W up and it might have happened rather late with those two but it did happen nevertheless Jean s priorities might have changed over the course of the book but this didn t mean that he was wrong There was nothing wrong about wanting a uiet and asy life and Locke ventually realized this too Hell at the nd he wanted this kind of life as well and was ready to take a shot at it with Ezri and Jean It s such a pity that Stragos didn t let them have it And URGH I don t know how often I used this sentence for books already but THE ENDING It kills me to think that Locke might die a slow and painful death now but I can totally understand why he did what he did 333 Jean means The Lady in Pink everything to him and is his family and after all the things he did for him he just wanted to make sure that he d be alright That bastard You can tven blame him for taking away Jean s choice because it was such a noble and right thing to do TT ARGH I swear one day Locke Lamora will be the death of me 3 Fuck you You re ten pints of crazy in a one pint glass He is Eyes extraordinary Locke whispered He continues to save my life time and time againven when I don t deserve it He returned his gaze to the Orchid s roiling glowing monster haunted wake Which is always or less He realized that he was strangely disuieted that Jean hadn t followed him relentlessly at his heels looking after him as always It is a favour said Locke A favour to me You saved my life all the time because you re an idiot and you don t know any better Let me let me do it for you just once Because you actually deserve it I don t understand any of this Jean whispered You son of a fucking bitch how can you do this I want to hug you And I want to tear your gods damned head off Both at once Ezri Jean It is a fine match Maybe you could do better Locke grinned to let Jean know that there was no actual need to knock his brains out of his skull but I know for a solid fact that she couldn t Ever So saying he sueezed Jean s hand I m happy for you You ve gone and stolen something back from this whole dead nd distraction Stragos has shoved us into Hold it tight sighs I adored them so much They were really damn cute and I found myself grinning when they interacted Yes they were that sweet They were a fine match indeed which made it ven sadder that Ezri died while saving them all That woman was so perfect for Jean I swear She gave her life for her friends and family just like Jean would have done And I think the worst thing about it all is that Jean can t Sinner's Heart even be angry at her because if given the chance he would have donexactly the same thing I m actually kind of pissed off myself and have an axe to grind with Lynch as well How dare you to introduce such a great woman just to kill her off again It s not fair sniff I shipped them really hard but I also knew that it wouldn t last Truth be told I was afraid Ezri would die the moment Jean really fell for her It was too good to be true TT Always a way to attack Jean mused between kisses always a way to scape Of course she whispered Hold fast and sooner or later you ll always find what you re after ConclusionWhen I thought that Scott Lynch couldn t surprise me any he proved me wrong and took this book in an ntirely different direction I would have been content to follow their Sinspire heist but Lynch had other plans and I m really thankful for it This book had Spirit of the Wolf everything I love Intriguing and clever characters a deadly gamble a heist pirates strong female MCs an amazing plot and last but not least a wonderful world I could get lost in If you ve already read the first book and loved it do yourself a favour and read this one too I m 90% certain you won t regret it I probablynjoyed this book than the first of the Gentleman Bastard seuence It starts as fast paced as the previous book nded with Locke Jean already kne Although I was prepared to bite my thumb at anyone who had a problem with this book up to about 200 pages in over the course of the 500 pages after that I began to slowly reluctantly and finally in complete xasperation change my mindScott Lynch begins his novel at the same level of uality as his fabulous first novel The Lies of Locke Lamora His characters are dealing with the Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose events of the previous novel in a mostly believable fashion in a believable time period its kept from becomingpisodic or his characters from seeming hollow I very much njoyed the first 200 pages as they both try to move on and deal with the past and the xplanation of how they got where they are when the novel opens two years on from the vents of Lies A character development A banter A action seuences A for inventiveness loved the relationship between Locke and Jean and it had mostly well done plot development as Locke and Jean mbroil themselves in yet another high flying Oceans Eleven style conHowever And this is a big however it felt like Scott Lynch suddenly changed his mind completely about what he wanted to write and had a big Screw It moment and decided to be completely self indulgent Which I m sure was a lot of fun for him but for the reader it is a very confusing ridiculous sharp disappointment Somewhere along the way he decided he wanted to write Pirates of the the way he decided he wanted to write Pirates of the fanfiction stealing plot details which kind of sucked Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) even in the movies settings near direct uotes andven little moments of action in battle seuences His other influences were starkly obvious as well there were strong strong nods to The Princess Bride moments out of the movie they made of Zorro Math Basics 6 even His characters fell victim to the most overdone of fantasy genre stereotypes the fact that they didn t do this was one of my favorite parts of the first book his plot was increasingly unlikely and also became a ridiculous soap opera and the uality of his writing went from laugh out loud to roll myyes so loud you can hear me across the room I also felt that this book got incredibly preachy at points which is kind of a killjoy for a novel that has two thieves for heroes Lynch decided that he needed to push some kind of Robin Hood working class agenda to make his heroes seem morally superior to Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, everyonelse Nobody is reading this book for justice for the lower classes LynchIt wasn t all bad I appreciated the Lynch inserts women into professions all throughout his world mostly without preachy comment I liked the character of the pirate Zamira I The First Ghost enjoyed that Jean who is still mostly wonderful got his own independent storyline Injoyed how good his descriptive powers can be and like I said I njoyed the first 200 pagesBut come on this could have been much better 55 Who s the biggest meanest motherfucker here Who s the best bruiser in the Brass Coves Buddy read with my fellow ship mates Petrik CelesteTHIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD Seriously it was incredible I can t ven Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential explain how happy I was to be back in this world I went into this book with lowishxpectations because I heard it was the weakest in the trilogy However for me that wasn t the case this book was as good as The Lies of Locke Lamorr honestly I can t decide if I like this one or the first one better so I m going to say they are both ually amazing I found the writing this time around to be much asier to follow and still love the way the chapters are set past and present Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly FitzChivalry Farseer and The Fool Locke Lamora "And Jean Tammen Eight "Jean Tammen Humanism eight of fantasy who without their counterpart would be nothing Indeed without Jean at his back Locke Lamora would have no chance of success Both men provide the other with what he lacks and together they make a deadly silver tongued thieving duo that are best summed up in two words awesome bastards A deadly scheme on the high seasIt was a big surprise to me that in the prologue Jean betrays Locke It s obviously not real and there s obviously a reason for the farce it is no doubt a charade for the benefit of their mark Butither way it made me storm through the book to discover Smokin' Hot exactly why it had happened This was a bit of an underhanded move to those that the trick was played on It worked uite well and gave me a strong reason to read this bookven if I felt a little duped The plot of this book is fast and Placing Memory exciting I m not uite sure how the duo manages to pull it all off I mean they juggle a casino heist at the same time as being manipulated by a devious Archon then to top it off theyven find time in the middle for a pirate adventure It s uite remarkable really because just when you think their luck has run out they seem to conjure up an incredibly clever and improvised plan to save their hides These two are literally two of the most scheming ingenious bastards that Lasombra everxisted they are the definition of lovable rogues They grow on me with ach book A clever partnership They know ach other so well and only because of this do they manage to defeat the odds time and time again They have secret hand gestures and code words so they can tell the others motives in tricky situations Locke provides the ability to worm himself out of any trap and Jean provides the muscle along with a moral thievish code Together they are brilliant apart they are vulnerable Their history together keeps them alive and allows for the most outlandish of plans to develop into a truly intricate plot When you can t cheat the game you d best find a means to cheat the players I do think the author s writing has improved in this novel He still uses the same Wanton Nights elouent descriptions but the superfluous and convoluted information about the scenery are kept to a minimum In the previous book it felt he d spent paragraphs describing inanimate objects and irrelevant places I was glad to see a concise approach to his writing I think he has got the balance just right in this novel and I canasily see this developing into a really strong series I can t wait to see where the author takes this in the future Gentleman Bastard Seuence 1 The Lies of Locke Lamora A good solid 35 stars2 Red Seas Under Red Skies A thieving 4 stars3 The Republic of Thieves A poisonous 45 stars ive said it once and i will say it again locke and jean could rob Of all the Sinspire the most xclusive 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 xcruciatingly impeccable play For there is one cardinal rule nforced by Reuin the house's cold blooded master it is death to cheat at any game at the SinspireBrazenly undeterred Locke and Jean have orchestrated an laborate plan to lie. I d lay ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe even odds that between the people following us and the people hunting us we ve become this city s principal means ofmployment Tal Verrar s The Fiend Next Door entireconomy is now based on fucking with us Now if that isn t an accurate assessment I dunno P In fact this is a pretty good summary of the ntire book and I could probably leave it at that Since I m me and since I always feel an almost overwhelming need to put in my two cents I ll go a little bit into detail though Don t say you didn t see that coming P So apparently the shit hit the fan in Red Seas Under Red Skies big time I may add and Locke and Jean are neck deep in trouble once again How they managed to infuriate an ntire city Well I think you ll have to find that out for yourself all I m going to say is that they seem to have a special talent to attract the unwanted attention of bigger fish And I m not talking about sharks here I m talking about sea monsters lol Both figuratively and uite literally speaking XD They have பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் enemies than you can count and if this wouldn t already have beennough the Bondsmagi of Karthain are still pissed off because of their let s say uite uniue way of dealing with one of their own I swear the scene at the market gave me the creeps shuddersI m sure Locke and Jean can t drink The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 enough Lashani Blue to get their warning out of their heads XD I might be able to though so if any of you know where to get a bottle of this hellish stuff I m ready to buy it and share P It sounded truly delicious Anyway let s not have one over theight and focus on other things instead XD For instance the plot What I really A Meditation on Murder enjoyed was that the book started with another planned heist but went in anntirely different direction after and players came into the game At first I wasn t all too sure if I liked that change but damn did Scott Lynch persuade me to board that new ship uite literally once again because they were actually heading out to the Sea of Brass lol And the rest Well the rest will hopefully become your next bedtime story PThe characters Welcome to Tal Verrar The city of gambling where winning will get you to the next level At least in the uestionable stablishment of the Sinspire which truth be told actually sounds like a legendary place to be lol Selendri and Reuin the owners of said gambling den don t mess around though so prepare to be spoiled at very gambling table Spoiled AND robbed of course Keep your Travis enemies close and your money closer P Locke Lamora And I miss them he said his voice nearly a whisper Gods I miss them It s my fault they re dead I can t I can t stand it I swear the Locke at the beginning of this book had my heart bleeding I never thought I d see him so broken but after what happened at thend of the last book I should have known that he wasn t going to recover uickly I m really glad that Jean was with him and forced him to face his problems because otherwise he would have never come back And come back he did lol I loved to watch his journey and how he changed during the book The loss of his friends made him stronger and serious but very once in a while there were moments when the old Locke reappeared His sass and his charming personality will always cause me to root for him and I just love this man okay XD He could charm the last penny from my pockets and steal my heart all at once and I still wouldn t mind it 33 And if he wouldn t already be such a great thief and con man I d totally be ready to read stories about "CAPTAIN ORRIN RAVELLE LOL OH SIGHED JEAN WELL AREN "Orrin Ravelle lol Oh sighed Jean Well aren you the clever little bastard Yes on all three counts actually Captain Orrin Ravelle said Locke drawing a dagger and placing it against the captain s throat Of the good ship Tal Verrar is Fucked You stop in and let them know I m in the neighbourhood Once a Big Lie was let out in the world it seemed to grow on its own and needed little tending or worry to bend to the situation Jean Tannen When I get this door open you re dead Jean When you get that door open I look forward to many long years of life then Jean is THE BEST 3 I loved how he dealt with morose Locke and his creativity was uite impressive Who would have known he had it in him XD I think Jean changed a lot in this book too and I really liked his character arc To lose his fellow Gentleman Bastards was bitter pill for him as well but he dealt with it in an ntirely different way than Locke did Jean tried to build something new and watched out for Locke which is so typical for him He s the best friend you could possibly have and despite his grief he never lost hope Still it s undeniable that his priorities changed and this led to uite a few arguments between him and Locke I think Jean only wants peace now but as it seems this just isn t in the cards for them Ezri Delmastro Touch a weapon or try to take one from one of the crew and I guarantee you ll die on the instant We re touchy about that I ADORED this woman Ezri was so amazing and I m very thankful Scott Lynch decided to invent her character and to make her a part of this book She s definitely a girl that doesn t take any shit from anyone and I just loved her for it Ezri is a formidable fighter and the men on her ship listened to her I loved that she had the respect of the crew and that she was able to fight for herself No damsel in distress here just a strong woman that knew AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 exactly what she wanted and took it That s how awesome female characters are done I loved how unapologetic she was and seriously when I grow up I want to be like her lol She could be very compassionate and gentle though and I can t believe it had tond like that WHY SCOTT LYNCH WHY Ezri deserved so much better than that TT I ll never get over her sacrifice never Del if it s not too much trouble we re planning to attack that ship just ahead of us so could you Oh yeah the fight for our lives I suppose I could help you out for a few minutes Captain Captain Zamira Drakasha Oh good she said a moment later Because after that Mummy needs to fetch her armour and her sabres And then she needs to go and board that lying motherfucker s ship and sink it like a stone A female pirate captain and she owned it Zamira was such a strong character I really liked #that she had two children and was a caring and loving mother as well as a total badass when it # she had two children and was a caring and loving mother as well as a total badass when it to boarding an The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? enemy ship Some might say that her children were her weakness but I think her love for them only made herven stronger She saw through all of Locke s lies and wasn t fooled by him and that led to him being honest with her which was amazing I think Locke needed an honest friend like Zamira and someone that brought out the best in him And in some way or another she did xactly that At the nd of the book Locke and Jean left her ship but I really hope that she ll reappear in one of the other books The world sure as hell needs characters like Captain DrakashaStragos The Archon The Bondsmagi distort our world with their very presence They rule us in many ways that have nothing to do with politics the fact that we can hire them to do our bidding is immaterial That little guild looms over The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online everything we planverything we dream Now that man was uite a nuisance Stragos is one of those privileged people that buy their mercenaries and alchemists that man was uite a nuisance Stragos is one of those privileged people that buy their mercenaries and alchemists have no idea how to use them properly I must admit he got the better of Locke and Jean when he made them drink his wine but if it wouldn t have been for his dangerous little games he would have been no threat to them He seemed to be the kind of man that loves to plan things and sets them into motion but ultimately has no foresight to predict unexpected Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet events let alone to take them into account His plan to use Locke and Jean in order to stir the pirates was pretty half baked and it was no surprise that it didn t work out If you ask me he gotxactly what he deserved and hopefully his current predicament will teach him a valuable lessonSelendri Reuin I wonder if there is anything that you don t distrust Distrust 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) everyone she said and you can never be betrayed Opposed but never betrayed Now those two were the real deal They were uite the antagonistic pair and I kind of liked their attitude Those two didn t mess around they were a force to be reckoned with and definitelyven of a threat to Locke and Jean than Stragos Design Research: Methods and Perspectives ever was You wouldn t have thought it by just looking at them but they were uite formidable and skilled The interesting thing about them is that no one would have assumed them to be so clever They were highly underestimated which ultimately benefited them in thend Also can we please acknowledge how interesting the Sinspire was I would have loved to take a closer look at that place and to spend a night there lol And don t Your Everyday Art World even get me started about the irony at thend XD Reuin s final move was artfully done indeed P Something tells me that we haven t seen the last of them yet and that this Duo Infernale will reappear in one of the other books A girl can always dream right lol Difficult Difficult and impossible are cousins often mistaken for one another with very little in common All that remains said Reuin is for your other judge to concur that you are still a risk worth taking Other judge Reuin gestured toward Selendri You ve heard Why Photography Matters everything my dear Do we put Leocanto out of the window or do we send him back down to where you fetched him from The relationships shipsLocke Jean Maybe I ll just hold fast after this bottle said Locke Hold fast is a nautical I know said Locke I ll kill myself later Their friendship is stillverything and I can t believe that Locke doubted him for Doreen Valiente Witch even a second Then again he might have thought he wasn t worthy of his friendship any because let s be blunt here he truly acted like an idiot at the beginning of the book He was grieving though and Jean being Jean knew that it was Locke s way to cope with things It certainly wasn t the best way but it s probably the only one Lockever knew Still with Jean s love interest there came an interesting and new dynamic into their friendship and I think Locke had to get used to his best friend being in love It s something we all have to deal with when we gro. 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 Duty Free Murder exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds Butven at this westernmost dge 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 themselvesThis time however they have targeted the grandest prize.