Red Seas Under Red Skies
by Scott Lynch
Two years after Locke and Jean leave Camorr, they’re cheating their way to the vault at the Sinspire, until someone in Tel Verrar finds out their true identities and forces the pair to change their plans.
Locke and Jean are back, and in as much trouble as ever as they work their next scheme and have their plans derailed when some major players choose to exploit the pair’s talents. With a new city and a great deal of piracy, there are a lot of new people and places to get to know. Locke and Jean go through a lot together as they make allies and enemies, and find a little romance, and the characters develop as they find a way to roll with the punches that just keep coming. Really, these boys cannot catch a break, and I’m still not sure they want to.
There is a lot going on in this book, and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I’m a big fan of this duo, and the writing made it difficult to put down and easy to pick back up as I was eager to see how they would get themselves out of trouble and play out their con. As the sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I also loved, this one did not disappoint. There’s banter, plot twists, casino heists, and piracy. There is a cliffhanger at the end, as the boys prove how deep their friendship goes, but that just leads us into the third book of the series, which I’ll talk about soon.