After reading the first book of Scott Lynch’s The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, The Lies of Locke Lamora, I picked up the second book: Red Seas Under Red Skies.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The first book was excellent, and the second shows that there is a lot more going on in the world.
Red Seas Under Red Skies revolves around our two principle characters: Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen. Thieves by trade. The two of them have left Camorr (after the events of The Lies of Locke Lamora) and found themselves in Tal Verrar – ready to run a heist against a massive casino called the Sin Spire. I love that name. Honestly, someone in Las Vegas should totally name a casino the Sin Spire.
But, the heist is not without its issues. There is more going on in Tal Verrar than just business as usual. There is a massive power struggle happening, and as you might expect, Jean and Locke get mixed up in the middle of it.
The story runs a good clip. Clearly, Mr. Lynch did a bang-up job on research for this story. You can’t just look up words for things on a sailing vessel; you have to learn a bit to understand how sail plans work and such.
Overall I would give the story a B+. Some parts that felt a bit rushed and the conclusion of one of the major sub-plots was a bit hasty. Otherwise, this was an excellent story. I will offer that this book is not intended for children.
Mr. Lynch has created an incredible world, with a great deal of complexity. There is a full pantheon of gods – complete with worshippers and rites. There are superstitions and powerful groups who shouldn’t be crossed lightly. I will certainly be (in fact, I already have started) reading the third book The Republic of Thieves.