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The Republic of Thieves: Read Along Part IV

Edward Miler cover art

Edward Miler cover art

Welcome Back to the fourth week of our wonderful read along. This week we read quite a bit, Chapter eight through chapter ten. These questions were brought to us by the Little Red Reviewer. This part of the book is all leading up to the big finally happening next week and there are some big reveals and turns that leaves you wanting to finish the book!

Before we start BIG SPOILERS LERK BELOW!!!

Also here are the last three weeks if you just joined me.




Here we go…

1. We finally know why Sabetha dies her hair, and that’s so disturbing even the Thiefmaker under Shade’s Hill was disgusted by it. Too dark for this world? Or just right?

This was a bit of a graphic explanation but I think it fits. It had to be more that just a fetish or rarity. Something that Extreme makes it dramatic enough for everyone to sympathize for Sabetha’s extreme reaction to Locke bringing it up. Before it seemed she was being a bit crazy snapping at Locke like that and gave an ugly taste for Sabetha’s character. After finding out why it makes much more sense.


2. The “Asino” brothers are drunken idiots, but they’re not blind. What did you think of the little rendezvous they helped arrange for Sabetha and Locke?

Those sneaky bastards are great. They haven’t been given much so far in the story and for them to finally bring the two together after what must of been obvious annoyance by both Locke and Sabetha that Boulidazi was interfering with their hopes of being alone. However drugging Boulidazi obviously was not the best way, should of used something stronger twins.

As for the rendezvous itself it was funny how they were in such tight quarters and for the first time expressing their feelings physically. Not as graceful as they talk. Love Lockes reaction afterward. “That was the act that turned the whole world on its ear, that make men and women crazy, that bedeviled his dreams,”.. Poor lad and then he Apologizes to Sabetha, like she knows any different. Locke seems to Apologize to her a lot, almost every scene those two are in alone together.


3. Locke managed to get everyone out of the Boulidazi mess we discussed last week . . . what do you think of this latest  Boulidazi complication?

As I figured Sabetha and Locked brushed off Boulidazi’s accusations very quick. As for what happened after the was drugged and walked himself into Jenora’s room…WOW! Things just seem to keep piling up in the plot. Now they not only have to make his death seem like an accident which seems to be the easy part, but to get the money! Now they have to come up with some thieving plot to get everyone their far share of coins.


And back to Karthain (I’m jumping around in time here, leaving the most important bits for last)

 4.Time is flying, and the election is getting closer. Desperation calls for cheap tricks. I think my favorite so far is Sabetha’s special roof guards. What’s your favorite election dirty trick so far?

I have to agree with you on this trick. The reaction it got from Jean was hilarious. The old women threatening him, what is he going to do, beat up an old lady.  I also liked the snake trick and Sabetha’s rebuttal after their date. That must of been a horrible ride back home for Locke.

 5.There’s a mole in the Deep Roots. Was that person’s identity a surprise to you? And how did you like Locke’s method of identifying the person?

From the beginning I knew that Nikoros’ addiction would complicate Locke and Jean’s game but the way Sabetha black mailed him was a small surprise. She seems to be all over the boys. Getting their closest ally to turn cloak ensured she was always one step ahead of them for quite some time. They time it took for Locke to figure out who he was already ruined plenty of his plans. As for the way Locke found out was perfect. That is how it has to be done, asking each suspect something secret to weed out the rats. Locke could use this to his advantage too, send some miss direction Sabetha’s way.

6.What’s so important about this Lovaris fellow? The election is right around the corner, so why introduce someone new so late in the game? 

Honestly I am not so sure what they have planned for this guy. It has to be big enough to swing the election in Deep Roots favor if this person can do whatever Locke has planned for him. I was hoping to find some answers with what everyone else thought of him.

7. It’s so nice that Locke and Sabetha can finally have some nice, normal dinner dates. He even cooks her dinner! But that sneaky Patience, always interrupting everything! Finally, she promises some answers. that’s nice. what, Locke is WHO? Locke is a WHAT? How much of it do you believe?

This has to be the biggest shock of the book. The theory of Patience being Locke’s mother almost happened, even Locke thought it was going to happen.  However what Patience told Locke was such a bigger shock that no one could of even imagined. I have to find out more of his past explained, what else is she going to tell him after the games. Was this magi’s wife a red haired women and that is why Locke is so fixated with Sabetha? How much of this mans spirit has effected Locke’s life? How does this make Locke so special if he can not access this persons spirit. Are their spirits fused somehow or is it just him incarnate. This puts such a spiritual aspect into the book that I hope it expands even more especially with the vision of Bug and now this.

Locke’s Lies have gotten him into some trouble with everyone even Sabetha. Again Sabetha’s reaction was a bit extreme, I was really hoping for her to support Locke with this news but she recoiled and left. I hope after Locke’s letter that she realized this.


I think the Intersect should be brought into conversation. I knew it was Coldmarrow being the turn cloak but they are so cryptic, what do think they plan on doing after the election? What can the Gentleman Bastards do to defend themselves from the Bondmagi interference? If they didn’t have it out for Locke enough before, now they must be obsessed with finding out how someones spirit is now inside him! WHAT!?

Here are some of the other Discussions going on.

Little Red Reviewer

Over the Effing Rainbow

Dab of Darkness

Tethyan Books

Lynn’s Book Blog

All I am – A Redhead

Genkinahito’s Blog

Theft and Sorcery


14 responses

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  3. tethyanbooks

    I’m really curious to see what misinformation Locke will feed Nikoros now. I hope it’s something clever. For a minute, in the book, I thought Patience was going to be his mother! But why is she the only person he remembers from his previous life? Locke’s going to have a hard time getting away from the Bondsmagi, now that they all know.

    November 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

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  5. The whole Locke revelation just makes your head buzz with the possibilities. 🙂 If it’s really him, and is the Sabetha his reincarnated wife as he seems to love only her and no one else . Not even a hint of anyone else. I don’t think we’re going to go that way and I certainly hope we get a bit more explained by the end of the book because if we have to wait for the next one to get something more, I might kill someone (or seriously injure). 😉
    This book is definitely making me blood-thirsty…

    November 19, 2013 at 8:44 am

    • Oh for sure Lynch is going to tease us tease us for the next book. I just hope we get some answers before we have to wait another 3 years for next book. Sabetha’s past is really starting to interest me. The theory of Sabetha being reincarnate is kinda crazy If the those two found that out they would freak out!

      November 20, 2013 at 1:34 am

  6. I don’t really understand, if Locke is this Bondsmagi but it’s all repressed, all memory gone, no magical knowledge – then surely what different does it make. He’s basically Locke. I mean, how does this Bondsmagi become free – does Locke have to die and then the soul be transferred again? I don’t get the point of saying he’s found a way to beat death if the way to do it is to be somebody else completely! Sorry, I’m just rambling.
    Yeah, and maybe there is a big reveal for Sabetha! Hahah.
    Lynn 😀

    November 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    • So many questions that need to be answered! I don’t think this will be the last we will see of the bonds magi after this book.

      November 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      • Man, I hope not! I want more Eldren, more Bondsmagi!

        November 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  7. I guess the twins or Sabetha couldn’t have simply drugged Boulidazi into unconsciousness with his manservant there to knock heads in if he felt his master was threatened in any way.

    Yes, Patience really did set Locke’s and Sabetha’s evening plans on end, didn’t she? I definitely need to KNOW more, not just guess, and not just Patience – but have the info come from a dependable source. Even if Locke’s soul is some reincarnated mage, Locke is still Locke to some extent because of all the experiences he has lived as simple Locke.

    November 20, 2013 at 12:25 am

    • I like the Twins part in the story I hope they get some more use before the end of the story.
      I am so curious on the what the magi have planned for locke after the election!

      November 20, 2013 at 1:39 am

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  9. I loved how Lynch shot down the theory of Patience being Locke’s mother by having Locke say it! I was laughing so hard at the dialogue!

    I think Patience explained he has no access to his former power so he’s basically a new guy but I bet Patience will be proven wrong at some point…

    November 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

  10. you know, I just realized. the title of the first book: the LIES of Locke Lamora. more lies than we, or he, even realized. the kid’s whole life might have been a lie.

    I don’t think Patience is telling Locke the entire truth. What I would give to spend a week in a Bondsmagi library!

    November 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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