Red Seas Under Red Skies Part III

LynchRedSeasUnderRedSkiesWelcome everyone to the read along of Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastard series. Anyone is welcome to join us over at our GoodReads Group! Check out the info at the end of the post.

This week’s hosted by The Illustrated Page. We’re covering the first section noted below, so beware of spoilers if you have not read that far. I’m doing the audiobook version (which is awesome) but I apologize now for any misspellings of names and such. This is actually my second read along of the book. Yep, I like it that much! Sorry for posting late – medical shit.

1) Locke risked his entire role as Ravelle by giving the dead sailors the blessing of the Thirteenth. How much of his conscience do you think is tied up in his priesthood?

We definitely see him taking his priestly duties more seriously in this book. I’m guessing that’s related to him losing his little family – Bug, Calo, and Galdo. My guess is that he is still figuring it out. After all, he hasn’t quite been in these positions prior to the Grey King – where folks have so much control over him. He can’t protect everyone and even idiot thieves need someone to bless the corpse.

2) Stragos’s plan to set Locke up as a pirate captain has gone disastrously wrong. Do you think there’s any chance of Locke getting the plan back on track?

Ha! OK, this is a reread for me so I recall much of what happens. I think we all saw that this plan had many, many holes in it and having their trainer and secret captain die, well, that just sunk them there. Hopefully Locke’s old crew will forgive him soon and stop trying to kill him. The new pirates seem very with it and logical in that they seek profit with minimal blood shed. I recall that when I first read this, I really really wanted Locke to convince the captain to swing by that rich city with the human tournaments and sack the rich.

3) What do you think of the Poison Orchid? Any opinions on Ezri Delmastro or Zamira Drakasha? Have they been all that you’ve expected of pirates?

Locke and Jean needed a good solid example of a well run pirate ship and now they have one. 😉 I’m impressed with Ezri and Zamira. They have a solid friendship and their crew is use to how things are run. They also have plans and contingency plans for several situations. They know exactly what to do with Locke and Jean (put them on scrub duty) to minimize the murder attempts from their former crew. I also liked the smoke barrels to lure well-meaning merchants in. And it’s very cool that they aren’t blood thirsty. Zamira’s kids are terribly cute and I expect they have already see a man walk the crap lines an put a bit of brown on the blue.

4) The ending of this section has a rift growing between Locke and Jean. Any ideas as to the cause and to the end result?

Ever since losingg Bug, Calo, and Galdo, Jean and Locke have been pretty close. With Locke’s injuries and his extensive pity party, Jean had to be a big mother hen to him. So Locke has had all this loyalty and attention from his friend and now some of that is split over to Ezri. I think Jean deserves a bit of time to explore the feminine wiles, especially since Locke is holding his own. Though I will admit that the whole Jeremite Jam in the hold was a bit of a fluke and Locke was lucky.

Basically, Locke needs to get over himself and admit that he can be rather smothering as a friend. Jean deserves some time for his own life. We’ve seen Locke admit he was wrong before, but it took some extremes to pound that through his thick skull.

5) Finally, any further thoughts on who Merrian is working for?

Hmm.. So obviously there’s someone screwing someone over. The Archon made it clear to Locke and Jean that they weren’t to harm any of the guards… but was that a show? If he ordered Merrian to do the dirty deed, he can then blame it on Locke and Jean and have them executed with the other pirates when he catches them and claims his heroic victory.

Other Tidbits:

I had totally forgotten about the Jeremite believers! How could I forget them!

Locke and his fancy deck of cards! Hmm… Interesting that it turns into something else when alcohol is spilled on it.

I love Ezri and Jean discussing ways for a smaller, lighter opponent to take down a larger opponent.

Info on the Read Along

Here’s the schedule:

5th May Chapters 1-3 hosted at x+1
12th May Chapters 4-6 hosted at x+1
19th May Chapters 7-10 hosted at The Illustrated Page
26th May Chapters 11-13 hosted at x+1
2nd Jun Book 3 & Epilogue hosted at x+1

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