69.  (69) – Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch

This is the sequel to Lynch’s The Lies and Locke Lamora and the general consensus among readers seems to be that it does not reach the level of its predecessor.  While I do tend to agree, this is more a compliment to Locke Lamora and not a critique of Red Seas Under Red Skies. This is a very entertaining novel in its own right.

Though not as fresh in terms of its thief plots, Locke and Jean’s dealings at the casino alone are worth the read. The scenes on the high seas can be very entertaining as well. I missed the more active involvement of the Bondsmage, but nonetheless I feel this is a worthy sequel.

At some point, it would be nice to see Locke and Jean in more control of their destinies…to see them back as the manipulators and not subject to the whims of multiple characters throughout the course of the story. Still, I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora.

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