The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – Book Review by Nick Eaton

The Republic of Thieves Gentleman Bastards Book 3, The Republic of Thieves, a fantasy novel by Scott Lynch. Book review written by Nick Eaton.

With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body—though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring—and the Bondsmage’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.<br> <br> Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha—or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.

Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body—though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring—and the Bondsmage’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.

Finally, the fabled Sabetha comes into these books and she is pretty awesome. Like the description says, she is Locke’s equal in every way. This book, like the others, was really good. It spent time in the past and present, so it showed how Locke and Sabetha came to love each other and what caused her to leave. The book was really well written and easy to read. Jean is an awesome friend who is willing to give everything to save his friend. Locke, on the other hand, is a terrible friend who will insult his friend to try and get him to leave and let him die. There are other characters introduced in this book, but they are from the past, so they probably won’t be in the next book, or maybe they will. I guess I will find out. There is a lot of clever thinking that happens and exciting schemes that get pulled off. Again, the language in this book is profane, but if that doesn’t bother you then read it, it was good.

 

5 Stars (5 / 5)
Description of Republic of Thieves was taken from Amazon.

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