The Republic of Thieves

Lynch, Scott

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Republic of Thieves
With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped. Now Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. 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. Sabetha, a woman from Locke's past reappears, and Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha or woo her--and it is a decision on which both their lives may depend.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780553804690
Branch Call Number: FICTION LYNCH 2013
Characteristics: 650 pages :,map ;,25 cm


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With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped. Now Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure.

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Jan 15, 2015
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Orphan child raised to thievery in the streets, check. Big bruiser buddy for badinage, check. (Ala Fafnir and the Grey Mouser,) Female romantic interest who alternates "Come here" with "Go away" signals for young hero, check. Story flashing back and forth between two timelines, check. Still, it's well enough done and the characters are skillfully sketched. Foreshadowings of each dramatic change appear. Admittedly, I jumped in the middle of this series, but I didn't get lost, although I am not a fan of dueling plots from different times. Our heroes are more con artists than thieves and their ability to conjure success from immanent defeat is entertaining if you don't look too closely.

Mar 17, 2014
  • hindins rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found it hard to enjoy this story as much as the first two - which I loved. While it was great to get the back-story and to finally meet Sabetha it meant basically telling two separate adventures in the one book and I think that as a result neither of them had the level of intricacy or depth that the previous stories had. Also an entire chapter at the end is given to setting up the next book or series and I also think that that was unnecessary - it would have been better to make it the prologue to the next book.

So in the end, still a good read and nice to find out about Sabetha but not as satisfying as the first two books.

Feb 03, 2014
  • humbleworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The primary intent of this 3rd book is character development. It fills in gaps and extends the story of characters lost or only hinted at in the 1st novel. As such, the essence of the primary plot could be boiled down to a few sentences and it is clearly setup for a 4th. I enjoyed it nevertheless and read it in a day.

Jan 06, 2014
  • Acteon rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I loved the first two books, but coulnd't enjoy this one. Instead of regailing us with the details awesome stunts pulled by Locke and the GB, we only get references to what they did or comments after the fact, and his relationship with Sabetha is just one argument after another. I don't think these books need more romance, but something more of their adventures together that shows why they like each other in the first place would have been nice. I hope that the fourth book gives Sabetha more range, as I think she is an interesting character when we hear of her exploits, but the back and forth between her and Locke was too drawn out. I understand that their relationship is supposed to be tumultuous, but I was hoping for more action, rather than the same argument back and forth for so many pages.

Dec 16, 2013
  • alexnies rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved the first two but this one just fell flat. It was enjoyable to catch up with Locke and Jean but after reading it I feel as if this book is simply setting up book 4.

Dec 05, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh the trickery! So clever! Part of the reason I've been looking forward to this series is: 1. I love my rogues! I mean George Cooper anyone? Not to mention of course Han Solo, or Aladdin, or...my list could go on. If you're a rogue in a story I'm guaranteed to love you. 2. I love clever twists and tricks! And this book is CHOCK FULL of them! Seriously they are THE BEST. The dual storylines were awesome. I think they are a big part of the reason I didn't notice I was reading the third book. They were artfully done and it was like reading two books at the same time (in a good way). The past didn't impact the future event-wise, it was more like a revealing of character development, which I liked very much. So to sum up, everything about this book is amazing: fantastic character development - even from coming to this book 2 books late, lots of action and adventure, clever twists and turns, witty dialogue. IT HAS IT ALL. Now onto what I really want to talk about. Ummm can I have Locke Lamora in my life? So basically this series is the best thing ever. .GO READ THIS BOOK! (Or series if you haven't started it, because lets be real if you started this series you were probably hitting people with baseball bats to get your own copy) For the full review head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

Nov 18, 2013
  • pianism12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Why u take so long?!


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Feb 03, 2014
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