Red Seas Under Red Skies: Week 1

This post contains spoilers.

My initial impression of RSURS was mixed; on one hand, I was glad to see the return of Locke and Jean after the heart-stopping prologue, but on the other…

I suppose I’ve read too many linear books as of late. Scott Lynch’s unravelling the story along two separate timelines — one before, one after — takes some getting used to which made the first eighty pages or so a heavy read. I also found myself wanting a map of the city of Tal Verarr because it was hard to keep track of the descriptions, as beautiful as the locale sounds.1My sense of direction in real life is fairly good, but ask me to create a mental map of something and I will get lost in a round room the size of a toilet cubicle.

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Read-Along

What sensible university students with two essays and a study diary due next week don’t do is let their friends talk them into joining a read-along.1Then again, if I’ve ever claimed to be sensible, I was probably lying. Booky Pony pointed me in the right direction if I wanted to join up2Read: went ‘squee!’ at me over a pint of ale until I relented and with utmost reluctance picked up a book with fantastical locations, excellent writing, and witty grifters. Such hardship., and Little Red Reviewer kindly did not mind my hopping on the bandwagon later than everyone else so here I am, leafing through my previously unopened (I cannot imagine why) copy of Scott Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies.

It has been years since I last read its prequel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, so now is about time that I consume gorge myself on enjoy the sequel.

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