Red Seas Under Red Skies
Scott Lynch, once again, tells a story where the threats come from all sides. In Red Seas Under Red Skies, Locke and Jean attempt to pull another long con and end up at sea (as pirates). This was a nice change from many other books because very few fantasy authors use sailing or the sea in their work.
One of the things I liked about both The Lies of Locke Lamora and this book is that they contain bits of wisdom stated in amusing terms. Here’s an example:
“I was under the impression,” said Locke, “that the archon was subordinate to the Priori council.”
“Technically, he is. The Priori have a lovely piece of parchment that says so. Stragos has an army and a navy that afford him a dissenting opinion.”
On the bad side, the version of the book I read (eBook) had a lot of formatting errors. In fact, it had more than many self-published books that I’ve read. Most of the errors were with missing quotes in dialogue. There were several instances where it was apparent that a paragraph of dialogue was split into two, but no quotes were added to the beginning of the second paragraph.
One thing that I thought was a bit silly is Locke and Jean are master thieves who are street wise and at the top of their game, but keep getting ambushed in the street. This is something I consider lazy writing. The author needs an action scene so he manufactures one that is out of character for the protagonists.
As far as the series goes, the book feels more like a television series than a fantasy series. Each book is more of an episode than an extension of a larger plot. The author gives hints about a larger plot or what could be the culmination of the series, but doesn’t move toward it in a meaningful way in this book.
Nevertheless, it’s a very good book for fans of action, adventure, and suspense.
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