Novel: Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch
Published: October 8th, 2013
Rating: 5/5 stars
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I won’t provide a synopsis for the book, as that would be a certain spoiler for the previous two.
“What is government but theft by consent?”
“What’s the n-never-fail apology?” “I was badly misinformed, I deeply regret the error, go fuck yourself with this bag of money.”
“Stand aside, and try not to catch fire if I shed sparks of genius.”
While I usually love the current schemes and plots more than the flashbacks, in Republic of Thieves that was turned upside down. I loved getting to know Sabetha. I loved seeing how the GB got started with their heists. How they learned through trial and error.
In the first two books, Sabetha is kind of a mystery. No one speaks about her, barely even daring to speak her name. All we know is that Locke loves her -which is not a spoiler, not even for the first book. Now, we not only got to know her, but got to find out why she is such a sore subject! Seeing Locke stumble through something is hilarious, as he normally concocts a perfect plan for everything. I loved watching their relationship unfold -and I have to admit that my feelings surrounding Sabetha are mixed. What I love about her is that she is so incredibly intelligent, that she is pretty much the best GB of them all. But she has certain streaks I don’t like too. Like the fact that she always seems to blame Locke for everything. No matter whether it was actually a conscious decision of Locke to do the “offending” act. I don’t like how she just seems to run away without letting anyone explain anything. Like that will solve anything at all. But overall, she is an incredibly interesting character.
In the first book, we get to see Locke going from Shades Hill to Father Chains. And we learn a bot about his first days there, but then it pretty much skips to their fully working GB team. In this one, we get to see more of their training. How their first days together were. How Chains taught them lessons. How they got to do their first con together. It was all just SO interesting! I liked seeing a different side to all the characters. Calo and Galdo are basically drunk troublemakers here. Jean is still pretty much the reliable muscle. Locke is starting to become the brains. It’s magnificent. It gave me more insight in their workings, but it also helped to connect with Locke. During the first two books, that’s kind of hard because he is portrayed as this criminal genius without fail. Not really a character I can connect with easily. But here, we see more of his “human” side. His failings, flaws, wishes and so on.One other thing, I wish there was more Jean in this book. In general.
The flashback part was so captivating. I loved it. The Republic of Thieves reproduction. And I was wondering, how can that turn into one of their big cons or problems? Then again, I underestimated their ability to screw up pretty much everything. And their ability to fix it through the most ridiculous decisions.
I have to talk about the current events too of course. While I did find it interesting, I loved the flashbacks more. In current times, Locke and Jean are helping a faction of the Bondsmagi. Not voluntarily of course. I felt like this part was much less fleshed out than any other scheme they have come up with. I couldn’t really see how their efforts to annoy Sabetha would result in winning votes. Did any of the parties actually do something to gather votes? I don’t know. I felt like it was all just concentrated on the parties annoying each other, rather than trying to win. Anyway, I can’t say I foresaw the way it ended. As always, Scott Lynch never fails to surprise me.
I listened to the audiobook for this one, and I would highly recommend it! The narrator is great, and it also helps with pronunciations. Of all the names, the places, etc. It’s really easy to listen to, and I had a hard time with audiobooks before. Definite recommend!
P.S. I can’t wait to read The Thorn of Emberlain. I’ll have to wait a bit longer now, but I wish Scott Lynch all of the best. Your fans will wait, until you feel well enough and better.