Things have been pretty quiet around here recently. I’ve gotten behind on my reading so I had to skip last weeks read along questions and I’m late posting this weeks. It’s a shame that this happened right at the end of the read along but at least I just about got caught up in time. Here are the final questions and my answers:
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?
The build up to the battle was really tense, it felt like something big and important was about to happen. I did see the death coming. When two characters are so happy together I always expect something awful to happen. I really thought that something like that needed to happen too. For a big book ending showdown there needs to be some consequences and a real price for winning. It also puts Jean in an interesting position. For a lot of this book he was the one with a clear head while Locke was a little broken. Now that dynamic has changed and Jean is really damaged. I like Jean a lot so I feel bad for him but I do think that this tragedy is going to make him into a more interesting character. It will also add more layers to the ever evolving friendship between Locke and Jean.
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 think that Colvard was just looking out for herself and her ship, which is ultimately what all of these pirate captains are doing. Drakasha really had the odds stacked against her so she sided with Rodanov who seemed to stand the greater chance of success.
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??
No, it’s all quite a mystery. It’s good to have a few loose ends like this left at the end of a book like this. It leaves us with something to think about and when the answers come they will be all the more satisfying because of the wait.
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 think that they’re over confident. They were so wrapped up in their cleaver scheme that they overlooked something really important. I like that they’re flawed in this way it would be boring if every book ended with all of the schemes working out perfectly.
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?
Requin and Selendri were one of the highlights of the book for me. I really felt bad for them as Locke and Jean’s plan was set into motion, after all these two really had done nothing to deserve the treatment they got. Fortunately things worked out for them and it was fun to see how calm Requin was about the whole situation. His attitude here only makes me like him more.
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??
I think that The Lies of Locke Lamora was a better book. The story there just felt more important and the stakes felt higher. In Read Seas Under Red Skies although we are left with loose ends to be picked up on later it still feels like a side adventure. I do think it did a really good job of building on top of the first book. The relationship between Locke and Jean is something that was really well developed in this book. It took what was established in The Lies of Locke Lamora and added more layers to it. I really think that these two characters have a lot more depth to them now which is a sign of a good second book.
Lynch gave us a different type of story this time around. It’s good to see that he’s a writer with more than one type of story in him. He seems to delight in defying expectation. Going forward I think he’ll lead us in an entirely new direction. He seems to be laying the groundwork for a much larger story. He’s taking it slowly and just dropping a few details here and there for us to pick up on. The slow build is fine with me though, i’m enjoying the journey and I look forward to reading Republic of Thieves.
And that’s the end of the read along. Thank you to every one for hosting reading and posting, I’ve had a lot of fun and I’m honestly going to miss this.