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“Red Seas Under Red Skies” by Scott Lynch

“Red Seas Under Red Skies” is the sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora and is the second book in the Gentleman Bastards series.  Even though it’s the second book in the series, it has its own story arc.  While it would have been helpful to read LoLL first, I don’t think that it is 100% necessary.

“Red Seas Under Red Skies” takes place in the kingdom of Tal Verrar.  Locke and Jean, whom we know from the first book, are two thieves who just want to be richer and better than everybody else.  They come up with a scheme to rob the head of the Sinspire, an infamous casino.  However, other forces within the city conspire to use Locke and Jean’s unique talents toward their own ends.  Oh, and the best thing about the book?  There are pirates.

Scott Lynch’s writing is a lot of fun.  He uses creative cursing and banter to create a lighthearted atmosphere, even as his characters are fighting for their lives.  Lynch also challenges traditional gender roles, treating his female and GLBT characters as completely normal.  For example, the captain of the pirate ship is the mother of two children, and another of the pirates is a lesbian.  Neither of these things are a big deal or are seen as terribly unusual.

I’m also a big fan of the world-building.  The first book in the series was set in Camorr, which was a vaguely medieval city with glass towers that were built by the long-departed Lovecraftian Eldren.  Hungry sharks lived in Venetian canals that criss-crossed the city.  Tal Verrar evokes a different atmosphere entirely and has recently developed clockwork technology, giving it a bit more of a steampunk vibe.  I like how each city-state seems to have its own distinct atmosphere while still forming an organic part of the larger world.

Overall, I’d highly recommend “Red Seas Under Red Skies,” especially if you enjoyed “The Lies of Locke Lamora.”


I read this book as part of the Once Upon a Time Challenge and the Tea & Books Challenge.

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Readalong, Part V

First of all, a general housekeeping note… I’m out of town this weekend and posting this using WordPress’ nifty scheduler.  I won’t be back to respond to comments and visit blogs until late Monday and won’t be able to see or respond to anyone until then.  In fact, I’m going so far into the middle of nowhere that I won’t even have cell phone reception.  *evil grin*

It feels like we just started reading this book yesterday and now we’re already finished.  Many thanks to Andrea over at The Little Red Reviewer for hosting this and to all of you who wrote questions and participated in the discussions.  It’s been a wonderful experience.

This week’s questions were written by Lynn.  Today’s fan art is by shoughad and is entitled Also, I am entirely fictional.  I laughed when Locke came out with that line at long last.

From this point on, there will be MAJOR plot spoilers (major as in “We just finished the book and wanna talk about the ending”).  If you haven’t read it but are planning on reading it, stay tuned for my spoiler-free review later in the week.

Oh my god, such a lot going on I thought the showdown between the Poison Orchid and the Sovereign was brilliantly written and they were holding their own until Utgar and his nasty device turned up.  Well a lot of you had kind of predicted it, and I suppose we’d been let off too easy so far in terms of deaths of well-liked characters  – but come on,  did you expect something like that?  And how on earth will Jean ever recover?

I’ve been saying ever since we started that Ezri was doomed, but at the same time I’m glad that it was her who died.  Not that I wasn’t upset by it, but I was panicking when the ship got boarded that Zamira’s kids might end up getting hurt, and I was grateful that they didn’t.  Ezri’s death was tragic, but I’m glad that at least Lynch gave her the honor of a heroic death, albeit an incredibly painful and unnecessary one.  I feel so bad for Jean.

The deceit, the betrayal, first Rodanov and then Colvard.  Even now I’m not entirely sure I understand Colvard – Rodanov was never keen on the oath but Colvard seemed okay with it all and yet in this final deceit she was more devious than Rodanov – what do you think was her motive?

Both of their motives seemed fair enough.  If Zamira went too close to Tal Verrar then she risked upsetting the Verrari enough that they’d bring their little ships to come crush Port Prodigal.  They just wanna be left alone so they can pillage and plunder, and Zemira’s plan would threaten that if anything went wrong.

Merrain – such a puzzle, no real answer, the mysterious tattoo, the determination to kill everyone to keep her identity and that of her master a secret.  Does anybody have any ideas where she’s from and what she’s up to exactly and who the hell is she working for??

I’d lay bets on the Bondsmagi.

Finally we get to the point of the GB’s latest scheme, all that elaborate planning for two years, fancy chairs, gambling, dust covered cards, abseiling lessons – all for one gigantic bluff. I loved the diversionary tactic here but having finally reached the end of the story and, more to the point, the end result – do you think the GB’s are as clever as they think they are?

When I found out that they weren’t quite as clever as they thought they were and that the pictures were fake, I started laughing and people on the metro started giving me dirty looks.  They did earn Requin’s respect though, not that it’ll help them at all.

I must admit that I liked Requin and Selendri – particularly at the end – I don’t think Requin will go after Locke and Jean, he was even sort of cool and composed about it all, in fact he came across as a bit pleased with himself because he had the last laugh.  Plenty of good characters this time which did you enjoy reading most about this time?

Selendri was badass and I’m glad that she survived the book.  She and Requin are such a cute couple.  I also loved seeing Zamira with her kids.  She was an awesome pirate momma, and I wanna be that cool when I grow up.

Oh, and my favorite part of the entire book was when Locke and Zamira joyously sacked Salon Corbeau.  Saljesca was a bitch (and I’m actually censoring myself here, I’ve plenty of less appropriate words for her) who totally deserved it, and I want to give our pirates a hearty round of applause for doing the right thing.  *claps*

Finally, a triple barrel question, I know I shouldn’t ask this BUT, on reflection do you have a favourite between LoLL or RSURS??  And why?  Are you going to pick up Republic of Thieves?  And, where do you think Lynch will take us to next??

It’s hard to choose a favorite between the two.  I did think that RSURS was a bit less serious than LoLL.  I’m glad that each book has its own story arc.  After reading RSURS, I’ll definitely pick up Republic of Thieves.  I need to know how Locke survives the poison, and I absolutely MUST meet Sabetha.  I’m hoping it comes out soon!

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Readalong, Part IV

Welcome to week four of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong, hosted by Andrea over at The Little Red Reviewer.

The picture to the left is Ezri Delmastro by SHADOWxxxMIMZ.  Jean and Ezri are adorable, and I’m hoping that Scott Lynch doesn’t decide to get rid of her.

This week’s questions were written by Nrlymrtl from Dark Cargo.

From this point forward there will be spoilers.

1) I was much relieved when Jean and Locke made up, which started with Locke’s gesture of a cup full of honesty with Cpt. Drakasha. Do you think that was hard for Locke? Or was he using this bit of honesty like any other weapon in his arsenal to get what he wants in the end?

The honesty is a weapon, but that doesn’t mean it was easy for Locke to do.  He didn’t want to be honest with Drakasha, and telling her the truth (or at least part of it) meant swallowing his pride and acknowledging that Jean was right.

2) The Parlor Passage: We still don’t know Locke’s true name, but whatever was in that mist does. What do you think it is?

I think it’s related to the Eldren.  Some ghost or trace of their magic perhaps?

3) There was an interesting section of the book that started about where Locke assisted Drakasha in selling the Red Messenger; he put on the persona of Leocanto Kosta and used the alias Tavras Callas and then Drakasha was still thinking of him as Ravelle….. Did using all those various aliases in such a short amount of time have your mind spinning a little? Do you think Lynch did this on purpose to give the reader a sense of Locke’s mind?

One of these days Locke is going to slip up and forget what lies he’s told to whom.  It may be his undoing.  I think we saw with Locke’s interaction with Requin that even he is having a hard time keeping his stories straight.

4) That was a sweet little kiss between Cpt. Zamira and Cpt. Jaffrim at the end of the Captains’ Council. Do you think they have some history, or is it just innocent flirting that’s been going on for some time?

I think something may have happened a long time ago, but it’s in the past and not particularly relevant.  It’s a flirtatious joke/gesture for old time’s sake.

5) Jean and Ezri. Cue dove-cooing and little winged hearts with sparkles. Do you think Jean will stay with the Poison Orchid or that Ezri will leave her ship to pal around with Jean and Locke?

I still think that something bad is going to happen to Ezri, and I’ll be very upset if it does, and I do mean sobbing on the Metro upset here.  If Ezri doesn’t get killed off, I think it would be cool if they could come to a compromise in which they build elaborate schemes that require time both on land and at sea while raising a little crew of Bastards trained by Uncle Locke.

6) What is Utgar up to? What are his motivations?

I have no idea, but I do think that Locke and Jean are definitely being spied on.  Maybe something to do with Merrain and/or the assassins?

7) So last week we hashed over that Merrain killed some of Stragos’s guards on Windward Rock. But when Jean and Locke visit him, he doesn’t mention it. What is up with that?

I was wondering exactly the same thing.  I expected Stragos to say something, but he didn’t, which means either he’s found Merrain out or he has other plans for revenge on Locke and Jean.  What if he didn’t really give them the antidote?  They’d act the same way if they believed he had given it to them.

8) This week’s section left us where the book began – Jean pointing a crossbow at Locke’s throat. Do you think Jean knows who sent these crossbowers? Is he on their side? Is it a clever ploy to get him and Locke out of this predicament? Did you find it excruciatingly hard to stop here?

I had a very difficult time stopping here.  I have no idea what’s going on.  Maybe there’s some sort of Bondsmagi trick here?  Or maybe the hand signals have been compromised… I want to trust Jean, but I have no idea what’s going on.

I can’t wait to see what happens next!  I’ll see everyone next week for the conclusion of the book.

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Readalong, Part III

Hey all!  Welcome to week three of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong, which is hosted by Andrea over at The Little Red Reviewer.

The adorable picture at the left is “Locke Lamora goes cat-shopping” by missqueenmob.  I wonder if Locke’s luck would have been any different if he wouldn’t have forgotten them.

This week’s discussion questions are written by @ohthatashley.

From this point onward, beware of spoilers.

1. Locke and Jean’s ability to find themselves at the center of a serious mess seems unparalleled. At this point, do you think that Stragos will get the return he expects on his investment in them?

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they won’t betray the pirates, who are actually some pretty cool people.  I’m hoping that Locke and Jean find a way to screw Stragos over while still getting the antidote for the poison.  I don’t think Stragos is going to be too happy to see them though after what Merrain did.

2. Merrain’s activities after our boys leave Windward Rock are interesting. What do you think her plans are?

I’m standing by my theory that Merrain is working for the Bondsmagi.  She’s definitely a double agent for someone who’s out to get Locke and Jean.

3. Does anyone know why having cats aboard the ship is so important?

Because they’re adorable and eat pesky little vermin that would proliferate on the ship while at sea.  Mostly though I think they’re good luck because if something goes wrong you feel so much better about life when a cute little kitty curls up on your lap and purrs.

4. The word “mutiny” creates a lot of mental pictures. Were you surprised? Why or why not?

Something had to go wrong, and once Locke and Jean were left on their own without anyone with sailing experience, they were doomed to fail.  I’m a bit surprised that they survived the mutiny so easily though.

5. Ah, the Poison Orchid. So many surprises there, not the least of which were the captain’s children. Did you find the young children a natural part of the story?

They’re my favorite part of the Poison Orchid story.  The captain can be a pirate, sail a ship, and still have a family.  I love the way that Lynch handles women in his stories; they’re treated just like any other character with no extra fanfare or attention because they’re female.  Why wouldn’t the captain of a pirate ship be a mother with young kids?  Why wouldn’t she be teaching the little ones how to sail (and plunder)?

6. Jean is developing more and more as a character as we get further in to the book. Ezri makes the comment to him that “Out here, the past is a currency, Jerome. Sometimes it’s the only one we have.” I think several interesting possibilities are coming into play regarding Jean and Ezri. What about you?

I hope he realizes that she’s gonna die.  Let’s face it… we haven’t had any other minor characters that we can really get attached to, and Scott Lynch loves killing off characters.  Since there’s more to the series after this one, I’m assuming that Locke and Jean will survive, but I can’t see Erzi making it to the end of this book.  Poor Jean.

7. As we close down this week’s reading, the Thorn of Camorr is back! I love it, even with all the conflict.  Several things from their Camorri background have come back up. Do you think we will see more Camorri characters?

I was so pleased that Locke managed to ake a name for himself in that fight while using his thief skills and trickery.  He even did it all without Jean having to come rescue him!  I loved the banter in that scene as well.  I wonder if our good friend the Spider(s) pay any attention to going on outside of Camorr?

That’s all for this week!  Be sure to pop over to everyone else’s posts to see more RSURS discussions!

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Readalong, Part II

Welcome to the second week of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong hosted by The Little Red Reviewer.

The RSURS fan art to the left is Locke Lamora – colour by tenleftthumbs.  It seemed particularly fitting for this week’s section of the book.

It might take me a couple days to get around to visiting everyone’s posts; it’s finals time and I still have some work to finish up before the weekend’s over.

From this point onward there will be spoilers.

“And I meant it.  I’m not going to kill you, you cabbage-brained twit; I’m just going to kick you until it stops feeling good!”

Now that we know a little more about Selendri and Requin, what do you think of them? I worry Locke is suddenly realizing this con might be a bit tougher than he expected.

Scott Lynch doesn’t cease to amaze me with sheer number of ways that he can come up with to torture people.  Poor Selendri… My guess is that even though Selendri got her arm burned off she’s still working for the Archon.  I don’t think you can just stop being an Eye.  There’s a reason why she doesn’t like Locke, and I think she knows that Requin is being played.  If so, then why isn’t she telling on him?

What did you think of  Salon Corbeau and the goings on that occur there? A bit crueler than a Camorri crime boss, no?

To reiterate from the last question:  Scott Lynch doesn’t cease to amaze me with the sheer number of ways he can come up with to torture people.  Please oh please let Locke give them all a dose of their own medicine.  Lady Saljesca gets Falconer treatment though.  It’s very rare that I wish characters to die slowly and painfully, but torturing poor people for your own perverse amusement is WRONG.

The Archon might be a megalomaniacal military dictator, but he thinks he’s doing right by Tal Verrar: his ultimate goal seems to be to protect them.  What do you think he’s so afraid of?

The Bondsmagi are some pretty scary dudes.  I could see the Archon fearing their power, especially if it interferes with his own.  Honestly though I think he’s just afraid of losing his funding/navy.

And who the heck is trying to kill Locke and Jean every few days?  they just almost got poisoned (again!)!

I’m thinking Selendri.  She’s close enough to the Archon to know that Locke and Jean are up to something, but she’s not stupid and wants to clean things up herself.  Of course, I’m probably wrong, and it’s probably someone we haven’t even met yet.

Do you really think it’s possibly for a city rat like Locke to fake his way onto a Pirate ship?

Of course, and I can’t wait to see him try!

A couple random things bothered me in this section.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the book so far, but… the tipping scene seemed a bit anachronistic.  Tipping’s a pretty modern American concept, and it felt out of place.  Also, what’s up with the whole “larboard” thing?

I love how we’re seeing so much clockwork in RSURS so far.  It gives the book kind of a steampunk aesthetic, which is quite different from Camorr.

See everyone next week for chapters 7-10!


Edit as of 5/6/12:  I was wrong about the larboard and the tipping.  I’m learning a lot this week!

Also, I skipped a question because I wrote this up in a sleep-deprived haze at 2am after finishing up several papers.  Time to write down the answer!

Isn’t the Artificers’ Crescent just amazing?  If you could purchase anything there, what would it be?

I want a cute fluffy clockwork pet that I’m not allergic to!  I’m tired of being allergic to everything that’s adorable and fuzzy, and I think the Artificer’s could help me with that.

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“The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch

Over the past several weeks I’ve been participating in a readalong of Scott Lynch’s debut novel “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” the first installment of the Gentleman Bastards series.  At the end of every readalong, I like to post a spoiler-free review for anyone who didn’t follow along but is curious about the book.

“The Lies of Locke Lamora” follows a young thief’s adventures in the city-state of Camorr.  Locke is the leader of a gang known as the Gentleman Bastards, who pride themselves on using wit and knowledge to scam the nobility.  Locke finds himself against a powerful rival known as The Grey King who threatens to destroy everything Locke holds dear.

Camorr itself differs tremendously from the generic fantasy-medieval world.  The city is filled with canals, sharks, and towers built by the Eldren, a quasi-Lovecraftian departed race known for their indestructible glass-like constructions.

One of the things that stuck out to me was that Locke is forced to rely on his brains to get himself out of tricky situations.  He sucks at fighting and can’t use magic, but finds himself making enemies who are skilled at both.

If you’re easily offended by swear words then this book is not for you.  Creative cursing is used throughout the novel to give Locke’s world a unique flavor.  It makes the Gentleman Bastards more personable and believable, as Lynch realizes that not everyone should speak like nobility, especially those who are involved in the criminal underworld.  I think it made the novel more enjoyable, but some people might be put off by it.

Another forewarning… people die in this book.  Lynch puts George R. R. Martin to shame, but the deaths in the novel all have a point.

“The Lies of Locke Lamora” creates an atmosphere evoking images of Robin Hood and Oliver Twist.  It was an enjoyable read, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fantasy novel that isn’t just a Tolkein knock-off.


I read this book as a part of a groupread hosted by The Little Red Reviewer, and I’m including this review in some of the reading challenges that I’m currently participating in–the Once Upon a Time Challenge, the Speculative Fiction Challenge, and the Tea & Books Challenge.  This is also the first book that I’ve read as part of the Tea & Books Challenge, which involves reading books that are over 700 pages long.  This one clocks in at 719 pages.  I’ve been a bit behind on this particular challenge, but I’m planning to read more chunksters over the summer when I don’t have to worry about schoolwork.

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Lies of Locke Lamora Readalong, Part V

“I’m not going to kill you,” said Locke.  “I’m going to play a little game I like to call ‘scream in pain until you answer my fucking questions.'”

And now for the final week of our discussions of The Lies of Locke Lamora… time has flown!

The readalong is hosted by Little Red Reviewer, so drop by her blog to find links to the discussions going on at other blogs.  This week’s discussion questions were written by Lynn.

This week’s Locke Lamora fan art is Sabetha by CrimsonCobwebs.  Speaking of which, I’m still very curious about her since we haven’t actually seen her, just heard Locke pine over her.

From this point on there will be spoilers.  I’ll post a spoiler-free regular review of the entire book sometime later this week.

1.       The Thorn of Camorr is renowned – he can beat anyone in a fight and he steals from the rich to give to the poor.  Except of course that clearly most of the myths surrounding him are based on fantasy and not fact.  Now that the book is finished how do you feel the man himself compares to his legend.  Did you feel that he changed as the story progressed and, if so, how did this make you feel about him by the time the conclusion was reached?

Locke’s saying “I’m a thief, maybe even a murderer, but this is too much” in response to Vorchenza’s questioning sums it up perfectly.  He’s not Robin Hood, and he’s definitely a thief, but he does have his own ethical code that he adheres to.  Even though stealing isn’t the greatest choice of profession, I respect Locke, because when it counts he’s still willing to risk his life to save others.

2.       Scott Lynch certainly likes to give his leading ladies some entertaining and strong roles to play.  We have the Berangia sisters – and I definitely wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of them or their blades plus Dona Vorchenza who is the Spider and played a very cool character – even play acting to catch the Thorn.  How did you feel about the treatment the sisters and Dona received at the hands of Jean and Locke – were you surprised, did it seem out of character at all or justified?

I was very glad that Locke and Vorchenza ended up joining forces against Raza.  When Vorchenza’s character was introduced, I found myself torn as to whom I should be rooting for.  I’m glad I could root for both of them without either one having to lose.

As for the sisters, they deserved everything they got and more.  They’re not getting any sympathy from me.

3.       Towards the end we saw a little more of the magic and the history of the Bondsmagi.  The magic, particularly with the use of true names, reminds me a little of old fashioned witchcraft or even voodoo.  But, more than that I was fascinated after reading the interlude headed ‘The Throne in Ashes’ about the Elderglass and the Elders and why their structures were able to survive even against the full might of the Bondsmagi – do you have any theories about this do you think it’s based on one of our ancient civilisations or maybe similar to a myth??

Reminds me a bit of the show Ancient Aliens.  I would enjoy learning more about the Eldren, but I don’t see the plot going there, unfortunately.  I’m thinking that the Bondsmagi will play a greater role in the future though because they’re not going to like it when they see what happened to what’s-his-face.  Did he even have a name other than The Bondsmage?

4.       We have previously discussed Scott Lynch’s use of description and whether it’s too much or just spot on.  Having got into the last quarter of the book where the level of tension was seriously cranked up – did you still find, the breaks for interludes and the descriptions useful or, under the circumstances did it feel more like a distraction?

It worked perfectly in this last section.  It added suspense while filling in necessary background and the earlier interludes made a lot more sense when we saw how much they were foreshadowing.

5.       Now that the book has finished how did you feel about the conclusion and the eventual reveal about the Grey King and more to the point the motivations he declared for such revenge – does it seem credible, were you expecting much worse or something completely different altogether?

Ok, I absolutely loved the ending.  Just a brief rant here, but I hate it when fantasy and sci-fi authors think that it’s okay not to give each book in a series or trilogy some sort of logical conclusion.  It pisses me off, especially if I pick up a series that isn’t finished yet.  Scott Lynch ended this story.  He left room for sequels, but he did so in such a way that we still have a sense of resolution.  I like that, and it makes me even more likely to keep reading.

6.       Were you surprised that Locke, being given two possible choices (one of which could possibly mean he would miss his chance for revenge on the Grey King) chose to go back to the Tower  – especially given that (1) he would have difficulty in getting into the building (2) he would have difficulty in convincing them about the situation and (3) he would have difficulty in remaining free afterwards? Did anyone else nearly pee their pants when Locke and the rest were carrying the sculptures up to the roof garden?

Locke made the right choice, and I’d have hated him if he had done otherwise.  One of the central themes in this book was the nature of revenge and when understandable feelings cross the line into something more.  In Lynch’s world, there’s such a thing as a healthy sense of vengeance that comes from caring about others and wanting justice for wrongs done, but there’s definitely a line.  The Grey King went too far with his revenge plot and when he was willing to harm  innocents who weren’t even born when his family was wronged and had nothing to do with what happened to him on a personal level.  Locke, on the other hand, realized that there were things even more important than his own desire to avenge his friends, which explains in part why he didn’t just go straight to Capa Raza.  Saving everyone else was more important.

7.       Finally, the other question I would chuck in here is that, following the end of the book I was intrigued to check out some of the reviews of LOLL and noticed that the negative reviews mentioned the use of profanity.  How did you feel about this – was it excessive? Just enough? Not enough?

The profanity wasn’t at all excessive, and I think it helped add to the atmosphere of the book.  It helps to remind readers of the fact that the main characters aren’t the nobility, and they are a bit coarse at times, as they should be.  I don’t see why it would merit criticism, but then again, I’m not a fucking prude about cursing either.

8.       Okay one further, and probably most important but very quick question – having finished, will you pick up the sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies?

Mid April to very early May is when my classwork piles up and I have lots of papers/finals/etc., so I’ve been having a hard time deciding, especially since I’m participating in a Mistborn readalong starting this week.  However, I’ve enjoyed Lies of Locke Lamora and the resulting discussions tremendously, so I’m thinking that I’ll give it a shot.  I might be late with some of the posts if things get too busy.

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Lies of Locke Lamora Readalong, Part IV

This week’s reading was intense!

To the left is another excellent piece of Locke Lamora fan art–“Falselight” by Shoughad.

Many thanks to Andrea and company for hosting this.  A list of other participating blogs and discussions can be found at The Little Red Reviewer.

The following questions/discussion will contain spoilers.

1.      In the chapter “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” we
learn of the tradition of the night tea in Camorr. I found that not so
much fantastical as realistic – how about you?

I went through this chapter pretty fast, mostly because Locke was still floating in a barrel of horse piss and unconscious by now at the very least.  The tea was interesting, as was learning more about the Spider.

2.      When Jean meets with what will become the Wicked Sisters for
the first time, the meeting is described very much like how people
feel when they find their true work or home. Agree? Disagree? Some of both?

I like it.  The Wicked Sisters suit Jean, and he’d be rather naked without them.  However, I was more impressed with the description of the razor-sharp rose garden that feeds on blood.  I want a garden like that.
3.      Salt devils. Bug. Jean. The description is intense. Do you
find that description a help in visualizing the scene? Do you find
yourself wishing the description was occasionally – well – a little
less descriptive?

I probably could have used a little less description, mostly because the detail of the fight made me feel like Locke would probably drown before they got him out.

4.      This section has so much action in it, it’s hard to find a
place to pause. But…but.. oh, Locke. Oh, Jean. On their return to the
House of Perelandro, their world is turned upside down. Did you see it

I did.  I saw it coming since Nazca died, actually, and was wondering when exactly it would happen.  Of course, my three favorite characters (Nazca, Bug, and Chains) are all dead now.  I really need to stop getting attached to characters that are going to be killed off.

5.      Tavrin Callas’s service to the House of Aza Guilla is recalled
at an opportune moment, and may have something to do with saving a
life or three. Do you believe Chains knew what he set in motion? Why
or why not?

Chains knew that eventually his little fledgelings would have to leave the nest, and that they’d have to have the tools to fend for themselves.  That was the point of the apprenticeships; Jean can be a death priest if he so chooses, and Locke can be a farmer.  I think it’s a good thing that the Bastards are able to step outside their norm in order to blend in when they have to.

6.      As Locke and Jean prepare for Capa Raza, Dona Vorchenza’s
remark that the Thorn of Camorr has never been violent – only greedy
and resorting to trickery – comes to mind again. Will this pattern

Violent will be an understatement when Locke gets his hands on Capa Raza.  That being said, the Thorn wasn’t violent to start with, but instead he was pushed there by people killing off his friends.

7.      Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s
Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?

I don’t see a difference between the two.  Locke has been the Thorn since he began breaking the Secret Peace to rob the nobility.  When Locke announced his intention to go back to the Salvara game, I started getting worried.  I had thought that the whole Grey King deal had convinced him that it was time to drop it, but now he’s got the Spider laying an ambush for him as soon as he comes back.  I hope he comes out okay and manages to outsmart them.

Next week’s reading will cover the final segment of the book.  I can’t wait to see how it all concludes!  I’m also curious as to whether Lynch is one of those authors who ends his books, or whether it’s going to cut off abruptly at a moment of suspense.

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