Review: The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves is the third book in the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch, and the last book that is out currently.

Plot:

Locke Lamora has been slowly wasting away since his last adventure with cohort and best friend Jean Tannen didn’t pan out the way they’d planned. He’s fine with the fact that he’s dying, but Jean isn’t. Much to their horror and surprise a mysterious Bondsmage appears and offers them an opportunity they can’t possibly refuse. After all, Locke Lamora is dying.

Opinion:

I liked the way the book jumped back and forth between the past and the present. In the present we get shenanigans between Jean, Lock and Sabetha, under the watchful eyes of the Bondsmagi. In the past we get to see almost all the Gentleman Bastards from the first book again, accompanied by some new characters in the form of actors.

This is the first actual appearance of Sabetha on the page, in both past and present. We’ve heard Locke and Jean speak of her, but I’ve never really had an image of her in my mind. I also didn’t realise how big a part she used to be of the Gentleman Bastards, and how entangled she already was with Locke.

I’m not sure if I like their relationship. I like their friendship, and the fact that they work well together when involved in schemes. But their “love” relationship seems to be a hurdle race that never ends. Wouldn’t it be better for all involved to just give up? To call it quits? I mean, it must be so exhausting for both of them, this game they are playing. And while I could understand some of the points Sabetha made, in both the present and the past, I’m not quite sure if she believes that Locke actually loves her. I myself am uncertain it’s not just an obsession.

The story itself was captivating, and it kept me guessing who would win the eventual vote up until the last second. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, when it comes out.

Rating:

8.7/10

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Review: Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay is the third book by this author that I’ve read so far, and as always, Kay delivers.

Plot:

Shen Tai has been labouring for two years to lay at rest the bones of the thousands of Kitan and Taguran warriors that lie naked at Kuala Nor, in honour of his late father. He labours day after day, and listens to the angry and sad voices of the ghosts of the slain at night. Soldiers from both sides of the conflict, and both fortresses on either side, honour his hard work, and help by providing provisions and whatever he might need. The official mourning period is almost over, but Shen Tai has not yet thought of what he would do when it is. Then a princess of Kitan, now one of the Tarugan leader’s wives, gifts him with 250 Sardian horses. A most dangerous gift that causes Tai’s world to change forever.

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Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I heard of this book through r/fantasy, because that’s where I learn about most new books these days. Everyone spoke well about The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, so I figured, why not try it out? And so I bought it. It was money well spent.

Plot:

The Empire of Masks has landed on the shores of peaceful Taranoke, and with them it brings new rules, new ways of thinking, and thoughts on what is, and isn’t, proper. They take the Taranoke children and set them up in a school, to learn of the wonders of the Empire, and to groom them for positions in their ranks. Baru Cormorant is one such a child. And she’s especially gifted at numbers. When she gets appointed the title of Imperial Accountant in a distant land called Aurdwynn, she is both apprehensive and excited. Because she has never forgotten her one true goal: learn everything she could to empower herself, and bring the Empire of Masks down from the inside. For her beloved Taranoke.

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Review: The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding

The Ace of Skulls is the fourth and final book in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding.

Plot:

The crew of the Ketty Jay has been set up, betrayed, double-crossed and shot down. They’ve done terrible things for money, and displayed heroics for no other reason than righteousness. They’re rascals with a heart. But now civil war has come to Vardia, and captain Darian Frey knows his was a large part in its conception. The Archduke’s forces and the religious Awakeners are at each other’s throats, and Vardia is caught int he middle. Frey is determined to keep his crew out of the war, but chaos has a way of disrupting the best laid of plans.

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Review: The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding

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The Black Lung Captain is the second novel in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding. I raced through this one in a day and a half, so that’s an indication of how much I liked it.

Plot:

Captain Darian Frey is down on his luck. His aircraft is old, rusty, and the engines are only being held together by the craft of Silo, while his crew is squabbling and broke. How he will keep the Ketty Jay in the air and his crew fed is a question that keeps playing in his mind. Enter captain Grist, who want Frey and his crew to accompany him on an expedition of sorts. Grist found an explorer who’d discovered an ancient aircraft that crashed on a remote island full of monstrous beasts. The aircraft contains treasures of a lost civilization. Frey thinks it’s dangerous, and too good to be true. But what’s a broke captain to do?  Continue reading