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4.0975 out of 54.0975 out of 54.0975 out of 54.0975 out of 54.0975 out of 5 4.10 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Lynch Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gentleman Bastard Series Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400180523
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After a vicious struggle against the underworld that almost annihilated him, Locke Lamora and his trusted companion Jean were forced to flee their island home and stopped on the foreign coast of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this most remote western edge of the civilized world, they cannot stand still for long—soon they are back to practicing their craft: robbing the unworthy rich to line their own pockets.

This time, they have set their sights on the very greatest target: the world's most opulent and fortified casino, known as the Sinspire. The richest clientele in the land are drawn to the nine floors of the gambling house. To reach the top, they must impress with witty manners, good credit, and expert play. For at the Sinspire, one cardinal rule is enforced by ruthless housemaster Requin: to cheat is death. With impudent determination, the duo orchestrate a complex plot to deceive, fool and con their way through the nine floors…right to Requin's brimming vault.

But someone from their past has discovered Locke and Jean's plan...someone who is in Tal Varrar, and aims to force the brazen thieves to pay for their crimes. Now they must summon all of their cunning and resolve if they are to escape destruction. And even that might be too little.

Author Scott Lynch has been a freelance writer for several role playing games, as well as a waiter, marketing writer, dishwasher, and cook. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was born in 1978.

After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long—and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves. This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele—and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior…and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house's cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire. Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors…straight to Requin's teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb—until they are closer to the spoils than ever. But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo's secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fast-paced, colorful, funny.... This novel is a virtuoso performance. Booklist Starred Review
  • “A bright new voice in the fantasy genre.”

    George R. R. Martin, praise for the author

  • “Lynch hasn’t merely imagined a far-off world, he’s created it, put it all down on paper—the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent…No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization.”

    Locus

  • “The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be.”

    SFX

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 2/18/2014

    " really good for book 2-looking to see how it all ends up in book 3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/4/2014

    " Very good, though not as engaging as Lies of Locke Lamora. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomi | 1/15/2014

    " A continution of The Lies of Locke Lamora. I like the characters and now they're pirates! Arrr! The only way to improve an interesting character. Fun, good twists and hardly any romance. Yeah! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Mclelland | 1/14/2014

    " I can't decide if I liked this book as much as the first in the series or not. It was excellent, but I didn't have the emotional connection this time around. That being said I enjoyed the book and will continue on when the third installment in the trilogy comes out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thimbleberry | 1/2/2014

    " Most Amazing! I really love this guy! Can I use any more exclamations???? This continues right after 'Lies of Locke Lamore' and is just as good, but this time there are pirates! Ok, just go read them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geary | 12/28/2013

    " Different from, but every bit as good as, the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Teng | 12/11/2013

    " Oh my god that ending??? This is a most terrible cliffhanger, Joanna how do you stand it? lmfao so invested in the welfare of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/9/2013

    " God, this series is just so damn satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Goettl | 1/16/2013

    " One up'ed himself. An excellent continuation of the series. Can't wait for the next. More twists and turns than the last and totally sets up a continuation of plots that you can see three or four books coming. Looking forward to a long series here, it will be worth the wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lane | 9/28/2012

    " Good pulpy fantasy crime/pirate stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desinka | 2/2/2012

    " 4.5 stars because the first half of the book was rather slow and uneventful. AS for the rest of the book, I loved the pirate part a lot as well as the insights into Locke and Jean's friendship. The secondary characters were interesting, and the story kept me on edge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 11/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this book as much as Locke Lamora, the first in this series. This is a long book and I was happy to have it on my 13 hour delay with 3 broken USAirways planes in a row last week in Philly Airport! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 5/24/2011

    " Lynch's followup is not as good as his first. The plot is equally interesting but takes far longer to develop. Much of the book is extraneous detail and not as lovingly written as a Rothfuss or a Martin. Still, the exploits of the Gentlemen Basterds continue to entertain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane_doh | 5/12/2011

    " Wow! I want more now. That was a swashbuckling good time. Also, I love me some Jean and Locke. They really are a dynamic duo. C'mon Scott Lynch, get the next book done already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 5/5/2011

    " Just as good, if not better than the first (though only because of the first) - even reading the first pages, I HAD to know where it was going. This book kept me so enthralled with the story the entire time - I cannot wait for the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aboli | 4/24/2011

    " Almost as good as "The lies of Locke Lamorra". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/15/2011

    " Not for the kiddies.. its got some swearing in it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 3/30/2011

    " This is fun, but it feels like two novels jammed into one envelope. It's good, but not as good as the Lies of Locke Lamora, and suffers from extremely poor plot editing. However, it is a fantasy pirate novel with exploration and heists. Woo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 3/30/2011

    " A decent sequel to The Lies Of Locke Lamora. Doesn't deliver on every point the previous one does, mainly because of the long pirate aside in the middle. If you like pirates though, go for it. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch is a writer of fantasy novels. He has also worked as a freelance writer, dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager, and prep cook. He lives in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.