In One Word

In One Word, Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch is…

red seas

  • First published in 2007 by Bantum Spectra
  • Format: Audiobook
    • Narrator: Michael Page
    • Listening speed: 1x (because I loved it and wanted to take my time over this) then 1.25x (because I didn’t have any time)
  • Listening time: 25 swashbuckling days (I was listening on and off because, with the conquest of car sickness, I was able to read lots more physical books and my audiobooks have been neglected somewhat. Which was a shame because I really loved listening to this.


  • Perched on the verge of finishing the Fantasy segment of Annemieke’s Dancing with Sci Fi and Fantasy challenge and I am very exited to get back in touch with Locke Lamora. It’s been ages since I’ve read The Lies of Locke Lamora and I’ve only heard good things about this book so far. I only hope I can get back up to speed with everything.
  • Offering not a lot in the way of recap but we don’t really need it. This books stands up by itself and I don’t think you will need to have read The Lies of Locke Lamora before reading this. Though, of course, you definitely should!
  • Locke and Jean’s friendship was given a lot of focus and their banter is some of the funniest in the book, as well as the most heartwarming. Neither of them would last a week without the other and, no matter how dire the situation, we can rest assured that they will find their way out of it and do what’s best for each other. Even if the other doesn’t like it, as shown in the Reminiscences.
  • Incredible world building as ever and I can tell the author has done their research about ships. I particularly like all the superstitions (especially the necessity for cats and at least one female officer) and rituals to Yono for a safe voyage. From the decadent gambling tables of the Sin Spire to the dangerous streets of Port Prodigal, the author gives us a vivid and sometimes unflattering picture of every setting.
  • Stellar cast of characters. They are all very memorable and the author always has time to give them some development but my favourites have got to be Captain Drakasha and Ezri. They’re both tough, powerful women that you’d never want to be on the wrong side of but get on their good side and they’ll be invaluable allies. The book also does a good job of showing their softer side without diminishing their power or making them look weak at all. Selendri is a really interesting character too. Good show with the female characters all round.
  • However much I love this, I must admit that the plot got a tiny bit slow around the middle, just before the two went out to sea. The plot was, well, a bit all at sea when they sailed, though it was still enjoyable. I was a bit puzzled as to how they were going to pull it all together, especially with all the setbacks and treacheries they were facing. Locke and Jean got me through all the slow parts, however. Another example of how great characters can make up for story weaknesses.
  • Ending, once again, by showing us how all the pieces laid out earlier fit together in Locke’s grand scheme at just the right moment and how Locke had prepared for almost every eventuality. This is why I love you, Locke. Not a single thing is forgotten. I have to admire an author who can remember to bring every little thing together at the end.
  • Doesn’t resist throwing one more curveball our way. It shocked me with both the narrative twist and how sweet these two can be when they put their minds to it.

Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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6 thoughts on “In One Word, Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch is…”

  1. I’m happy to see that you loved this book! 😀 I completely agree that the plot was rather slow during the time before they went to the sea – which is why I gave the book 4.5 starts. 🙂 The Lies of Locke Lamora is such a wonderful fantasy series. I can’t wait to start reading Republic of Thieves!

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