The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves

by Scott Lynch
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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A bright new voice in the fantasy genre” (George R. R. Martin), acclaimed author Scott Lynch continues to astound and entertain with his thrillingly inventive, wickedly funny, suspense-filled adventures featuring con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. And The Republic of Thieves is his most captivating novel yet.
 
With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.
 
Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body—though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring—and the Bondsmage’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.
 
Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha—or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.

PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH

The Republic of Thieves
 
“Fast paced, fun, and impossible to put down . . . Locke and company remain among the most engaging protagonists in fantasy.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
The Republic of Thieves has all the colorful action, witty repartee, and devious scheming that fans of the series have come to expect.”Wired
 
“A fantasy world unique among its peers . . . If you’re looking for a great new fantasy series this is one you won’t want to miss. . . . In a word: AWESOME!”SF Revu

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 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: 9780553804690
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Series: Gentleman Bastard Series , #3
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Scott Lynch is the author of The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies. He lives in Wisconsin and frequently visits Massachusetts, the home of his partner, SF/F writer Elizabeth Bear. He moonlights as a volunteer firefighter.

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Kat-NE More than 1 year ago
I was afraid that I was going to be let down after such a long wait, but thankfully, it did not dissapoint! Sure, some of the plotlines were a little crazy (Locke's backstory, anyone?), but I think anyone who is a fan of this series will be able to overlook that and have another amazing adventure with the boys. And Lynch's made-up world is just as spectacular in it's detail and side characters, as always. And all the Sabetha/Locke stuff was just a treat to read. And I would recommend to anyone who has not read the first one (God knows why you would be reading this review if you haven't . . . ): Go buy it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!.  love the wit, the humor, the characters.  can't wait for the sequels!
TimothyRook More than 1 year ago
With much trepidation did I undertake reading Republic of Thieves. I was only mildly enamored by Scott Lynch’s previous work and while many people touted the genius of this new work, the reviews were definitely mixed. I have to say that I truly loved the main story of Republic of Thieves much more than I did the main plot of Lies of Locke Lamora or Red Seas under Red Skies. The interludes, however, remained the same for me. I just cannot get into them. They seem like a wholly waste of time and effort. I have often thought that these distractions had the sole purpose of the telling exposition but I’m all most always proven wrong in this. I just can’t understand why Scott Lynch is so addicted to telling two stories at the same time. I suppose it is that he likes the characters that he killed off in book one and just like the remaining Gentleman Bastards themselves, cannot put their fellows completely to rest. Which is certainly fine for those who enjoy the interludes. I do not. I have to admit however, that this is, in my opinion the best book Scott Lynch has ever written and while the ending was less than tidy it was incredibly interesting. I will certainly read the next Gentleman Bastards book whenever it is released. If you are a fan of the series I would say that you will have a lovely time with this book. If you are a fan uncertain as to whether to pick this up, let me assure you that you will have fun. If you haven’t read Scott Lynch before let me point you in the direction of Lies of Locke Lamora. Because if you don’t read the first book in the series most this book will not mean very much to you. While the author does an excellent job of trying to make this a standalone novel. It is really best for most readers to simply read the series in order. I can only hope subsequent books are as good as this, for the author is truly on a roll.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Gentlemen Bastard series, and of course Scott Lynch's writing, and I have to say that this is the best book that he's written yet! His clever and expressive writing style has managed to suck me in once again, and there were times when I was reading this book for hours and didn't even realize it! Republic of Thieves has a fantastic plot line that has you holding your breath at every turn. There is just enough mystery that you stay hooked. Also, it was great to finally meet the infamous Sabetha and getting to know her. After waiting a good couple years to read this book, it definitely exceeded expectation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting 5 years for this book and I had high expectations. After all the author's personal issues, I was ready to be let down but this book is incredible. I'm about to start rereading it. The author continues to develop the characters as the series progresses and I'm eager to see how they develop. My only complaint is that the thieves aren't necessarily bad enough. I prefer grey characters who kill from time to time. Small complaint though, the dialogue is fantastic. I kept wanting to skip ahead but there weren't any useless passages to jump through. I'll buy the next book too.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Lacked some depth, predictable, vague
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This is a refreshing read that is unique and yet familiar to any that reads fantasy.
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eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Series gets better and better. Start at the beginning and enjoy everyone one. Looking forward to additional books by this author, whether in this series or a new one.
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Can't wait for the next one.
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Loved the first two books but this one was disappointing. Sabetha rerturnsbut not as a human, instead she is a series of tropes from a romance novel. I read a whole book about her and have no idea what her personality even is. And there is no plot to speak of. There are a couple subplots that the reader is let in on at the end as a fait accompli but overall I have no idea what this book was about.
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