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The Republic of Thieves di Scott Lynch
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The Republic of Thieves (edizione 2013)

di Scott Lynch

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After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi. It is a fallout that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal - to destroy Locke for ever. The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.… (altro)
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Titolo:The Republic of Thieves
Autori:Scott Lynch
Info:New York : Del Rey, [2013]
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The Republic of Thieves di Scott Lynch

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This book was a bit of a let down. The characters we've come to love didn't have very much to do as their opponents were either God-like in their power, or so meaningless as to offer no challenge. The love story was completely annoying and repetitive and I found myself just wanting the series to end. The worst possible outcome happened, of course, when I realized that this isn't the final book in the series. It drives me crazy when I don't finish a whole series, but I think this is going to be one of those.

In short, book 1 was fantastic. Book 2 was a bit scattered, but finished well. Book 3 was a waste of my time. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
I'm reading, in some of the other reviews that the plot for this one went nowhere, that it was boring, that Sabetha is hated.

I respectfully disagree with all of this.

In defense of the plot going nowhere, this one was really never about the election, but more about the relationship between Locke and Sabetha. Through the past and present stories, you got the full range of the relationship, from start to end, in both the past and present.

And, at least for me, it was never boring, because I've been that heartsick boy who just only ever wanted to be able to say the right thing to the girl, but each time I did, it came out wrong. So, the flashback scenes where they danced around each other was painful and awkward to watch. And in the present-day plot, the tennis match of Locke versus Sabetha's dirty tricks against each other was fun.

And, or course, through it all, there were the usual inventive and desperate cons that you've come to expect and love from a Locke Lamora novel.

Finaly, what's all this hate for Sabetha? She's portrayed as a very guarded, extremely intelligent, quick-witted woman. She's challenging. She's like everything else in Locke's life...a challenge, a problem, a lock without the right key. She's the perfect foil and companion for Locke. I loved her.

Honestly, three books in, and I just keep finding more and more love for this series. I'm not a fantasy guy. Yes, I read the Lord of the Rings, and a few others, but, while I found much to enjoy, none of them ever grabbed me or entertained me like Lynch has.

I, quite simply, adore this series.

As a side note, I find it funny that I finished a book that tells the story of election rigging on Trump's one-year anniversary in office. There's a message in there somewhere... ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Good book, but wish he could have wrapped up a few plotlines for a change rather than leaving them wide open for the next book. ( )
  zakman14 | Aug 19, 2021 |
This is really two stories in one book, one of them taking us back to the early days of the group, one following the events of the previous book, and both telling the story of the complicated courtship of Sabetha and Locke. It's lacking the grand complicated scheme whose cleverness only becomes apparent in the final stages when it seems doomed to fail that made me fall in love with the series. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
“I don’t expect life to make sense,” he said after a few moments, “but it would certainly be pleasant if it would stop kicking us in the balls.”

[b:The Lies of Locke Lamora|29588376|The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)|Scott Lynch|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1458646334i/29588376._SY75_.jpg|2116675] was all about revenge and gang warfare. [b:Red Seas Under Red Skies|40604556|Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)|Scott Lynch|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1529603335i/40604556._SY75_.jpg|856785] branched out to an Ocean's Eleven style casino heist and piracy on the high seas. So what do we get in [b:The Republic of Thieves|2890090|The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)|Scott Lynch|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1406961069i/2890090._SY75_.jpg|2916344]? Infighting between political factions of mages and election fraud, apparently.

On the plus side, we go far more in depth in two things I'd been sorely curious about: the Bondsmages and Sabetha.

Ever since the first book, I've been wanting to know more about this mysterious Bondsmages, powerful enough that everyone is terrified of them (and willing to pay exorbitant prices to hire them) and insane enough that they've managed to actually pull off eradicating any magic users that refuse to play their games. This time around, we get to see a much more human face to them, along with a variety of political factions within the Bondsmages themselves. The more human they seem... honestly the more terrifying it makes them.

“Magi must never work magic against one another,” said Patience. “We’re as human as you are, as complicated, as insecure, as driven to argument. The only difference is that any one of us, out of the mildest irritation, could make someone evaporate into smoke with a gesture. “We don’t duel,” she continued. “We don’t so much as tease one another with our arts. We forcefully separate ourselves from any situation where our crossed purposes might tempt us to do so.”

I think my favorite bit of the Bondsmages is learning just why they take the jobs they take and why they exert such direct control over the magic of the world. It's rather less about power than I expected (although that certainly feeds into it) and more... Cthulian. There are only hints, but not I want to know even more. And if Patience wasn't lying to Locke the entire time... we might just.

So far as Sabetha--we've spent two rather long books building her up and now we get to see her both as a young Lady Bastard and then as a fully trained fraudster and peer of Locke and Jean's when the Bondsmages pit Sabetha and Locke against one each other in their 'game' of election fraud. We start with their very first interaction, years and years ago:

Second, she spoke directly to him for the first time, and he would remember her words with a clarity that would jar his heart long after the other incidents of that time had faded to a haze of half-truths in his memory: “You’re the Lamora boy, right?” He nodded eagerly. “Well, look here, you little shit. I’ve heard all about you, so just shut your mouth and keep those reckless hands in your pockets. I swear to all the gods, if you give me one hint of trouble, I will heave you off a bridge and it will look like a bloody accident.

Things only get better from there. :)

I actually really like Sabetha. She was built up to unholy heights, by Locke's point of view, so seeing her as entirely human--albeit just as smart and well trained as the others--is worth it. Especially when she has her own wants and desires completely alien (at least at first) to Locke. That's a growing relationship worth seeing.

Overall, it's fascinating to see just how different each of the Gentleman Bastard's books can be, while driving forwards the characters and expanding the world a few hundred thousands words at a time. I look forward to [b:The Thorn of Emberlain|8074907|The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard, #4)|Scott Lynch|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1425482518i/8074907._SY75_.jpg|12787416], whensoever it comes out.

Side note: The backstory behind the name 'The Thorn of Camorr' is wonderful. About 44% of the way through in one of the interludes. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Scott Lynchautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Carre, BenjaminImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Miller, EdwardIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Page, MichaelNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi. It is a fallout that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal - to destroy Locke for ever. The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.

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