Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies

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Red Seas Under Red SkiesGentleman Bastard #2 by Scott Lynch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not really sure how to classify Red Seas Under Skies, but I liked it anyways. Part heist, part high seas adventure, the novel maintains the charm of the first in the series, while delving into new realms.

Like the first novel in the Gentleman Bastard series, Red Seas Under Red Skies follows the exploits of Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen. This time, we find them in a new city two years later and far into a long con.

However, things go sideways and fast, putting Jean and Locke’s plans on hold and landing the two in new territory: on a pirate ship on the open sea. Although, Jean and Locke’s criminal activities are entertaining, I thought this was the best part of the novel. This is that part that really got me hooked and I found I started reading a lot faster. I don’t recall ever being particularly enchanted with pirates, but I really enjoyed the high seas adventures nonetheless.

Another thing that I really liked about the novel was that it was a bit deeper than the first of the series. Jean and Locke seem to be becoming more realistic and multidimensional over time. I think it’s a great thing. These novels are fun, but they also bring up some interesting moral questions.

Overall, I thought this novel had a great story and it definitely made me want to jump right into the not-yet-released third novel. If you liked the first, you’ll definitely like the second as well.