This is the fifth and final post for my participation in a read-along of Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies, hosted by Dark Cargo, @ohthatashley at SF Signal, My Awful Reviews, Lynn’s Book Blog and the Little Red Reviewer. What this means is...
Read-Along posts discuss a specific portion of Red Seas Under Red Skies and are therefore full of spoilers! This is also a sequel of The Lies of Locke Lamora, so this post may be filled with spoilers from that book as well! I will do a usual review post once the book is complete.
This week’s questions include through the end of Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. I’m surprised that everything came together so well in the end. I was wondering how Lynch was going to be able to wrap everything up in so little time. We even got closure on the Salon Corbeau situation!
1. Oh my god, such a lot going on I thought the showdown between the Poison Orchid and the Sovereign was brilliantly written and they were holding their own until Utgar and his nasty device turned up. Well a lot of you had kind of predicted it, and I suppose we’d been let off too easy so far in terms of deaths of well-liked characters – but come on, did you expect something like that? And how on earth will Jean ever recover?
Well, as was said quite a lot in the past few weeks, Ezri was Lynch’s prime choice for a dramatic death in this novel. After the device was activated and Ezri charged after it, I felt like it was pretty clear she was going to sacrifice herself for the ship. I would have been much more surprised (and delighted) if something like that had not happened. This always happens when one has a romance with a main character in an adventure story… it’s the kiss of death…
2. The deceit, the betrayal, first Rodanov and then Colvard. Even now I’m not entirely sure I understand Colvard – Rodanov was never keen on the oath but Colvard seemed okay with it all and yet in this final deceit she was more devious than Rodanov – what do you think was her motive?
I guess the pirates aren’t really Jean and Locke’s ‘people’. They don’t follow either of the strictures of the Crooked Warden. They stab each other in the back and make sure not to bother the rich folks too much. I suppose Cpt. Drakasha was different!
3. Merrain – such a puzzle, no real answer, the mysterious tattoo, the determination to kill everyone to keep her identity and that of her master a secret. Does anybody have any ideas where she’s from and what she’s up to exactly and who the hell is she working for??
The only idea I’ve got so far is the Bondsmagi. I don’t know any other organization that would be involved. Honestly, I’m expecting it to be some secret society that just hasn’t been mentioned yet. I’m sure we’ll find out when book 3 comes out.
4. Finally we get to the point of the GB’s latest scheme, all that elaborate planning for two years, fancy chairs, gambling, dust covered cards, abseiling lessons – all for one gigantic bluff. I loved the diversionary tactic here but having finally reached the end of the story and, more to the point, the end result – do you think the GB’s are as clever as they think they are?
I still think they’re pretty clever. They made one mistake, where there would have been room for so many more. It just happened to be a mistake that cut their payoff by about 90%.
5. I must admit that I liked Requin and Selendri – particularly at the end – I don’t think Requin will go after Locke and Jean, he was even sort of cool and composed about it all, in fact he came across as a bit pleased with himself because he had the last laugh. Plenty of good characters this time which did you enjoy reading most about this time?
Locke and Jean? Okay, I guess you probably meant besides the two of them. I suppose I would pick Captain Drakasha. She was a very interesting pirate.
6. Finally, a triple barrel question, I know I shouldn’t ask this BUT, on reflection do you have a favourite between LoLL or RSURS?? And why? Are you going to pick up Republic of Thieves? And, where do you think Lynch will take us to next??
At this point, I think I have a slight preference for LoLL. I enjoyed both of them, but LoLL felt more like a self-contained story. I was also more interested in reading about Camorr than I was about the Poison Orchid. Maybe I’m just not a strongly nautically inclined person. Anyhow, I will definitely pick up Republic of Thieves. My predictions are that Lynch will take us to a faraway land where we will a) finally meet Sabetha, b) learn who’s behind Merrain, c) see Locke and Jean find a cure for the poison, and d) possibly get some more insight into the magical system of Lynch’s world.