This is the second week of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong and this week’s questions come from our host and leader The Little Red Reviewer. Here are my answers.
Now that we know a little more about Selendri and Requin, what do you think of them? I worry Locke is suddenly realizing this con might be a bit tougher than he expected.
I like the relationship between Selendri and Requin. It seems to be one with strong loyalty and love and they seem devoted to each other. There backstory was really well laid out and I can see why Selendri would stick closely to Requin. I cannot see how Locke can come between them at the moment but the fact that she used to be one of th Archon’s minions might come into play – let’s hope that Locke’s silver tongue keeps him ahead of her mechanical arm.
Isn’t the Artificers’ Crescent just amazing? If you could purchase anything there, what would it be?
A clockwork automaton monkey butler. Or maybe a clockwork automaton maid like Nano in the videos below who is weapons-grade cute with a gun arm who can cheer me up when I’m feeling down and blow stuff up on request.
You said I could purchase anything.
What did you think of Salon Corbeau and the goings on that occur there? A bit crueler than a Camorri crime boss, no?
Salon Corbeau was a pretty horrifying place. Very twisted but in the world he has created it seems believable. Lady Saljesca is probably the worst ruler we have seen so far and her kingdom is a corrupt and evil playground. She deserves to be taken down.
The Archon might be a megalomaniacal military dictator, but he thinks he’s doing right by Tal Verrar: his ultimate goal seems to be to protect them. What do you think he’s so afraid of?
I’m sure he’s a Tal Verrar patriot but he has huge ambitions that extend beyond the city. He’s seen his home lose a war against Camorr and he’s pretty angry that the Bondsmagi have reduced the region into a series of squabbling states that the Bondsmagi can control. He wants change and he is going to seize more power from the Priori, place it in his hands, expand his military power and start to challenge the Bondsmagi by cultivating technology.
And who the heck is trying to kill Locke and Jean every few days? they just almost got poisoned (again!)!
Initially I thought it might be the Priori taking an interest in the Archon’s latest pet project but I’m beginning to suspect that it might actually be the Bondsmagi toying with Locke and Jean. They warned our dynamic duo that they would torment them and I think the Bondsmagi are getting warmed up by throwing obstacles (in this case assassins) in the way. Swine.
Do you really think it’s possibly for a city rat like Locke to fake his way onto a Pirate ship?
No. The refreshing thing about Scott Lynch’s characters is that however smart or tough they are they are still human. Locke is no sailor. With his history of learning he will get his sea legs and learn enough to bluff his way through situations but the real nitty gritty of captaining a ship will be beyond him. Put him in a panic situation that demands experience and he’ll come up short. Which means excitement for us readers!