I recently took part in a readalong for Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora and enjoyed it so much I wanted to read the sequel Red Seas Under Red Skies which has a great title and pirates. To get more info on the readalong, head on over to Little Red Reviewer’s blog – she’s the lynchmob leader! This week’s questions come from My Awful Reviews and here they are.
(For an added sense of piratical action listen to this music whilst reading!)
1. The Sinspire. It looks like our heroes (can they really be called that?) find themselves in search of a way into an unbeatable vault. Do you think they have what it takes to make it happen?
Of course. The thing that drives these guys is big heists. It’s like an addiction, their religion, so they’ll be dedicated to carrying out this audacious robbery. As we’ve seen in The Lies of Locke Lamora, even when the odds start to count against them they are confident and skilful enough to up their game. From what I’ve read so far it looks like the criminal underworld of Tal Varrar isn’t as organised or competitive as Camorr so Locke and Jean have a bit more freedom. Until some outside forces intervene.
2. Anyone want to guess how they’re going to make it happen?
They are great at planning their jobs so they’ll have nearly all of the angles worked out and a detailed knowledge of the major players. If they don’t have the lock-picking skills then they’ll charm a solution out of someone – maybe even Requin himself. Locke is a master conman and it wouldn’t be impossible for him to do that. They are running a long con similar to the one in the first book so it will be interesting to see the variations.
3. It’s a little different this time around, with us just being focused on Locke and Jean. Is anyone else missing the rest of the Bastards as much as I am?
Surprisingly no. I’m way too interested in the development of Locke and Jean and how they can get back on an even keel after suffering what they have. The missing Gentlemen Bastards are there for motivation – a driver for Locke. His guilt. Will he ever be able to make it up to them?
4. I love the section where Jean starts to build a new guild of thieves. It really shows just how well trained and tough he is. Do you think the Bastards will end up training others along the way again like Bug?
At the end of the previous book, I wondered how the Gentlemen Bastards would make it to the end of the sequence at the rate they are losing members. It totally makes sense if they train others but I can’t see it happening during this story unless they encounter someone of great skill who can impress Locke enough that he will get over the loss of the other GBs. I think this section expanded our view of Jean’s skills greatly. Towards the end of the last book he was little more than a tank but we see more of the training Chains has given to him.
5. For those of you looking for Sabetha, we still haven’t spotted her yet. Anyone else chomping at the bit to see the love of Locke’s life?
I can see Scott Lynch stringing this out… keeping us busy with the adventures of Locke and Jean before she appears and makes a major impact. She’s being built up as the greatest gal in Locke’s life so she better be spectacular. Emma Stone crossed with Lara Croft spectacular. Better yet, she best be similar to Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell. She’s truly spectacular – a badass existentialist cyber-warrior – … ahem.
6. It’s early on, but the Bastards are already caught up in plots that they didn’t expect. How do you think their new “employer” is going to make use of them (The Archon, that is)?
I was really interested in the Archon – he’s a strategist and not a thug. He has not attained and maintained the position he has by murdering his way there. He’s the Grey King and not Barsavi. His initial appearance was accompanied by an act which struck me as false so when Locke and Jean drank the cider I was surprised that they would fall for it – elite guards of somebody so powerful don’t make mistakes. What makes him more than a retread of the Grey King is the fact that he hinted at a plot against the Bondsmagi and this is very intriguing.