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.
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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.
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’.
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