Book Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

The land won’t have you and the sea won’t claim you. You’ve fled, like us, to wood and canvas. This deck’s your firmament; these sails are your heavens. This is all the world you get This is all the world you need.

After the events of the first book, our protagonists find themselves in the lively city of Tal Verrar, once again already executing a heist. However things aren’t easy as it seems as they’ve caught the attention of The Archon of Tal Verrar, who puts a halt to their plans and decides to use the two as a tool to gain advantage over his enemies.

After reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, I was excited to read Red Seas Under Red Skies. The book starts off with an intriguing scenario between Locke and Jean. Glad to say this intrigue carries out through most of the first act of the book, in return makes it easy to follow and it sets up the book nicely.

Unfortunately the momentum couldn’t follow through as the book loses direction around the second act. Important plot points are abandoned and our characters becomes less interesting. Though Locke is still as fascinating as ever, the opposite can be said about Jean as he is more subdued this time around and is written like a glorified body guard.

There are a lot of new characters and they all have interesting personalities, however none of them have the presence of previous characters, and with very little back story it’s difficult to care for them.

The story becomes incredibly convoluted around the third act with plenty of events that happens with no clear follow ups. That said, the book’s climax was exciting to read but overall this was a disappointing follow up. The book wraps it well enough and it encourages the fans to read the third installment of the Gentlemen Bastards, one can only hope the third book won’t be as directionless as this one.

Rating: 2.7/5


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