I’ve already written about Scott Lynch’s first book, “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” but after learning that there was a sequel, I first put in a reservation request at my local library… and then, unable to wait, went out to Barnes & Noble and bought the book immediately. There is still a benefit to brick and mortar bookstores!
The first book in the Gentleman Bastards series, “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” took place in Camorr, the massive city where the thieves run thick as, well, thieves. At the end of the book, however, most of Locke’s posse is dead, the city is in disarray, and Locke and his companion, Jean, decide that it would perhaps be best for them to seek their fortunes elsewhere.
So the first book was heists and dishonesty. The second book? Pirates and dishonesty!
Locke and Jean soon find themselves held captive by the Archon of Tal Verrar, a city built on islands. The Archon gives the two men a slow-acting poison and promises them regular antidotes… as long as the man obey his commands! And the man’s first command is for Locke and Jean to start a pirate raiding vessel, to increase the city’s demand for a military to fight back.
Of course, there’s plenty more action – there’s a Pirate Queen, naval battles, treachery, and plenty of deceit and robbery to go around. Although it went in a totally different direction from the first book, Red Seas Under Red Skies was just as action-packed and thrilling!
Time to read: This is a big book, around 800 pages. I’d say about 6-7 hours.