Red Seas Under Red Skies is the second book in the Gentlemen Bastards sequence by Scott Lynch. Continuing from The Lies of Locke Lamora, we follow master conmen Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen as they attempt to steal from a deadly and decadent Casino, set in a fantasy world similar to Renaissance Italy.
I’ve described The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch as ‘The Godfather meets Renaissance Venice - with magic!’ If that premise made you excited, stay like that. The book is every bit as amazing as it sounds, and then some.
The Lies of Locke Lamora follows the Gentlemen Bastards, highly skilled con artists who steal from the rich nobles of Camorr (not to give to the poor, but because the rich are the only ones worth stealing from). Two plotlines interweave: in the present, the Gentleman Bastards struggle against a mysterious Grey King, who’s trying to take over Camorr’s criminal underworld (hence The Godfather allusions). This alternates with interludes describing Camorr’s rich history and the backstories of the Gentleman Bastards.
The third volume of the Gentleman Bastard series threatens to change the entire course of the series. It is a book which contains a shocking revelation about Locke Lamora's past which, potentially, could alter everything we know about the character. I'm not a big fan of this revelation and the only reason I'm not upset about is due to fact that, being a book about con games, it's entirely possible everything revealed was a lie. So, of course, I'm going to have to purchase the next book to find out if it's true. Clever.