Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Narrator: Michael Page
Series: Gentleman Bastard #2
Published by Tantor Media
Published on: September 9, 2009
Length: 25 hours 34 minutes
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After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora 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 they are soon back doing 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.
After finishing The Lies of Locke Lamora, I was excited to pick up the second book. The first book ends on interesting note with not everything working out according to plan. I was curious to see where Lynch would take us in the second book.
This story picks up a few years after the ending of the first book. Locke and Jean have left the town where they’ve lived almost their entire life. They are in the new town of Tal Verrar. They are still up to their shenanigans. They have their set on a very large con, bigger than anything they’ve ever done. They’ve been building up to this for two years.
Everything doesn’t go according to plan, once again, for our duo. The Bonds Mages haven’t forgotten about how the pair wronged one of their own (though in my opinion, the mage had it coming). Jean and Locke are getting blackmailed by more than one person, while dodging the death threat presented by the Bonds Mages.
I had a lot of fun with this second story in the series. Jean and Locke are really likable characters. I really love this pair. There are some other great characters in this book. The one I liked to most is a pirate that Jean and Locke end up working with. Zamira Drakasha is a black woman around 40ish years old with two toddlers. She runs her pirate ship like you would expect any pirate to run one. She does it all while raising her two kids, with the help of her other female shipmates. I love her cutthroat attitude. She is loyal to her family and her shipmates and no one else. She was just an amazing character.
This story is a little slower at times compared to the first book. I again listened at increased speed compared to my normal listening speed. I’m really interested to see where this story goes next. I’m sure that Jean and Locke will continue to find themselves in trouble. They will never seem to learn out keep themselves out of trouble.
Again, I enjoyed the narration of this series. Michael Page did a good job. There were more women in this story that the first book. Women aren’t his strong suit, but they weren’t bad. I look forward to listening to the last book in this trilogy.
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