Red Seas under Red Skies

Red Seas under Red Skies

by Scott Lynch
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Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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.…

PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH
 
“A bright new voice in the fantasy genre.”—George R. R. Martin
 
Red Seas Under Red Skies
 
“Lynch hasn’t merely imagined a far-off world, he’s created it, put it all down on paper—the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up.”Booklist (starred review)
 
Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn’t a one-hit wonder. . . . It’ll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson.”Fantasy Book Critic
 
“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

The Lies of Locke Lamora
 
“Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553588958
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Series: Gentleman Bastard Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 59,023
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Scott Lynch was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1978 and currently lives in Wisconsin and frequently visits Massachusetts, the home of his partner, SF/F writer Elizabeth Bear. He moonlights as a game designer and volunteer firefighter. This is his second novel.

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Red Seas under Red Skies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 reviews.
Zach Teters More than 1 year ago
Great follow up to the first book. Different enough to be fresh, familiar enough to be comfortable. Definitely reccomend.
huepooh More than 1 year ago
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.
ir0nli0nzi0nzbee More than 1 year ago
Scott Lynch has done it again! He has brought me to the world of Camorr and left me wanting so much more. The adventures of Locke Lamora continue in this fantastic sequel. While at times Lynch's plot seems to get a bit convoluted, it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. The depth of Locke's character as well as the others make them feel like real people. The storyline of grand larceny and revenge are fantastic! This is quite the page turner, and I eagerly await the continuation of Locke's story!
LeiaJayne More than 1 year ago
This is a great stand alone book, although it is the follow-up to Scott Lynch's book "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and I think it fares better if you've read that book first. "Red Seas Under Red Skies is full of interesting, well-developed characters, takes place in a fascinating world, and is an example of exciting and skilled storytelling. A very fun read.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing sequel! I couldnt put it down and anxiously wait the nexr!
skicat More than 1 year ago
One of the best adventure books I've read. It had me laughing out loud and teary eyed at parts. I loved all the characters and Locke and Jean were better than the dynamic duo! I can't wait to read his next book!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great follow-up to The Lies of Locke Lamora.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one if the few series that can hold my attention and keep me wanting more. Thank you Scott for such an awesome series!
DavidWiley More than 1 year ago
This book, as many sequels do, fell short of the greatness and excitement that came from reading the first book in the series. The Lies of Locke Lamora was fantastic from beginning until the end and I had a hard time putting it down. This book began in a similar fashion - the opening scene foreshadowing betrayal and the time at the Sinspire was excellent. But this book definitely hit a slump as soon as they went off to train to navigate a ship, and that slump didn't truly end until the grand schemes began to come together at the end. There was a lot of good stuff happening with the characters and events during their time on the Poison Orchid, but it was definitely the weak spot in this novel and the reason it gets the 4 starts instead of five. Still a good read, but not nearly as good as the first book.
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Loved this book! Very entertaining!
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A rollicking good read. Just as good if not better than the first one!
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Res three is a book called sea to sky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not using Ravine because she di<_>ed. Just rp at te thrid result at JayClan. We will move when its time. But not for a while.
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Im locked out there too
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