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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Excellent sequel

Great follow up to the first book. Different enough to be fresh, familiar enough to be comfortable. Definitely reccomend.

posted by 3600205 on September 11, 2011

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not Recommended - boring

Tideous monologue of banter between main character. Skips around too much. Tiresome time following where the author is going for the main point. Hard time keeping my attention.

posted by Pepper08 on February 8, 2012

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    Now That's Entertainment

    I liked the first book. It was a well developed world with exceptional characters. The second book made me laugh out loud numerous times. It is so good that I am making my friends read the first one just so they can read the second one. None have been disappointed. If you like humor and adventure on a grand scale then read both.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

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    The second volume in the Gentlemen Bastards series follows a pat

    The second volume in the Gentlemen Bastards series follows a pattern much like that of book one. The story picks up almost immediately where the first one ended. On that note I will say that if you've yet to read "The Lies of Locke Lamora" do not read any further, as the are spoilers for that book the are necessary for the review of this volume.

    Goodreads Description / Blurb:

    In his highly acclaimed debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch took us on an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a band of daring thieves led by con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. Now Lynch brings back his outrageous hero for a caper so death-defying, nothing short of a miracle will pull it off.
    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long—and are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele—and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior... and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house's cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire.

    Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors... straight to Requin's teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb—until they are closer to the spoils than ever.

    But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo's secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough...



    Now that you have a general idea of the overall plot, let's talk about what worked for me in the second book of this series, as well as what didn't. . .

    Once again Lynch is able to make you feel the characters' emotions instead of just reading about them. Even through all the chaos surrounding them, the emotions of each character are the driving force. The pain & heartbreak felt by both Locke and Jean remains a palpable force, returning the reader to the excruciating and heartrending condition both men were in at the end of the first book. As much as I appreciate Lynch's ability to craft scenes that keep the reader's emotional state in a twist throughout, this time around there were only a few times that he moved our two heroes out of one emotional state at all.

    Locke was a survivor and natural leader in book one, impossible to suppress for any length of time. Yet as after the dust settles from the climax in "The Lies of Locke Lamora," he has become just a ghost of the vibrant character I had come to love and admire. As he sinks further and further into depression and self-pity it falls on Jean to take up the mantle of leadership. This part is great, as Jean gets to grow into himself via his heavily increased storyline. Lynch makes it easy for the reader to identify with Jean, for most of us have taken care of someone sick who becomes intractable, cranky, and just plain obnoxious at some point during their illness or recovery.

    After everyone suffers through Locke's first round of illness and/or depression the men get back into the game. Forced to flee Camorra they focus their attention and numerous talents on possibly the toughest job in the known world, breaking into the vaults of the Sinspire. The Sinspire, in the city of Tal Verrar, is the most exclusive gaming house in the known world. And it certainly didn't get to the top being run by a halfwit. While Requin is a power to be reckoned with it is his majordomo Selendri that is the more formidable of the pair. Selendri is one of the first strong female characters Lynch introduces, bring a bit more balance and appeal for female readers. Up to this point the story is cruising along and remains fun and interesting without becoming stale, which could have easily happened since the two men are basically doing the same thing they did back in Camorra - only the scenery and players have changed. Then it is almost as if Lynch became bored with his own storyline and decided to write an entirely different book, forcing Locke and Jean to assume an entirely new career, choosing to place them in a position of imbalance where they lack their suave surety and belief in their own abilities. At the same time they are undergoing this reversal of fortune they must pull off one of their most dramatic schemes yet in order to convince those around them that the two men know exactly what they are doing in the role which they have been cast.

    While the book suddenly feels somewhat schizophrenic in regard to the storyline, the change does at least introduce us to some great female leaders. Zamira, the notorious pirate who runs her ship the 'Poison Orchid' with an iron fist, yet sails with her two small children aboard while she is busy sacking any hapless ship that has the misfortune of crossing her path. For all her fearsome reputation Jean & Locke have a chance to learn another trade they can add to their already substantial arsenal of abilities. Then there is the petite but fiery Ezri, Zamira's first-mate. Though possessed of small frame, she is a dynamo that can kick ass with the best of them, and she certainly isn't shy about taking what she wants - in this case Jean. And of course there is Selendri from the Sinspire, a force to be reckoned with for even the most powerful of men. As things continue to somehow mysteriously go wrong for the pair the story-line becomes more and more convoluted as Lynch works to blend the original two seemingly separate story-lines into one cohesive tale.

    By the end of the book Lynch manages to pull all his threads together to weave a more complete tapestry than I expected, yet it still didn't feel quite as seamless as the first book in the series. However the ending is a fiendish piece of work, reminiscent of the disastrous end to "The Lies of Locke Lamora."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Good.

    I much preferred the unraveling of characters, particularly the eccentric comrades of the underground, that were introduced in the first book. This was a good read. It did not have the tempo or depth of the original in my opinion. Nonetheless, it was worth the time spent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Brilliant!

    I love this series! One of the best I've read in a long, long while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Continuation of Locke Lamora

    While not as strong of a plot as the first, I was still taken in by the characters. This one provided more depth to the main characters, but did not have the punch of the first one. Still, will have me buying the next book when available.

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