The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves

eBook - 2013
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A-- Praise for Scott Lynch's -- Red Seas Under Red Skies "Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent ... No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization."--Locus "The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be."--SFX From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780553905588
0553905589
0553588966
9780553588965
0553804693
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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isaachar
Apr 25, 2018

The third book in the Gentlemen Bastards series moves at a slower pace than the first two. The heist element is absent this time around, and the two plot lines are more about scams. A political scam in the present and a performance scam in the past. I kept expecting side characters or plots from the previous books to re-appear, but they never did. In fact, while the status of one of the villains in the first book plays an important role in the plot, you could probably read this chapter without having ever read the first two. The end of the story sets up (who I assume is) the overarching villain of the series. Readers finally learn a great deal more about the origin's of 'Locke Lamora', before his earliest memories in Camorr. Which also leads to some heavy foreshadowing to his future. Honestly, I would never have guessed it. The only downside to this entry was the 'past' story-line was less interesting than the present one. Also, Locke's initial blind infatuation/obsession with Sabetha felt somewhere between 'needlessly excessive' and 'stalker-y'. It gets explained around 3/4ths of the way into the book, and while it makes sense and has a purpose, it still becomes creepy in a narrative sense. I can hardly wait for the next book, 'The Thorn of Emberlain'.

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stewstealth
Apr 08, 2017

Good characterizations along with some interesting dialogue and colorful metaphors. The narrative can be a bit slow at times and the plot appears contrived. This is the third book in a series of at least four, so the contrivance of the plot likely is to tie in the stories. Worth it if you like the genre.

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red_cobra_341
Jan 31, 2017

This is better than the second book but not quite as good as the first. It can get a bit slow at times, though maybe that's just me and my personal preferences. It also has more romance than you'd expect, and romances just aren't my thing. Nice ending, though.

ChristchurchLib Mar 21, 2016

This 3rd installment of the Gentleman Bastards series, after The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies, opens with notorious thief and con artist Locke Lamora slowly succumbing to death by poisoning while his partner-in-crime, Jean, scrambles to find an antidote. It turns out that the price of saving Locke's life is working for the Bondsmagi of the city of Karthain, who want the duo to rig a local election. Meanwhile, the return of Locke's long-lost love, Sabetha, complicates an already sticky situation. For more lively, witty fantasy caper novels starring charming rogues, check out Rachel Aaron's Legend of Eli Monpress series, beginning with The Spirit Thief.

mvkramer Dec 19, 2015

Old friends and enemies come back to haunt Locke and Jean, as they try to steal the largest, strangest target yet - an election. This is the best book of the series so far. The past and present storylines weave together very nicely, and both schemes - in the past, saving a struggling theater company, in the present, rigging an election - are exciting and fun. I loved how Locke's old antagonists - the magi - come back and play such a central role - and have been set up to continue to make him miserable in The Thorn of Emberlain.

KateHillier Jun 02, 2015

Events pick up right after the devastating events of "Red Sea Under Red Skies" with a desperate Jean trying as hard as he can to procure an antidote for the unknown poison that's killing Locke. Help and employment come from unexpected quarters. With Locke restored to help and the pair tasked to rig an election, they find the agent hired for the other side is Sabetha - an old friend of them both and an old love of Locke's.

The romance, or really lack thereof I'd argue since the pair of them are more ready to kill each other than kiss in my mind, is handled quite well. Sabetha is an interesting and multilayered who is a joy to finally meet. The playful (mostly) rivalry between the two in the election is hilarious and fun to watch as are the flashback chapters with the Gentleman Bastards taking on their first assignment solo.

There are some really interesting developments in the final hundred pages of this book and I'm curious to see how that all plays out in the next book. It seemed a little bit tired (it's something we've all sort of seen before in fantasy) but it's interesting enough in both execution and Locke's reactions to it that I have faith.

Still hilarious, profane, and lots and lots of high stakes fun. Almost as good as the first one.

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GuyN
Jan 15, 2015

Orphan child raised to thievery in the streets, check. Big bruiser buddy for badinage, check. (Ala Fafnir and the Grey Mouser,) Female romantic interest who alternates "Come here" with "Go away" signals for young hero, check. Story flashing back and forth between two timelines, check. Still, it's well enough done and the characters are skillfully sketched. Foreshadowings of each dramatic change appear. Admittedly, I jumped in the middle of this series, but I didn't get lost, although I am not a fan of dueling plots from different times. Our heroes are more con artists than thieves and their ability to conjure success from immanent defeat is entertaining if you don't look too closely.

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hindins
Mar 17, 2014

I found it hard to enjoy this story as much as the first two - which I loved. While it was great to get the back-story and to finally meet Sabetha it meant basically telling two separate adventures in the one book and I think that as a result neither of them had the level of intricacy or depth that the previous stories had. Also an entire chapter at the end is given to setting up the next book or series and I also think that that was unnecessary - it would have been better to make it the prologue to the next book.

So in the end, still a good read and nice to find out about Sabetha but not as satisfying as the first two books.

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humbleworm
Feb 03, 2014

The primary intent of this 3rd book is character development. It fills in gaps and extends the story of characters lost or only hinted at in the 1st novel. As such, the essence of the primary plot could be boiled down to a few sentences and it is clearly setup for a 4th. I enjoyed it nevertheless and read it in a day.

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Acteon
Jan 06, 2014

I loved the first two books, but coulnd't enjoy this one. Instead of regailing us with the details awesome stunts pulled by Locke and the GB, we only get references to what they did or comments after the fact, and his relationship with Sabetha is just one argument after another. I don't think these books need more romance, but something more of their adventures together that shows why they like each other in the first place would have been nice. I hope that the fourth book gives Sabetha more range, as I think she is an interesting character when we hear of her exploits, but the back and forth between her and Locke was too drawn out. I understand that their relationship is supposed to be tumultuous, but I was hoping for more action, rather than the same argument back and forth for so many pages.

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