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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Review by Sam Lubell
Spectra Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553804683
Date: 31 July 2007 List Price $23.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Red Seas Under Red Skies, the sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora, adds pirates and secret agents to the first volume's thieves and con men. The result is a highly entertaining low-magic fantasy that is perfect for beach reading. While the first book had a richer background, especially on the culture and training of the thieves, Red Seas... has perhaps a more intricate plot and a few unexpected twists along the way. While a sequel, the book largely stands alone.

From official release/information:

Book Description: In his highly acclaimed debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch took us on an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a band of daring thieves led by con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. Now Lynch brings back his outrageous hero for a caper so death-defying, nothing short of a miracle will pull it off.

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.…

(Source: Spectra)

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