Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along Finale

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You guys have stuck with us, making our way (sometimes tortuously slow because it is so darn good!) through this awesome book. Yet now that it is over, I am a little sad, a little happy (for the characters – it could have been so much worse), and greatly looking forward to Book 3. A big THANK YOU to Little Red Reviewer who kicked this whole adventure off and kept us all on target (like using saddled cats to herd prairie dogs). Make sure to stop by her place and tell her what a good idea this was.

This week’s questions come from Lynn over at Lynn’s Book Blog, so check that out. Also follow our snarky remarks on twitter with #lynchmob.

The Questions:

1.       Oh my god, such a lot going on I thought the showdown between the Poison Orchid and the Sovereign was brilliantly written and they were holding their own until Utgar and his nasty device turned up.  Well a lot of you had kind of predicted it, and I suppose we’d been let off too easy so far in terms of deaths of well-liked characters  – but come on,  did you expect something like that?  And how on earth will Jean ever recover?

2.       The deceit, the betrayal, first Rodanov and then Colvard.  Even now I’m not entirely sure I understand Colvard – Rodanov was never keen on the oath but Colvard seemed okay with it all and yet in this final deceit she was more devious than Rodanov – what do you think was her motive?

3.       Merrain – such a puzzle, no real answer, the mysterious tattoo, the determination to kill everyone to keep her identity and that of her master a secret.  Does anybody have any ideas where she’s from and what she’s up to exactly and who the hell is she working for??

4.       Finally we get to the point of the GB’s latest scheme, all that elaborate planning for two years, fancy chairs, gambling, dust covered cards, abseiling lessons – all for one gigantic bluff. I loved the diversionary tactic here but having finally reached the end of the story and, more to the point, the end result – do you think the GB’s are as clever as they think they are?

5.       I must admit that I liked Requin and Selendri – particularly at the end – I don’t think Requin will go after Locke and Jean, he was even sort of cool and composed about it all, in fact he came across as a bit pleased with himself because he had the last laugh.  Plenty of good characters this time which did you enjoy reading most about this time?

6.       Finally, a triple barrel question, I know I shouldn’t ask this BUT, on reflection do you have a favorite between LoLL or RSURS??  And why?  Are you going to pick up Republic of Thieves?  And, where do you think Lynch will take us to next??

My Limited, yet Entertaining, Answers:

1) First – I was glad to see that Lynch threw in some beasties in this fight – those giant bird things and the blob from hell in the water. Next – I think Utgar got off too easily. I was a little surprised he wasn’t kept painfully alive for some time. Lastly – sigh….. Jean has not had enough good stuff in his life and it was hard for Ezri to have to leave it so soon. I admit, I sniffled a bit and wiped my eyes. Which transferred fresh lotion from my hands to my eyes, which had me crying for the next hour. Alcohol burns!

2) Colvard strikes me as highly practical. If you severely disagree with something another pirate is up to, you keep it to yourself and plan behind her back. In this case, she has deniability as only 4 people know the 2 of them met and only those 2 know what they discussed. Very cold, deceitful, and practical. And this might be one of the reasons she has been around so long. I think I have worked for people her character was based on.

3) Another practical lady – with practical shoes. I have this feeling that we have bumped into other discreetly tattooed folks (besides the Archon’s Eyes), but I can’t remember. Will have to re-read these two books. If Chains was training the Gentlemen Bastards, perhaps he had cronies who trained their own folks in similar ways. Perhaps Merrain is one of these trainees and this assignment was her graduating project. I would rate her at a C+.

4) In the first book, we saw that Locke wasn’t as clever as he thought because he did not plan on The Spider getting involved. Here, we see that Locke and Jean did not learn much about the artwork they intended to steal. Otherwise, they would have had a chance of determining that the paintings were great fakes before completing their scheme. What a costly lesson for them! That twist did have me laughing out loud. I also hope it means that Requin won’t be actively seeking their lives as they have enough to worry about.

5) What a tough question! So many of these characters I enjoyed. How about that failed highwayman from earlier in the book when Locke and Jean are practicing their climbing skills. Of course Drakasha and Ezri provided lots of entertainment and intensity. Merrain is a lovely mystery. Aaaaaggghhhh! I’m not going to pick one. I want them all, in questionable ways.

6) While I loved the pirates of RSURS, I think I enjoyed LOLL just a little bit more because we had the adventure of exploring a new world and the camaraderie of the Gentlemen Bastards. Hell, yes, I am going to pick up Book 3! I think My Main Man would be peeved if I didn’t. I think we will have a land adventure in the next book. Perhaps mountains or farms and I am guessing that there will be some scenario where Locke has to call in that favor with the failed highwayman.

Other Tidbits:

Do you think The Archon got off too easy?

Can the Priori protect Tal Verrar from the dominance of Karthain?

I felt that the last 100 pages or so went by fast. I liked how Lynch wrapped up things, but I wish the publishers had given him more pages to fill. I loved the whole bit with the Priori and would have enjoyed more scenes with them.

Regal kitten will grow up with an interesting skill set considering his ‘parents’.

Check out what these other guys are saying (it’s probably more intelligent, entertaining, and thoughtful):

Genkinahito’s Blog


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Kaitharshayr’s Musings

Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers

Central Neural Pathway Station

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Beware of the Froggies


Tethyan Books

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14 thoughts on “Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along Finale

  1. I enjoyed the monsters during the fight. Sucking blood out of the pores? Blimey.

    With Drakasha weakened and Rodanov fish food (or is he?) Colvard is pretty much going to be the most dominant pirate on the Sea of Brass. She’s smart enough to root out Rodanov’s spies so setting others up for a fight that will benefit her is right up her street.

    As soon as I read the description of Merrain’s shoes I knew she’d escape. I like her a lot now (especially since I imagine her looking like Anne Hathaway dressed as Cat Woman).

    • Nice. But Merrain was wearing a skirt, not a form fitting leather outfit with utility belt? Not to say she couldn’t change her wardrobe if she wanted to.

      I wonder if a future book will have a show down between Colvard and Drakasha?

      • I know everyone likes the sharks – but, really, has nobody seen Jaws! A shark’s eyes – ‘all black and lifeless like dolls eyes’. That’s the last thing you want to see as you’re taking your little dip in the ocean.
        Lynn :D

        • we’re gonna need a bigger boat ;)

          no wonder the pirates all have these big nasty ships, it’s to keep the nasty sea beasties from climbing right on board. I say bring on the monsters!

  2. I forgot about the inclusion of the blood sucking monster – brilliant! Well, unless you’re in the water that is – but it at least felt like it evened the odds up a bit during the fight and without that beastie I think it would have been worse for Drakasha and her crew. Particularly with those strange birds!
    I never thought about it like that but you’re probably right – that’s why Colvard has been around so long. Thankfully I don’t think I’ve worked for anyone like that *quickly knocks on wood*!
    Lynn :D

    • I was not expecting the blood sucking monster and I was so distracted by the fight scenes that I had forgotten about all the evil beasties of the water. So, it was a nice touch.

  3. Have to agree with you about Colvard, it’s all about power and survival, I imagine the woman has a VERY good poker face!

    Also I don’t think The Archon got off lightly, I mean spending the rest of your life shut up in a small space? Effectively becoming the ships pet? The man was ruthless and used people, but from what we have seen the stuff he’s done doesn’t really compare to some of the stuff Requin has done! (That whole bit about some poor guys knee caps??) Locke is pretty lucky that he’s actually put Requin & Selendri in a more powerful position than they were before! I also think it will be more Requine & Selendri who protect Tal Verrar from the Karthain and not the Priori. :)

    • I can see Selendri and Requin protecting Tal Verrar because it suits their needs.

      I was thinking that the Archon deserved a little more attention from Locke and Jean before he was handed over to Drakasha. Still, you are right; he will suffer plenty.

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  5. Having Locke keep Regal was a cute touch, especially since he kept claiming that he didn’t like the kitty even though it was obvious that he did.

    Colvard’s a sneaky little twit, and I’m curious as to whether she’ll pop up in later books or whether the storyline with Drakasha and the pirates is pretty much at an end now.

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  7. your answers were short and sweet and have me laughing out loud. . . and getting weird looks from strangers. Yay wifi hotspots!

    thank goodness you weren’t cutting up hot peppers right before the Ezri scene. along with the millions of other reasons that I can’t wait for book 3, is that I want to see the crazy completely not-thought-out mess that Locke gets himself into. I guess one of these days he’ll have to actually plan something with a plan good enough to actually work. If he was a jagermonster I’d accuse him of having a plan where someone loses their hat.

  8. Weeping from hand lotion… what a strange way to conclude this adventure :D
    I love all the theories about Merrain, and especially this graduating project; I would give her C-, she did kill the poor old physiker!

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