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. Backstabbing! Rodanov & Jacqueline Colvard plot against Drakasha as soon as she’s over the horizon. Were you surprised?
Well, no. This is Scott Lynch here and nothing can ever be simple and easy for our Gentlemen Bastards. Rodanov at least seemed to have a deep seated reason for it. I think he honestly felt that Drakasha’s antics would lead to the ruin of his cushy pirate job. I have the sense he is older, so maybe he was looking at his retirement and didn’t want that messed up as well.
Colvard just seemed to enjoy the mayhem. I can respect that too, but not respecting it would get me killed.
2. Thieves prosper. The rich remember. Did Ravelle make a good pirate in the end?
I think the remnants of Salon Corbeau would say he made too good of a pirate.
I really liked how Jean and Locke grew into the role. They learned a new (and probably much needed) skill (sailing). They also found a new kind of camaraderie. It took time for Locke and Jean to wipe away all the disguises and let Ezri and then Drakasha see them for who they really are.
I also liked all of Locke’s piratical schemes from Salon Corbeau to pirating around Tal Verar.
3. A glass raised to air for a fallen friend. Given our discussions about Nazca, how do you feel about Ezri?
Ezri was a lot of fun and we had glimpses of the deeper character, like when she mentioned her family. I was looking forward to learning more about her. But then she died. It was a noble thing she did and I’m glad she didn’t let Jean do it, but still I feel for Jean in his sorrow.
With that said, I think this will make Jean a bit harder and not so ready to trust or wear his heart on his sleeve. Perhaps Lynch put our Gentleman Bastard through this to temper him for a much tougher task in the future.
4. At the end, our thieves have successfully delivered a revolution and been disappointed in all their hopes. How do you feel about the outcome?
Ha! OK, well, only half a Ha! So I feel bad that Locke is left in a limbo wondering if he really is poisoned and what it will do if he is and how long it will take, etc. But then I have to laugh a bit about the paintings. All that glorious planning and so much went awry and yet they pull it off despite all the odds only to have stolen fakes. Decent fakes, but fakes none the less.
I’m also glad that Selendri and Requin are a bit closer for having had this dubious experience.
I’m quite fine with the Archon being a captive on Drakasha’s ship.
I do wish the Bastards had gotten Merrain out of the way. She’s a troubling unsolved mystery.
Rodanov seemed genuinely upset with Colvard’s death, though he didn’t have long to mourn her.
I think Drakasha’s grumpy medic is going to be kicking herself in the ass for a long time to come. It will be difficult with that peg leg.
While I liked that the Priori were pulled in to help save the day (it was all very amusing), I also felt that it made things so much easier for the Bastards. It was a very clever last minute safe, but a last minute safe none the less.
Info on the Read Along
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. Folks are planning the read along for Book 3 as well.