Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along Part I

Welcome back Lynch Mob! If you are new to this read along madness, buckle in! Red Seas Under Red Skies is the sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

This week’s questions were supplied by our brother blogger Bryce over at My Awful Reviews – so be sure to check his site out for his witty answers.

Keep track of us on twitter #lynchmob and check out the list of participating blogs below. Here are the Qs and my answers are at the bottom.

1. The Sinspire. It looks like our heroes (can they really be called that?) find themselves in search of a way into an unbeatable vault. Do you think they have what it takes to make it happen?


2.  Anyone want to guess how they’re going to make it happen?


3. It’s a little different this time around, with us just being focused on Locke and Jean. Is anyone else missing the rest of the Bastards as much as I am?


4. I love the section where Jean starts to build a new guild of thieves. It really shows just how well trained and tough he is. Do you think the Bastards will end up training others along the way again like Bug?


5. For those of you looking for Sabetha, we still haven’t spotted her yet. Anyone else chomping at the bit to see the love of Locke’s life?


6. It’s early on, but the Bastards are already caught up in plots that they didn’t expect. How do you think their new “employer” is going to make use of them (The Archon, that is)?

List of Participating Blogs:

Little Red Reviewer

Genkinahito’s blog
Lynn’s Book Blog
My Awful Reviews
Books Without Any Pictures
Travels Through Iest
Booky Pony
Nashville Book Worm
Paperless Reading

i want life in every word

Scruffy Fiction

Kaitharshayr’s Musings

My Answers:

1) Right off the bat, I have to wonder if breaking into the vault is a cover or distraction for something else. Things are always complicated with Locke; granted this is a tough vault, but I wonder what else he is planning.

2) Persuasion and lies and misdirection. That is what makes the world of thieves go round. And Jean mentioned something about a climbing harness. There is a spire involved…..

3) I miss the joking and camaraderie that we had with the gang. Locke and Jean are understandably morose.

4) Jean’s character really has come a ways. While I felt that his violence in the first book was justified, I was a little surprised how he knocked around his new, temporary gang without it niggling his conscience. It will be interesting to see how this new, dour, tougher side of Jean evolves.

5) I’m starting to get a little pissed at Sabetha. Hasn’t she heard of the tragedy that befell her former Brothers in Thievery? Is she searching for Locke? Whatever happened between her and Locke – was it so heart-breaking that she can’t bring herself to hunt him down? Perhaps she heard they were all dead and has mourned them all the past 2+ years.

6) I like The Archon and his Eyes. Locke needs this extra challenge. The Archon has outmatched Locke in ruthlessness and subterfuge, but can he continue to do so? I don’t think he will ever out-mouth Locke when it comes to insults.

Other Bits of Interest:

Selendri – I want her back story and I want to know more about that animated, mechanized brass arm of hers.

Wasn’t that the drinking game from hell? Sure does beat Four Kings!

Bloody Bondsmagi- they do not play by their own rules. Creepy on top of creepy.

I noticed on Lynch’s site that he has 7 books planned in this series! These books are so good, let Lynch take as long as he needs to complete this series. It’s like good chocolate – you want to savor it a bit at a time, taking days to finish the entire bar.

Future Schedule:

Little Red Reviewer: Part 2 – Reminiscence “The Lady of the Glass Pylon” through end of Chapter 6; posts go up Sat May 5

SF Signal:  Part 3 – Chapter 7 thru end of Chapter 10; posts go up May 12

Darkcargo: Part 4 – Chapter 11 thru end of chapter 13; posts go up May 19

Lynn’s Book Blog: Part 5 – Chapter 14 to the end, posts go up May 26

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25 thoughts on “Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along Part I

  1. That marketplace scene was really creepy – zombieish (‘brains’)! *shivers*
    7 books – such a lot to look forward to – Lynch can definitely take his time.
    I liked your point about Jean when he was knocking his little gang around. I did kind of feel sorry for them but I guess if he’s shown any weakness they’s have been all over him. I like the way Lynch always has these female characters playing roles like the prefect and then Selendri.
    Lynn :D

    • I think it’s neat he uses women as characters throughout the novels, including villains. Selendri is awesome, and reminds me a bit of the Spider in the last book. It’s nice to see an author using female characters in such a way that there’s nothing unusual about them being there.

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  3. I thought I read somewhere it could be a nine book series…but that could be my faulty memory at work.

    If Lynch can keep up the level of the first two books for however many GB novels we get, it will be great.

  4. I’m curious about Selendri too! I wonder how she lost her hand and whether it had anything to do with cheating at cards. She also had mentioned she works for herself not Requin, which makes me question whether or not there’s some sort of a front going on there. She and Requin might not be as they appear.

  5. Jean’s character has shown a lot of growth (Locke not so much) but it seems like the two still have a lot to learn. I was so surprised when Locke and Jean drank the apple cider. After all of their training and all they have been through, surely they should have connected the hot room torture with the drink.

    • Locke doesn’t think sometimes does he? Or at least keeps underestimating people (he has to stop doing that!). But I guess that’s what the Archon was hoping for that the hot room would confuse him long enough to believe him when he claimed it was all a mistake.

  6. I agree with Grace about the women! They’re just there, and there’s no extra fuss about them. Well, okay, the Spider was a little different, what with everyone thinking she’d be a man, but otherwise.
    Seven books! Think of how awesome it’ll look on the bookshelf! :D The seventh one has a beautiful name (at least for now, not sure if it’s a working title but I sure hope it stays) and it can’t be out too soon – but as you said, let Scott work at any pace he wants to. Rereading is good for your brain!

    • Awesomely good for your brain. If Little red Reviewer had not said – Hey I want to re-read LoLL, want to do a read along, I might not have heard of this author for some time.

  7. Completely agree with you on Selendri. Actually I’m hoping for a little more of female characters. I’ve read somewhere that Sabetha will only make an appearance on the third book.

  8. Ohhhhhh: good answer for #1. Plots within plots sounds just like Locke!

    I felt that Jean’s treatment of the Brass Coves was pure Chains: painful but educational, so he had nothing to be conflicted about. I have a suspicion that they would agree with me.

  9. not a spoiler, but we do find out a little bit more about Selendri, I just don’t remember when it the book it happens.

    and a tall spire? and climbing harnesses? you might be onto something there! and a front? no way! ;-)

    my only guess with Sabetha is that she isn’t aware of what happened in Camorr. I remember reading somewhere that she spends far more time away from Camorr than her GB brothers, and i think she may still be “far away”, I just don’t remember where that is, or even if it’s a region we’ve heard of before.

    • if she’s far away, maybe she’s busy dealing with some of her own crap? Or who knows maybe if she has heard about it she’s trying to find a way to help out from afar? Maybe she has more appreciation for how dangerous Bondsmagi are?

  10. Good thinking about Sabetha! That didn’t occur to me but it makes sense.

    There are 7 books planned?! That’s great news (the problem is only how long are we going to wait for them, as my copy of RSURS said the next book, The Republic of Thieves would be available in 2009 and it’s still not out).

  11. Back story on Selendri would be fantastic! It’s starting to bother me though that all these interesting women are showing up in the story — Nazca, Sabetha, and now Selendri — and I don’t know much about them. And when Sabetha shows up she better be awesome.

    I’m willing to overlook Jean’s meanness toward the new gang because I think he was working through some grief and needed to prove a point, maybe to both himself and the new gang. Either way, I still want them to find a few new members so I can stop thinking of them as a married couple arguing all the time. :)

  12. The Bondsmagi puppet trick with people? Creepy doesn’t even begin to describe it. But I like that there is this insanely powerful community lurking in the darkness, trying to fuck up Locke’s life without really interfering directly. That means big ass boss fight on the last book!
    And Sabetha, I feel almost as if she’s out of time, like she knows nothing, absorbed in a mysterious mission somewhere, and sometimes she sits by a fire at night and thinks dirty thoughs about Locke. Or so I hope :D

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