Red Seas Under Red Skies Part IV

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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 x+1. 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) We get to know the crew of the Poison Orchid – and get a glimpse of other crews ashore in Port Prodigal. What do you think of the pirates? Any particular favourites?

They’re a pretty rough crew but they also have a set of rules. I expect the punishments for stepping outside those rules are also pretty rough. I really like how the Poison Orchid is run. There is now spin on what they are, no romanticizing what they do. True Drakasha likes a little bit of theater (like making the scrubs real crew), but she doesn’t sugar coat what she expects out of them and they always have an option even if that option is a tough one.

There’s some real camaraderie among the pirates on the island, though I think  you have to weed out those that only use it to an advantage. Hugs are exchanged carefully due to all the weapons each person carries. I find that touching.

2) Strange things happen at sea. How did you find the Parlour Passage?

That’s just plain spooky. I can see why Drakasha puts her kids down for a nap for that. I wonder if the Eldren glass is tied to the magic that the Bondsmagi have, like perhaps a handful  of folks learned how to access that power ages ago and built this Bondsmagi society upon that knowledge.

3) Rodanov has a double-agent aboard Drakasha’s ship. Any idea what Utgar’s orders might be?

Ah, well, I remember quite well where that goes from reading this before. So I’ll just restate the obvious – Utgar has something that can cause havoc for Drakasha and her ship. I want to scream at Locke of Jean to catch on to his duplicity but they do have their hands full, don’t they? I mean they are surrounded by duplicitous people,  are upholding several  schemes themselves, and fighting off mortal peril all at once. So I guess I can forgive them for not keying into the fact that something is off about Utgar.

4) We end up where we started – back on the docks with a crossbow stand-off. Now you know how we got here, do you have any change of heart on where Jean stands?

I didn’t doubt Jean the first time I read this book and I recall how this sorts out. Still, it’s very intense and I love rereading this part anticipating what will happen next. These books are excellent at breaking my heart in one chapter and making it soar in victory in the next.

Other Tidbits:

Who else is glad for Jean? Tho I am a bit torn as to whether he should stay with Ezri or if Ezri should go with him and Locke. I just can’t see Locke staying to the pirate life.

I loved it when Locke told the Archon that he wouldn’t be getting his pretty ship back. Ever.

Jean was great with Cosetta, tricking her into drinking the poppy milk before heading into the Parlour Passage.

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

You can catch the weekly questions and links to folks’ weekly posts over at our GoodReads group SF/F Read Alongs. Have a look  around and you’ll see we have other upcoming SFF read alongs planned. As always, you’re welcome to be lurker, a commenter, or do your post.

4 thoughts on “Red Seas Under Red Skies Part IV”

  1. and this is the point where those of us who know what’s going to happen are biting our fingernails like crazy, for the people who don’t know what’s going to happen…..

    if you’re in the “I’ve read this book before” camp, you know what I’m talking about!

  2. Ooh I LOVED the cautious pirate hugs. It’s like that old joke about how hedgehogs make love (carefully).

    While I think Jean would make an excellent pirate and love the camaraderie, I don’t see this being enough for Locke so I have to wish for the three of them sailing off. I can see Ezri learning to false-face and the three of them causing havoc. I’m so happy for Jean, and they’re adorable together. And it’s good for Locke to get some perspective on relationships and women 😛

    However, I’ve read it before so I’m braced for the hard sailing to come.

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