Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
(The Gentleman Bastard Sequence)

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In his highly acclaimed debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch took us on an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a band of daring thieves led by con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. Now Lynch brings back his outrageous hero for a caper so death-defying, nothing short of a miracle will pull it off.

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.…

PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH
 
“A bright new voice in the fantasy genre.”—George R. R. Martin
 
Red Seas Under Red Skies
 
“Lynch hasn’t merely imagined a far-off world, he’s created it, put it all down on paper—the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn’t a one-hit wonder. . . . It’ll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson.”—Fantasy Book Critic
 
“Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization.”—Locus
 
“The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be.”—SFX

The Lies of Locke Lamora
 
“Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind


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About Scott Lynch

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SCOTT LYNCH lives in Wisconsin with a small menagerie of household critters. He moonlights as a volunteer firefighter. This is his third novel, following The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies.






























































Author Residence: New Richmond, WI






























































Author Hometown: St. Paul, MN
 
Published July 31, 2007 by Spectra. 786 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Steampunk fans rejoice: 'Red Seas Under Red Skies' takes place in the city of Tal Verrar, home to the Artificer's Guild which created all the nifty gadgets in 'The Lies of Locke Lamora.' 'Red Seas Under Red Skies' takes steampunk devices and style to a whole new level.

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SFFWorld.com

This is the second book in The Gentleman Bastard sequence and the sequel to last year's enormously acclaimed, and very successful The Lies of Locke Lamora.

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Fantasy Literature

I don’t know what it is about rogues that we fantasy readers love, but Mr. Lynch has given us a new twist to the charismatic thief with his Gentleman Bastard series.

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darker-toned, more complex and far more emotionally engaging, Red Seas Under Red Skies succeeds in a way The Lies of Locke Lamora never quite managed while sacrificing little of what made its predecessor a great book.

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Boomtron

Location: Nijmegen, The Netherlands Wow, great review.

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Boomtron

Fiction’s new favorite purloiners return, the scene of their last crime – an act of lurid but no less true justice – drifting behind them.

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Strange Horizons

Much (much) later in the novel, Lamora and a shipload of pirates sack the principality but the incident is almost lost in the many other subplots and is as simplistic and unlikely as much of the rest of the book.

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Kate is also published under the name Kate Murphy.

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