants the Gentleman Bastards’ expertise and is quite prepared to kill them to get it. Before long, Locke and Jean find themselves engaged in piracy. Fine work for thieves who don’t know one end of a galley from another.

This book. Oh, this book played with my feelings of love, sorrow and happiness. I wasn’t that impressed with the first book in the series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, I thought it was good but this book was excellent. I cried and laughed and loved with it the whole time and now I am so sad that it’s over. One of the reasons that I liked this much better than the first one was because we already are familiar with Locke and Jean so the writer could use more time to introduce secondary characters and the circumstances better.

We got so much Jean on this book. I just loved to read from his viewpoint, how he tries to survive after the happenings in Camorra. The way he starts to make a new gang when Locke is drinking himself away to deal with the sorrow of their friends deaths was just so heart jerking to read. There’s also strain between Locke and Jean because after escaping Camorra, Locke gave in for his sorrow and after two years and in a new job that still strains their relationship. And of course the things doesn’t go so easily for them and the complications to their plans starts appearing.

My favorite moments  in the book was when they were out at the sea, first as the captain and after that working for Zamira Drakasha. These were really happy moments for them, especially Jean who made closer contact with one of his shipmates. Also the kitten in The Poison Orchid, Regal, it was so cute! I just loved the scenes where Locke was telling it that he doesn’t get attached to him and still he takes him with them when they leave the ship. I really wanted them to continue be happy but it seems that the writer, Scott Lynch doesn’t want that.

I can’t really say anything bad about this book. There were times I got little bored of the descriptions of the landscapes but overall this was really fantastic book and I can’t wait to read the third one and see what Locke and Jean are up to. Also I heard there was going to be more Sabetha in that book than just two sentences. (Really, Lynch, are you just going to tease with this romance in the books but never actually show it!?)

Have you read Read Seas Under Red Skies? Tell your thoughts on it below on the comments. 🙂


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