Adult · Gentleman Bastard · Scott Lynch

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentlemen Bastards #2) by Scott Lynch


After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can’t rest for long — and are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele — and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior… and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house’s cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire. Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors… straight to Requin’s teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb — until they are closer to the spoils than ever.

But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo’s secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough ( 


skiesAlright, Red Seas Under Red Skies is so incredibly amazing! I actually liked it more than the first book, even though I still liked that one a lot too. This one was just so engaging! I think this series is going to be on my favorites list!


The previous novel was wrapped up by the end of the book, so this one starts a new story, but with some minor connections. Locke and Jean are trying to pull off their biggest heist yet and I just couldn’t believe how complicated this was! The story had multiple things going on at once and Locke and Jean had tons of aliases going at the same time. Even with all this stuff happening it wasn’t at all confusing; it just made the story even more interesting. I asked myself all the time, how are they going to get themselves out of this situation? There were several times when I was sitting on the edge of my chair because the scene was so intense! Towards the ending of the book I gasped so loudly that I startled my husband because I couldn’t believe what happened and never expected it!  Just…wow! Not only does this book have an amazing plot, but it is also rather emotional, but I don’t want to go to much into that because I could give something away. There was a pretty difficult moment in the book when I became very upset. I just felt very bad for one of the characters. 😦

Most of the plot/sub-plots are wrapped up in this book however, Lynch leaves one tiny thing that isn’t resolved and it is killing me! I must read the next book ASAP!


The character development is just fantastic! I am becoming more connected to Locke and Jean as I learn more about them. There aren’t many times when I care if something happens to a character, but in this book I just can’t stand it. That is how well developed these characters are. Lynch isn’t done either because there is still so much we don’t know about them, especially their past. I hope that we learn about it in the following books. I even became attached to a few of the secondary characters and hope there will be more of them in some of the other books. My favorites were Drakasha and Ezri! I loved watching their relationship with Locke and Jean develop from enemies to friends and in such a short time we learn so much about them. Lynch is really a master when it comes to character development!

While reading this book, we see Locke and Jean’s relationship progress and develop as they are put into some tough situations. The bond they share is so incredible! They definitely had some rough times in this book and in the past, but no matter what happens it seems they stick with each other through the best and worst of times. This is what true friendship is all about!

There are more mentions of Sabeth in this novel, but we still don’t know anything about her except that she must have been really close to Locke. I hope we get to see this part of the story in the next book. I seem to really enjoy the flashbacks to their childhood because I learn so much more about them and how they got to be where they are.

Overall Thoughts

This book is just incredible! The writing is impeccable, the story is captivating, and the characters are amazing! I can’t praise this book enough and I really hope that I enjoy the next book just as much as I did this one. There wasn’t anything I disliked except for the horrible cliffhanger! I must read the next book!

My rating: 5/5 stars!

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My other reviews in this series

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Republic of Theives

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