Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, readalong week 4

Just finished read Chapters 11 through 13 for this week’s installment of Red Seas Under Red Skies.  I think this covers some of my favourite parts of the book.  This challenge is hosted by Andrea at the Little Red Reviewer check out her post this week here .  The questions were provided by nrlymrtl from Dark Cargo. other read along co-hosts, My Awful Reviews, and @ohthatashley from SF Signal

So, lets get straight to this week’s questions:

1) I was much relieved when Jean and Locke made up, which started with Locke’s gesture of a cup full of honesty with Cpt. Drakasha. Do you think that was hard for Locke? Or was he using this bit of honesty like any other weapon in his arsenal to get what he wants in the end?

I liked that Locke told Drakasha the truth although I suppose he didn’t have too much choice without giving up completely on his mission.  The thing with Locke is that you would never be able to totally trust him. I’m sure Drakasha must be wondering whether he’s given her the full version or not.

2) The Parlor Passage: We still don’t know Locke’s true name, but whatever was in that mist does. What do you think it is?

The thing in the mist is just plain creepy – I don’t really know what it is to be honest, something supernatural.  A bit like mermaids that lure sailors to their death.  Only this isn’t mermaids its something more sinister.

3) There was an interesting section of the book that started about where Locke assisted Drakasha in selling the Red Messenger; he put on the persona of Leocanto Kosta and used the alias Tavras Callas and then Drakasha was still thinking of him as Ravelle….. Did using all those various aliases in such a short amount of time have your mind spinning a little? Do you think Lynch did this on purpose to give the reader a sense of Locke’s mind?

I suppose Lynch used this to show us of how tricky Locke’s mind really is.  I think Locke used those personas because he was already comfortable with them and could fall right into the parts with ease – he didn’t have enough time to come up with different identities after all.

4) That was a sweet little kiss between Cpt. Zamira and Cpt. Jaffrim at the end of the Captains’ Council. Do you think they have some history, or is it just innocent flirting that’s been going on for some time?

I wondered if they had had a previous history.  They seem very comfortable with each other in a way that seems to demonstrate more than just friendship – although I suppose they could have been friends for a long time.

5) Jean and Ezri. Cue dove-cooing and little winged hearts with sparkles. Do you think Jean will stay with the Poison Orchid or that Ezri will leave her ship to pal around with Jean and Locke?

I think Jean would try and persuade Ezri to leave the ship, he likes the life they’re leading but pirates out at sea or thieves on dry land I think Jean thinks its similiar.  I don’t think he would want to leave Locke completely and he would probably want to show Ezri some of their tricks.

6) What is Utgar up to? What are his motivations?

I know what Utgar is up to so I won’t answer this one as it will contain spoilers.

7) So last week we hashed over that Merrain killed some of Stragos’s guards on Windward Rock. But when Jean and Locke visit him, he doesn’t mention it. What is up with that?

I think he’s saving it for a better moment.  He still wants Jean and Locke to work for him and do his bidding but I don’t think he’s forgotten.  Nope, just biding his time for the right moment when he can then use it to justify some spiteful behaviour.

8) This week’s section left us where the book began – Jean pointing a crossbow at Locke’s throat. Do you think Jean knows who sent these crossbowers? Is he on their side? Is it a clever ploy to get him and Locke out of this predicament? Did you find it excruciatingly hard to stop here?

Yes, it was very hard to stop at that point and I did feel really sorry for Locke.

That’s it for this week – looking forward to the discussions.  Thanks to nrlymrtl for this week’s questions. 😀

 

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19 Responses to “Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, readalong week 4”

  1. nrlymrtl

    I’m so curious about Stragos’s motives for keeping the killings of Windward Rock to himself. He’s playing a dangerous game with Locke and Jean and i hope he looses decisively.

  2. lynnsbooks

    I think he stil needs them so he’s just holding his tongue for now. I can’t wait for him to come unstuck though!
    Lynn 😀

  3. Genki Jason

    I really liked the section in the mist. As someone who reads William Hope Hodgson and the like I really dug that section and wanted to see more. I thought it was siren’s that lured sailors to their deaths… You mean the Little Mermaid was a natural born killer??? Blimey, women at sea are dangerous.

    • lynnsbooks

      Women at sea – dangerous? Pah, its women who blog that you really need to watch out for – feeding you false information – cue evil laughter mwahhaha. Perhaps you saw a different version of the Little Mermaid LOL. Or maybe I have such a bad hangover, accompanied with a massive headache and a slightly green tinge around the gils that I’m unable to think straight. Apparently red wine and apple sour shots don’t mix. Go figure.

      Okay, I confess, I’m an idiot! Nobody likes a smart ass you know!!!

      So, who is this William Hope Hodgson chappy anyway. Shouid I go look him up? Should I feel massively embarrassed that I don’t know who he is? Should I fear that you’re going to come back with a pithy response? ROFLMAO

      Lynn 😀

      • Genki Jason

        William Hope Hodgson was an English author (early 20th Century) wrote weird fiction like The House on the Borderland (depressing) and The Derelict (really creepy) which I recommend.

        Women who blog are dangerous? Realises that he is one of the few men in this read-along and flees.

      • lynnsbooks

        Must have a look at The Derelict. Thanks.
        Lynn 😀

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  5. Ines

    So you know what Utgar is up to? 🙂
    The only thing I know so far about Mr. Lynch’s writing is that whatever I came up with as the possible outcome/reason, it won’t be correct.
    At least I know that particular question will be answered in the last part. 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, I sort of know what everyone is up to now! I read it last night. Damn impatience. If it’s any help we do get a lot of answers although not all!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Jeremy F

    I was surprised he told the truth too, but you know, he didn’t mention the damn Bonds Magi! That is going to be a real problem later…

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, he did a version of the truth. He didn’t lie but it wasn’t 100%. Can’t blame him to a certain extent – nobody’s gonna help them if they think the Bondsmagi will come down on their tail.

      Lynn 😀

  7. Grace

    I love your mermaid/siren analogy; I hadn’t thought of that at all! The Parlour Passage was probably my favorite scene in this book so far.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, ahem – apparently I meant mermaids – I’m such a numpty! Never mind, I know what I meant, just everybody else is puzzled. It’s definitely a really creepy scene!

      Lynn 😀

      • lynnsbooks

        Ahem ahem – that should have said sirens. OMG! time to go to sleep!
        Lynn 😀

  8. Froggy

    I think Drakasha knows he didn’t tell her everything, but you know… is there many people Locke has told the whole truth to? I’m not even sure Jean has the whole story, so a stranger pirate… she gets what she gets, that’s still better than nothing 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m sometimes not sure that even Locke knows the truth any longer – there are so many versions of it! Anyway, I think he treated Drakasha and the other priates very fair and respectfully. Okay, not the complete truth but even so!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Redhead

    The Parlor Passage really is a stand out awesome scene. Lynch takes something fairly simple – a difficult to navigate area that’s haunted by something, and turns it into something incredible.

    i’m waiting for Locke to use the wrong alias on the wrong person, and have someone recognize either him, or the name. does he ever tell Drakasha his “real” name? Boy is she going to be pissed when she finds out there is yet another lie layered in there.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I thought the Parlor Passage was really intriguing. I’d love to know some more about what exactly is going on there. I don’t suppose we’ll find out because it feels like we’ll move on now to more mayhem. 😀
      Lynn 😀

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