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…
Scott Lynch was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1978 and currently lives in Wisconsin. He moonlights as a game designer and volunteer firefighter.
The Gentleman Bastard Sequence:
1. The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)
2. Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007)
3. The Republic of Thieves (2013)
4. The Thorn of Emberlain (forthcoming)
5. The Ministry of Necessity (forthcoming)
6. The Mage and the Master Spy (forthcoming)
7. Inherit the Night (forthcoming)
The Mad Baron’s Mechanical Attic (forthcoming, a novella)
Written by Emmi 2013-07-28
The Lies of Locke Lamora was a hard book to follow, being one of the best first novels from a new author I've ever read. Red Seas Under Red Skies, however, did not fail to impress. What can I say? The pacing, as ever, is phenomenal. There's always a sense of anticipation, amusement, or some other form of entertainment when the sections break off. The story itself was entirely unexected. Whenever you think you have an idea of where it's going, it throws a curve. It induces both ... (more)