Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies – The Gentleman Bastards #2 by Scott Lynch | Fantasy |

887877Series: Book 2 in the Gentleman Bastards

Published: June 20th 2007

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 558

Language read: English

Format read: Audiobook

Rating: 4 stars 4stjerner

synopsis

Red Seas Under Red Skies Synopsis: 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… –Goodreads

My Thoughts

As you might know by now The Lies of Locke Lamora, book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards, is my favorite book of all time. MY REVIEW HERE! I’m always talking about it, and constantly recommend it to people.

Because I loved book 1 so much, I had really high hopes for this one. I was eager to continue reading about these characters that I love so much, and yet again get captivated by the beautiful writing and the incredible world Scott Lynch has made.

Even though this book had a lot of the things I loved about book 1, it didn’t grab me in the same way. To be 100% honest, I’m a little disappointed by this read.

It still had some great parts and the characters and the writing was still really great. It was the story that fell a bit flat for me. Don’t get me wrong, the story wasn’t horrible, it just wasn’t at the same level as the previous book.

The beginning of the story was interesting, it started off great with a premise of pirates and the open sea. I was eager to continue another epic journey with Locke and Jean in a new place and with new characters. The middle of the story didn’t grab me, it was kind of slow and not engaging. At the end of the book it grew on me, and I found the story not to be that bad. The ending really had the feeling of book 1, all the crazy things that happened and Locke and Jean’s brilliant brains when it comes to schemes and plans.

So over to the biggest let down for me. In the previous book we got a lot of flashbacks to the Bastard’s childhood. That storyline was my favorite part, and a big part of why book 1 was so great. In this book we didn’t get to know anything from their past. I just really missed it in this book. I don’t see why the author didn’t include it, especially since it was in the third book.

I also have to mention how funny these books are. The humor and snarky comments are on point. The characters are just so witty and says a lot of funny things.

BOOK TALK

Now I want to talk about some details:

Something that I missed in book 1 was more female characters. In this book there is 2 new kickass women, Zamira and Ezri. They both are members of the pirate ship The Orchid. Zamira is the captain of the ship and a mother, and her two small kids are living on board with her. I have never seen or read about a pirate captain with kids before. I just LOVE it. 

I also LOVE Locke and Jean’s relationship/friendship. I love their bond and that they care so much for each other. It is also funny how much they bicker and fight too. One minute they are really mad, fighting and yelling, the other they are willing to die for each other.

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The romance in this book was also really cute. I love that it didn’t take over the plot, but it added a little spice to the story.

One thing I found hilarious and cute, was the part about the cats, haha.

And at last, why Scott Lynch, why are you breaking my heart all the time? How can you do this to me and all the other people who read your books? Lol ok, I know they are just fictional characters, but I get invested in them and their lives.

CONCLUSION

Even though I liked this book, I was a bit disappointed with it. I still really love Locke and Jean, and Scott Lynch’s beautiful writing. The thing I missed the most about this book was the flashbacks to their childhood, because that was one of my favorite parts of book 1. The story was all in all good, but it wasn’t as engaging as the first book. When it comes to the characters I really loved Zamira and Ezri, and of course the main characters, they will forever be my favorites.

I’m definitely going to re-read this book series, because I love them and I want to re-live the story again. I also want to get all the details that I might have missed the first time.

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❤ -Rakel

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15th Favorite of the Moment #5

15th Favorites at the Moment is a monthly bookish favorites TAG made by me. Instead of doing the monthly favorites at the end of the month. I’m going to do it half way through the month on the 15th, with 15 questions.

1 FAVORITE BOOK

I’m almost done with Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven, and I’m really liking it. I’m also currently reading the third book in The Gentleman Bastards series; The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I know I have mentioned this series every 15th favorites, but it is my absolutely favorite series, and book 3 is sooo good.

2 FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER

George and Jimmy from Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh. George is an African American, and Jimmy is Native American. They are both in their 70, best friends, living together and fighting supernatural cases. I absolutely adore them, and it was so much fun reading about two older main characters. I usually read YA and books with younger main characters.

Link to my Deadlight Jack Review

And also Libby from Holding Up The Universe. I love her, she is amazing! I can really relate to her and I see myself in her a lot.

3 FAVORITE BOOK COVERS

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

4 FAVORITE BOOK ON YOUR WISH LIST

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling. In need to watch the movie, and then read this screenplay.

5 FAVORITE BOOK GENRE

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I really like Holding Up The Universe. I have to say I have really enjoyed reading contemporaries lately.

6 FAVORITE PLACE TO READ

Playing Sims4 and listening to audiobooks.

7 FAVORITE FOOD

I don’t have one

8 FAVORITE DRINK

Green tea with lemon and honey.

9 FAVORITE RANDOM THING

I don’t have one

10 FAVORITE TV SERIES / MOVIE

The new season of Sherlock. Season 4 so far has been a bit weird and crazy and of course really exciting.

My other favorite tv show is the Swedish tv series Frøken Frimans Krig (Miss Friman’s War). Season 3 came out late December and it is so good. Season 1 is about a group of women in the early 1900, and their fight to start up the grocery store run only by women; Svenska Hem (Swedish Home).

It is really interesting and important to see the feminists fight for equality. The women that has fought for equality, their struggles and how it was a 100 years ago. It is both educational and a reminder how important feminism is. I’m feeling very proud for all of the women who stood up for equality and female rights. It is rare for a tv series to make me so proud and emotional as this one.

Not all battles are violent. Meet a courageous group of women who takes on both the male rulers of the day and a corrupt grocery industry. Savvy is their strategy and cans of healthy food are their weapons. The three hour drama series “Miss Friman’s War” is a humorous and poignant story about friendship and fighting for your dreams. It addresses topics that are as relevant today as they were then: the demand for good, unspoiled food and the struggle for equal rights. Although “Miss Friman’s War” is a work of fiction, the story is partly based on actual events around the all-female food co-op “Svenska Hem”, which was founded long before women even had the right to vote.
– Written by SVT

11 FAVORITE YOUTUBER / TWITCH STREAMER

TYLERWIFY YOUTUBE LINK

His Sims4 lets play is HILARIOUS! It is really dramatic and definitely not PG haha. Everyone that loves drama check his channel out. I discovered his channel only a week ago, and I have almost watched every episode. I’m addicted.

His latest episode:

12 FAVORITE MUSIC / PODCAST

I don’t have one

13 FAVORITE GAME / BOARD GAME

Sims4, I have been playing it again. You guys might know by now that sims4 is my favorite game. And OMG guys, TODDLERS are in the game now!!!

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Here are some screenshots of what I have built lately:

This is MR and MRS Lee, they are the parents of one of my sims. They are rich and owns the whole apartment complex that they and their daughter lives in.

This is the apartment I made them.

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14 FAVORITE BLOGGER OR OTHER PAGES ON THE INTERNET

I came over this Instagram profile; Bri4nh3nry. I really like the small animated art pieces this guy is making.
https://www.instagram.com/bri4nh3nry/

15 FAVORITE THING YOU HAVE DONE LATELY

Christmas and new year’s eve! Read about my Christmas HERE.

 

❤ -Rakel

January 2017 To Be Read


Books I Want To Continue Reading


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in the Red Rising

I buddy read book 1 and 2 in the Red Rising series with a friend. We both really loved this series, but we never gotten around to read book 3. Now it is time to finally finish it. We have already started reading this book, I’m about 70 pages in and omg it is so good.


Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch 

Book 3 in the Gentleman Bastard

I’m 9 chapters into this book, and I’m already LOVING it! I love this series The Gentleman Bastards. I love the characters, the world building, the atmosphere and the story.


Books I Want To Start


All the other books I’m planning to read this month are in this post: Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish all of the books in the reatathon, but I’m hoping to start everyone that week, and finish them before January ends.

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Book 1 in the Stalking Jack The Ripper

This is the group read of the readathon. I’m really looking forward to reading this book.


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I wanted to read a winter themed book, and this was on my TBR shelf. I think I got it as a gift a long time ago. I don’t know what it is about.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I love the Lunar Chronicles, a series by the same author. It is one of my favorite YA fantasy/sci-fi series of all time. This is a highly anticipated read for me, and I’m scared because I have read mixed reviews about this book.

This Savage Song by Victoria Scwab

Book 1 in the Monsters of Verity

I love Vicious by the same author, and she is a very popular YA author. Looking forward to reading this book, it sounds really awesome.


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I have heard great things about this author and this essay. Feminism is an interesting topic, and I hope to learn a lot from reading this.


❤ -Rakel

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?

-And Have You Read Any Of These Books?

December 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

December has been a very hectic month, because of Christmas preparation, Christmas parties and of course Christmas. You can read about my Christmas HERE. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and I want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I was planning on reading more books in December, but I’m really satisfied that I was able to finish 5 books. I have read some highly anticipated books for me this month. I was so hyped for these books, but they all let me down. I’m so disappointed by every book I read. I’m going to write reviews on all of these books that goes deeper into details.

I read a total of 2083 pages this month. 

I rated:

1 book  4stjerner

1 book 3stjerner

1 book  2-5stjerner

1 book  2stjerner

1 book  1stjerner


What I Read


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Book 2 in The Gentleman Bastards series

I really loved book one in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora. I was really eager to read book 2, and continue reading about Locke and Jean. I didn’t like this book as much as I liked book one, but it is still a good book. 4 stars

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Book 1 in His Dark Materials series

This book is a popular children’s fantasy book, that has won awards. I know a lot of people love this and I was really interested in reading it. Even though I liked some parts of it, this book wasn’t for me. 3 stars

3stjerner

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan 

Book 2 in Dash & Lily duology

I loved book one in this duology when I read it last Christmas, but this book was kind of meh. Not great, but it didn’t suck either. 2.5 stars

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

Book 2 in The Illuminae Files series

I was highly looking forward to this book and it is one of my most anticipated books, because I love Illuminae. I love the mixed media and the story of book 1. I’m really sad that I didn’t like Gemina, and I’m very disappointed by it. I gave it 2 stars.

2stjerner

 


What Light by Jay Asher 

This was the only book on this list that I didn’t plan to read this month. I didn’t know anything about it before I started it. I only knew it was a Christmas themed book, and that the cover is beautiful. This book wasn’t for me at all, and I had to give it 1 stars.

1stjerner

 

 


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❤ -Rakel
-What Did You Read This Month?

 

 

Big Books I Read In 2016

Earlier this year I published this post: 2016 The year of big books. The post was about all the big books I wanted to read in 2016. Big books is books with over 500 pages.

I thought it would be fun to make a new list, now that we are at the end of the year. To see all the big books I read this year, and which of the books from the old list I read.

Books On The Old List:

Weird that every book I didn’t read have blue covers.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 896 pages READ

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 600 pages READ

Tatiana And Alexander by Paullina Simons – 559 pages READ

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare  – 698 pages

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – 541 pages

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers  – 518 pages

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 662 pages

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – 734 pages READ

The Bane Chronicle by Cassandra Clare – 507 pages


All The Big Books I Read in 2016:


Winter by Marissa Meyer

832 pages – 5 stars5stjerner


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

518 pages – 4 stars4stjerner


City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

725 pages – 3 stars3stjerner



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – REVIEW

600 pages – 5 stars+5stjerner


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  

896 pages – 3 stars3stjerner


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – REVIEW

500 pages – 5+ stars5stjerner



Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons – REVIEW 

559 pages – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – REVIEW COMING

558 pages – 4 stars 4stjerner


Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

608 pages – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 

734 pages – 5 stars5stjerner


❤ -Rakel

-What Is The Biggest Book You Have Read This Year?

Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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Published: July 27th 2006 by Bantam Spectra

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Thieves

Pages: 500

Language read: English

Format read: Audiobook

Rating: 5+++ stars 5stjerner

Synopsis: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling… more on Goodreads.

– I recommend to not read the rest of the synopsis –

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Warning! Warning! This is one of the best books I have ever read!

I wanted to read this book because the synopsis sounded interesting, I really like thieves and the criminal underworld. I got a big association to the thieves guild in The Elder Scrolls games, and that is one of my favorite parts to play through in the games.

In the beginning of this book I was very confused and didn’t understand what was going on. That was until I figured out how the book was structured and that the story is not linear. It alternates between Locke’s childhood, and when he is an adult and The Gentleman Bastards are trying to steal from one of the richest men in Camorr (this might be more clear in the written book than the audiobook). After I figured out this, I loved the story, from the beginning to the end.

I love the story, I love the characters, I love the world, I love the writing and I love Scott Lynch.

The writing style is very descriptive, and that makes for a highly rich world building. The atmosphere in this book is incredible. I love the city of Camorr where the story takes place. In my head the city isn’t very vibrant but it is dark and mysterious. I know the city is based on old Venice, and you really get the feel of that in the book. There are also a lot of details about life and politics in Camorr, especially in the city’s underworld where the majority of the story takes place.

An example on the world building is that the author has made his own religion. It has details about the priests and the different gods, and how people practice this religion (or religions?).

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I also loved the story, it has so many twists and turns. The Gentlemen bastards find themselves in so much trouble. This story is highly entertaining and suspenseful, I couldn’t stop listening.

The Gentleman bastards, the group of characters in this book, are now one of my favorite characters. I love that we got to see a lot of backstory for them. That made them so much more real and detailed, and it gave so much to the character development.

A weird little thing I appreciated is that there is female priests and fighters. It’s typical that there are only men in those positions/characters.

It was a pretty long audiobook, but I didn’t want it to end. I wasn’t even halfway through when I started to dread for it to end. I want to start with the second book asap, but also save it for later, haha (as of publishing this review I have started reading Red Seas Under Red Skies). I really want to know more about Locke and Co and this amazing world Scott Lynch has made.

I fell in love with this world and the characters. If a person is asking me what my favorite book is, I now have an answer. I will definitely re-read this book when I’m finished with the rest of the Gentleman Bastards books.

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❤ -Rakel