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The Republic of Thieves- Read Along Part II

Welcome back everyone the questions are now caught up to where I am in the

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book! I was ahead last week so I need to start reading to be prepared for next week!  This book is so exciting and I am glad I can share this with everyone!

At the Point we are about six chapters and about five interludes into the book and quite a bit has happened. Locke has been healed by a Bondmagi in return to help rig an election that their city Karthain holds every five years. This Election is held by the none “gifted” people of the city but has importance in the Bondsmagi community. Locke and Jean are going to have their hands full!. This part of the book starts with how Locke was healed.
– Blood And Breath And Water: Patience tells Locke that the ritual to save him is serious business. She wasn’t kidding… What did you make of this scene, and do you think any of it might (perhaps literally) come back to haunt Locke?
This scene was really interesting, I knew from the lead up that Locke would be in a lot of pain and probably pass out but Jean had the same effect too to an extent. The way they use the quicksilver threading to perform their magic is really neat and unique. I hope we get to learn more on the difference ways it is used. What Locke saw during the procedure was very intense. It may be that he was just hallucinating because of the magic and the pain but it could have to do with the fact that he is a priest of the Crooked Warden and may have connection with spirits or I could be looking to much into it. Either way it will an affect on Locke throughout the rest of his visit in Karthain.
–Orphan’s Moon: Back to the childhood of the Gentlemen Bastards, and here we get another ritual, this one in service to the Nameless Thirteenth. It looks as though it might be Locke vs. Sabetha, round two – but this time Locke seems to be a little slow on that uptake… Who do you think deserves to be given the final oath? Locke or Sabetha?
Its getting clearer that Sabetha is the better organized, thoughtful, and strategist of the two, but Locke is just a Natural. She tries so damn hard to be good and has great skills. Things just come to Locke and I bet that has to be really frustrating for her. She really wants to become a priest and Locke is just for no cognitive reason decides to stay standing, I’m not even sure he knows why he stayed.  Locke is favored by the gods and one in particular, hence being chosen into his service.
–Across The Amathel: This chapter takes a breather for quite a bit of Eldren history, while Locke starts recovering. What do you think of the history lesson, and Patience’s ominous speculation regarding the Eldren? Is this something you’d like to know more about?
I loved this chapter, learning about how the world is built is very fascinating. We didn’t learn anything new about the Eldren that we already didn’t know besides the fact the the Bondsmagi are very skeptical of them and how they disappeared. They know they are the most powerful force known to the world and they know the Eldren did things they cannot do, and just that fact in itself maybe scares them a bit. Which is good and keeps them in check and not power hungry. I hope we learn more about the Eldren and maybe some connection between them and the present.
–Striking Sparks: The gang’s off to Espara, after a bad summer and a pretty thorough dressing-down from Chains, and we finally get to the source of the book’s title – they’re bound for the stage! What are your thoughts on this latest ‘challenge’ and the reasons for it?
We jump ahead a few years and all the Little Gentleman’s Bastards and not so little anymore and are getting kind of bored and very hormonal. This is a great idea for Chains and a great lesson for the crew. They are getting antsy and the Sanzas are fine with being common thieves which is not what chains has been training them to be. His kids are meant for greatness and this will be a great bonding moment and test for all of them. If he didn’t do this many of the Bastards might of lost focus and drifted off. I love theatre! Cannot wait.
–The Five-Year Game: Starting Position: The election gets underway with a party (as you do) and before it’s even over, the Deep Roots party has problems – and not just thanks to Sabetha. What do you make of Nikoros and his unfortunate habit?
Sabetha got them started with a bang, crashing the party like that! Cant wait to see how Locke rebuts, he has something in mind at the end of the chapter. As for Nikoros’ habit, this could also be Sabetha, how long has he been doing this if the time matches up she could of got him hooked just so she could us him and hamper Jean and Locke. Or it could be something simple and Jean and Locke need to correct it or find someone who will have their wits about them always!
–Bastards Abroad: The gang arrives in Espara, and already they’ve got problems (nicely mirroring the Five Year Game!)… This aside, we’ve also seen some more of what seems to be eating at Sabetha. Do you sympathise with her, or is Locke right to be frustrated with her?
The end of the scene when they meet the players seems like things will be interesting but okay, NOT. Wonder how they will get out of this situation.
As for Locke and Sabetha, this seems to be some of my favorite moments so far. The interaction between the two characters directly. The two of them having some really frank yet flirty conversations is great. I do sympathize with her. Like i was saying earlier she tries so hard and is really honed her skills but to Locke it just comes to him. Even after their conversation Locke still took over with the Sanzas not even realizing it till after he told them what to do.  Eventually they may come to some kind of compromise as their relationship gets stronger and more romantic but this may be what lead her to leave eventually in the future. If they become a romantic partner and he is still bossing her around during heists and such and not treating her as an equal..Problem….
EXTRA: One part I found very ominous was the part in the vault when the Bondsmagi appeared. Man those guys are freaky and this is really going to get to Locke and make him want to do something to mess with them, to let them know they cannot control his life, which may lead to some problems in the future!
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15 responses

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  3. Locke is definitely a natural. Probably why he plans so little, he’s so good at getting himself out of sticky situations. Then again, he’s also very good at getting himself into them in the first place…

    November 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

    • Ya, I mean he does plan a lot of things out before hand, for example the offering gift, all that planning just for a few coins. Then there are times like before the party when he met Josten, he just gave him all these things to do right off his head. Cant wait for more.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      • It’s a little bit ironic that Locke will plan so much for a few coins and yet when it comes to bigger decisions like the Priesthood he doesn’t give it a second thought!
        Lynn 😀

        November 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      • That’s Locke for ya! That is why we love this book.

        November 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

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  6. I thought the scene with the removal of poison was brilliantly written. The way the magic was used and the quicksilver was really unique and I liked that Lynch didn’t just fob the whole thing off with a quick bit of magic by Patience.
    I do feel sorry for Sabetha. LIke you say she does work hard for everything and so to a certain extent you can’t help wishing that she was more successful. But that’s life really.
    Yeah, good point about the Eldren and the lack of knowledge about them keeping the Bondsmagi in check.
    Yes, can’t wait for the theatre!
    Lynn 😀

    November 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  7. ooh, I really liked that you connected Locke’s vision of Bug with the Crooken Warden. that’s not something I thought about, and now that i am thinking about it. . . it’s really cool! completely and utterly creepy, but cool.

    The bondsmagi have got to have more info about the Eldren, right? Wouldn’t you like to break into their library! if only Locke was the kind of guy who did break into libraries. as it is, i don’t think he’s a bookish guy. 😦

    If you love theater, you are going to absolutely LOVE the second half of this book! Lynch has way, way too much fun writing the Espara scenes.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:43 am

  8. I pretty much agree with your reading of the power dynamics between Sabetha and Locke in Orphan’s Moon. I’m coming around to the idea that Locke may be some kind of chosen one.

    November 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  9. I too loved learning more about the Eldren. It is a great mark for Lynch in his world-building skills. This is a race long since gone, but with so much mystery, and practical applications, left behind that the present civilizations cannot but be shaped by them.

    It hadn’t even occurred to me that Sabetha or the opposition got Nikoros hooked on whatever druggy dust he’s snorting. Definitely something to contemplate.

    I am so glad you brought up the Bondsmage in the vault. That freaky dude told Locke not to tell Jean. Well, is Locke going to tell Jean? If Locke doesn’t, he is making a big stupid mistake. And do Locke and Jean really need yet another warning about how their asses are owned by Patience? And speaking of Patience, the vault Bondsmage also said not to bother her with their little chat. So then I have to wonder if this guy is even from her side? I am starting to think that multiple Bondsmagi are messing with Locke and Jean….again.

    November 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    • I think that particular Bondsmagi was one of Falconers friends wanting to bully Locke a bit. They can’t harm him to much but they obviously can mess with them subtlety.

      November 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

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