Image of The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards)


Image of The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards)

The long-delayed continuation of the Gentleman Bastards series, this resolves Red Seas Under Red Skies’ monumental cliff-hanger by piling on the long-suffering Locke yet more danger and loss than the previous two installments did; it also makes the case that Locke may deserve much of what he receives. Although at times the romance, told in flashback and present times, seems a little overwrought, Lynch seems to enjoy hurling brickbats at his hapless protagonist. But he demonstrates laudable skill at confounding the earnest Locke in ways readers will find diverting.

Poisoned and dying, career con man Locke Lamora agrees to pay for personal survival by acting as a human chess piece in a contest between two factions of Bondsmagi, the seemingly all-powerful magicians of his world. His opposition? The one confidence agent Lamora is vulnerable to: Sabetha, once a fellow Gentleman Bastard and Lamora’s lost one true love. (DEL REY, Oct., 672 pp., $28.00)
Reviewed by: 
James Davis Nicoll