The Republic of Thieves – A Read Along (Chapters 1 – 4)

This is my first read along post on this blog and I thought republicofthievesI would start with the book I’m currently reading “The Republic of Thieves – Gentleman Bastard series book 3”. I have read about a third of the book and enjoying it so far. In a previous post I talked briefly about the series which you can find here.

The below contains spoilers therefore if you haven’t read any of the books in this series and plan to, then maybe you should stop right here. I don’t plan to go into too many details, I will only cover the main story line, what happens to the protagonists and my thoughts about it.

The book continues the journey of Locke and Jean in Lathain after their unfortunate events in Tel Verrar in the previous book (Red Seas Under Red Skies). Locke is fighting for his life, or in other words, Jean is fighting for Locke’s life. Locke seems to have given up at this point because he has become very weak due to the the poison he and Jean were forced to consume back in the previous book (which Jean took the antidote and recovered) and all the healers Jean found were unable to heal him. However, things change when they get a visit from a Bondsmage named Patience (who also happens to be Falconer’s mom) who tells them that she has a mission for them in Karthain and promises to heal Locke if they accept. Jean accepted immediately without any reluctance as Locke had and they got on a ship that’ll take them to Karthain, and on the ship Locke was healed using magic. During the trip, Patience showed them her memories of what Falconer did in order to go to Camorr and get the black contract, which I found interesting and I think she did that to show them how she did not approve of what Falconer did so they could trust her more.

Also, Patience explained that the mission is political involving two political parties in the Karthain election and told them that their role will be to fix the election for one of the parties. I reached the point where they found out that their counterpart in the other party is non other than Sabetha, Locke seemed to be very surprised and/or upset about this. It will be interesting to see how this goes since Sabetha knows them very well and I believe can anticipate their tricks and ways of deception since they were taught together with Chains. I hope the author does not go into too many details about politics in general (other than what’s needed in order to understand the story line) as he did with the details of sailing a ship in the previous book, I did not enjoy that part.

As in the first book (The Lies of Locke Lamora), each chapter has an interlude that talks about the time where Locke and the gang were living with Chains, it’s good to read about Calo and Galdo again and get to know Sabetha. So far it seems she’ll be having a significant role in this book. I enjoy the interludes, it gives a good understanding on how the characters grew up and also it sometimes feels like I’m reading another book with the same characters at the same time.

So far I’m wondering about the below:

  1. What happened to Sabetha in the past and why she left the gang?
  2. Why is Sabetha on the other side now?
  3. What will be Locke’s response once he sees Sabetha and why was he upset or surprised when he knew that she’s involved?
  4. We still don’t know what happened to Chains, he hasn’t been in any of the stories except the interludes and I wonder if we’ll know in this book.
  5. I wonder if Falconer will have any role in this book.

What did you think about these chapters?

Latest Book Releases

I thought I’d share a bunch of interesting books in the fantasy and sci-fi genre that have been recently released. I have added links for each book that will take you to their Goodreads profile.

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  • The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Ann Noble. It received the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This books talk about a  sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie and then one day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin.

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  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. This is the 15th book in the Dresden Files series ( I have only read the first one Storm Front so far). It was published in paperback this month.

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  • The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn. This is the first book in the Singularity series and was published in paperback last month. I like the cover of the book and the story line seems very interesting.

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  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson: this is book 2 of the Stormlight Archive series. I have read this one and it will have its own blog post so I won’t say much about it (only that it is awesome!). It was released in mass paperback this month.

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  • A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction by Terry Pratchett. This book is a collection of short fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day.

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From the list, I have read only “The Words of Radiance”. If you have read any of the above books then would love to hear what you thought about them.

Mistborn The Final Empire – A Review

I’m sitting here with a big mug of black tea wanting to talk Mistbornabout the first book I’ve read by the author Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read 8 of his books so far in which some has made my all time favorite book list (which I will be talking about in further posts).

The Final Empire is one of those favorites, I can’t recommend it enough. This book is a great introduction to his marvelous work and writing style and is the first book of the Mistborn series with 4 books published and the 5th coming out this October. I have started to re-read the series again and recently finished this one. I usually don’t re-read books, but reading it a second time didn’t change how much I enjoyed it.

If you read fantasy then you’ve either already read this book, or have a lot of people tell you that you must read it. The author has done an excellent job in building the new world, characters and culture of this book. The magical system is well-defined and easy to follow once you get used to how it’s being used. (I’d have to admit, it will need extra concentration). What I like about his writing style is the fact that he does not go over all the explanations in the beginning of the book but instead gives you the information that you need for the time being, so if you have any questions while reading be sure to know that they’ll be answered as you read along.

I don’t want to spoil the book for those of you who have not read it yet, but in brief the story line involves a group of people who are suppressed under the ruling of a dictator called the Lord Ruler and how they plan an uprising. If you haven’t read it then go and get your self a copy and start reading, this is one of the few books you won’t regret. And if you have read it, then I’d love to hear what you thought, let me know in the comments section.

The Gentleman Bastard Series – A Brief Review

These books, by the author Scott Lynch, are about a group of thieves and their adventures stealing and conning the rich and powerful. It is one of those series that you either love or hate (I noticed from the various reviews I have read). I’m one of those who love it for many reasons:

  • The story line is entertaining and very intriguing. I like a book that keeps me wanting to know what happens next.
  • The world building, the author did a great job building a new world and culture. The way the city is governed and designed I thought was awesome.
  • The characters, each one has its own characteristics that make him or her interesting. The main protagonist Locke Lamora is my favorite. He is witty and smart even though he is a thief.

The first book in the series is The Lies of Locke Lamora (as seen in the imalockege).  The series should be 7 books in total while 3 are already published and the fourth coming out this October (yay!).

I will talk in more details about each book I have read in further posts. I am currently reading book 3 in the series called The Republic of Thieves. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend you do.

Books and Tea

Hi everyone! I have been wanting to start a book blog for quite some time now. Finally, I got this blog up and running!

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From the title it’s all about books and tea. I love reading.. my favorite genre is Fantasy, books like Mistborn, The Lies of Locke Lamora and Alice in Wonderland. I do read other genres sometimes Sci-Fi, Autobiographies and Mysteries. I’ll be talking about these books and others I have read and plan to read in coming posts and hope you’ll enjoy what I have to say.

Where does tea come in all this, well the best settings I like to read in is a comfortable chair, and a cup of tea. I drink black tea that can be plain or with other flavors.

Sit back and enjoy the ride and looking forward to all your comments and feedback.