The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves

Book - 2013
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Con man Locke Lamora's latest scrapes with fellow Gentleman Bastard Jean Tannen give way to an increasingly audacious resolve to have an incredibly good time while robbing the world blind. With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780553588965
Branch Call Number: LYNCH S
Lynch, S
Characteristics: 650 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Apr 16, 2017

The way the characters are written continues to be the best part of these books. Locke and Jean are a lot of fun to spend time with.

Once again the "interlude" sections that flashback to the past are awesome and way more interesting than the main plot. The main plot is readable but feels a little contrived and pointless. It's all political intrigue and attempts at manipulation that end up having little weight besides being a setup for the next book.

The character Sabetha is introduced, and although she is well written I found her frustrating and less compelling than Locke or Jean.

Apr 08, 2017

Good characterizations along with some interesting dialogue and colorful metaphors. The narrative can be a bit slow at times and the plot appears contrived. This is the third book in a series of at least four, so the contrivance of the plot likely is to tie in the stories. Worth it if you like the genre.

Jan 31, 2017

This is better than the second book but not quite as good as the first. It can get a bit slow at times, though maybe that's just me and my personal preferences. It also has more romance than you'd expect, and romances just aren't my thing. Nice ending, though.

ChristchurchLib Mar 21, 2016

This 3rd installment of the Gentleman Bastards series, after The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies, opens with notorious thief and con artist Locke Lamora slowly succumbing to death by poisoning while his partner-in-crime, Jean, scrambles to find an antidote. It turns out that the price of saving Locke's life is working for the Bondsmagi of the city of Karthain, who want the duo to rig a local election. Meanwhile, the return of Locke's long-lost love, Sabetha, complicates an already sticky situation. For more lively, witty fantasy caper novels starring charming rogues, check out Rachel Aaron's Legend of Eli Monpress series, beginning with The Spirit Thief.

mvkramer Dec 19, 2015

Old friends and enemies come back to haunt Locke and Jean, as they try to steal the largest, strangest target yet - an election. This is the best book of the series so far. The past and present storylines weave together very nicely, and both schemes - in the past, saving a struggling theater company, in the present, rigging an election - are exciting and fun. I loved how Locke's old antagonists - the magi - come back and play such a central role - and have been set up to continue to make him miserable in The Thorn of Emberlain.

Jul 25, 2015

The high points of the series continue to be the distinct well developed characters and the clever banter and dialogue between them. Locke and Jean continue to be awesome. The world building remains interesting and unique. It's a strong departure from the medieval era cliche type setting fantasy often gets set in. For this book the overall plot arc was the weakest part for me. Jean and Locke get hired to rig an election, and it all comes across as a bit contrived which makes it hard to care. However there are many interlude flashbacks to the past when the Gentleman Bastards were all together and still coming up prior to the events of the first book in the series, and this thread was awesome and keeps you interested all the way through. It was great to finally see everyone in action together. Also Sabetha finally appears in this book. So Locke tries to resume their "romance". It seems mostly tedious. Locke is supposedly in love with her except that it comes across as much more like an unhealthy obsession. If you love somebody you can recognize their flaws and be able to look past them, whereas Locke seems to think Sabetha has no flaws. So watching him be dumb about her is I guess understandable but frustrating. Sabetha herself is also nothing special I thought. A strong female character but without the compelling qualities of Locke and Jean. The last hundred or so pages set up an interesting return so that will be cool to see in the next book.

KateHillier Jun 02, 2015

Events pick up right after the devastating events of "Red Sea Under Red Skies" with a desperate Jean trying as hard as he can to procure an antidote for the unknown poison that's killing Locke. Help and employment come from unexpected quarters. With Locke restored to help and the pair tasked to rig an election, they find the agent hired for the other side is Sabetha - an old friend of them both and an old love of Locke's.

The romance, or really lack thereof I'd argue since the pair of them are more ready to kill each other than kiss in my mind, is handled quite well. Sabetha is an interesting and multilayered who is a joy to finally meet. The playful (mostly) rivalry between the two in the election is hilarious and fun to watch as are the flashback chapters with the Gentleman Bastards taking on their first assignment solo.

There are some really interesting developments in the final hundred pages of this book and I'm curious to see how that all plays out in the next book. It seemed a little bit tired (it's something we've all sort of seen before in fantasy) but it's interesting enough in both execution and Locke's reactions to it that I have faith.

Still hilarious, profane, and lots and lots of high stakes fun. Almost as good as the first one.

Jan 15, 2015

Orphan child raised to thievery in the streets, check. Big bruiser buddy for badinage, check. (Ala Fafnir and the Grey Mouser,) Female romantic interest who alternates "Come here" with "Go away" signals for young hero, check. Story flashing back and forth between two timelines, check. Still, it's well enough done and the characters are skillfully sketched. Foreshadowings of each dramatic change appear. Admittedly, I jumped in the middle of this series, but I didn't get lost, although I am not a fan of dueling plots from different times. Our heroes are more con artists than thieves and their ability to conjure success from immanent defeat is entertaining if you don't look too closely.

Mar 17, 2014

I found it hard to enjoy this story as much as the first two - which I loved. While it was great to get the back-story and to finally meet Sabetha it meant basically telling two separate adventures in the one book and I think that as a result neither of them had the level of intricacy or depth that the previous stories had. Also an entire chapter at the end is given to setting up the next book or series and I also think that that was unnecessary - it would have been better to make it the prologue to the next book.

So in the end, still a good read and nice to find out about Sabetha but not as satisfying as the first two books.

Feb 03, 2014

The primary intent of this 3rd book is character development. It fills in gaps and extends the story of characters lost or only hinted at in the 1st novel. As such, the essence of the primary plot could be boiled down to a few sentences and it is clearly setup for a 4th. I enjoyed it nevertheless and read it in a day.

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