The Republic of Thieves

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The Republic of Thieves
The Republic of Thieves
Author Scott Lynch
Translator 1
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Gollancz (UK); Del Rey Books (USA) [2]
Publication date
October 8, 2013[1]
Pages 650 pp (Hardcover) [3]
ISBN 0553804693 (ISBN13: 9780553804690) [4]
Preceded by Red Seas Under Red Skies
Followed by The Thorn of Emberlain

The Republic of Thieves is the third novel in Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series. It details the continuing adventures of Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen, as well as Sabetha, Locke's previously absent love interest. The Republic of Thieves was released on October 8 in the US and October 10th in the UK & Commonwealth. It is published by Random House and Orion.

Synopsis[edit]

The book begins with the first meeting of Locke and Sabetha, the woman that he has been in love with throughout the series but has not been introduced until this book. Sabetha and Locke meet when they are still part of the child thief gang and she's charged with guiding him.

After this flashback, the scene shifts to the fallout from Red Seas Under Red Skies where Locke is dying and Jean is charged with helping him. Patience, of the Bondsmagi appears and offers the pair a deal. They can work with her faction of the Bondsmagi in order to rig elections in exchange for money and Locke's life. The catch is the fact that Sabetha is working for the other side.

From this point, the book switches between flashbacks concerning Locke and Sabetha learning from Father Chains and the present games between Sabetha and Locke.

Plot Summary[edit]

The book begins with the first meeting of Locke and Sabetha, the woman that he has been in love with throughout the series but has not been introduced until this book. Sabetha and Locke meet when they are still part of the Shade's Hill gang under the Thiefmaker and she's charged with making sure him and two other troublemakers do not get caught. After this, Locke falls for her but doesn't get to see her often. He stays awake at night looking for her. One day, Locke returns to Shade's Hill to hear from the older children that Sabetha has drowned and he will never see her again.

After this flashback, the scene shifts to the fallout from Red Seas Under Red Skies where Locke is dying and Jean is working to save his life. Jean brings each Physiker, or doctor, to Locke in hopes that they can save him. Jean kidnaps a physiker who has been unwilling to help. He is unable to help, but Locke and Jean soon have a party of thieves beating them due to kidnapping the physiker. Patience, of the Bondsmagi, appears after they have been beaten and offers the pair a deal. They can work with her faction of the Bondsmagi in order to rig elections, in favor of the Deep Roots Party, in exchange for money and Locke's life. They agree only to learn that Sabetha is working for the other side, the Black Iris party, and has been there a few days.

After agreeing, the Bondsmagi carry Locke to the ship to Karthain while Jean walks. Once aboard, they bring Locke to a special room where they will perform the healing. During the healing, Locke sees his dead associate, Bug, with blackened eyes warning him. The ceremony is finally complete and Locke is alive and hungry. The Bondsmagi are all extremely tired from helping.

When they arrive in Karthain, they play a number of childish pranks back and forth. Locke is tricked by Sabetha and him and Jean awaken on a luxurious boat. Locke and Jean barely escape this boat by cutting off a small boat and escaping to shore. After a multiple day journey back to the Karthain, Locke and Sabetha make a truce for the safety of themselves and Jean to prevent issues and ensure a good show for the Bondsmagi. The elections continue and near the end Patience explains to Locke and Sabetha that Locke may be an ancient Bondsmagi who successfully moved from one body to the body of a child. The cost of this was the plague mentioned in previous books. The final election result is 10 – 9 in favor of the Black Iris party. One of Locke's schemes plays out and a key Black Iris member changes his position to neutral making the final result 9 – 9 – 1.

Locke, Jean and Sabetha escape Karthain. Locke awakes in the night to find Patience there and Sabetha gone. Patience explains that Locke may or may not be the magi but she won't tell him. Sabetha has left after learning about this. Jean appears and Locke tells him he will respect Sabetha's wish for space and will only go after her if she would wish it.

The epilogue gives a story about the Falconer and his journey regaining power. The epilogue ends with the Falconer killing his mother, Patience.

Background[edit]

This is the third book in the Gentlemen Bastards series and it took the longest to write. Between the last book and this one, Scott Lynch was diagnosed with depression and got divorced [5] which colors much of the interaction between Locke and Sabetha.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Republic of Thieves". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Republic of Thieves". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Republic of Thieves". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Republic of Thieves". Goodreads. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/10/geeks-guide-scott-lynch/