Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, part IV

Well folks, we’re nearly at the end.  What a fantastic read so far!!  So, for all the serpents in dresses and the drowning puppy eyed looking blokes out there, lets move swiftly on.  Our lovely host, and provided of the questions for the week is Andrea over at Little Red Reviewer.  Stop on over to join the debate!  And, beware of spoilers.  I’m not going to repeat it – if you haven’t read this or the prior two books then stop reading NOW.   Turn back!  (Okay, I repeated it a little bit.)

1. We finally know why Sabetha dies her hair, and that’s so disturbing even the Thiefmaker under Shade’s Hill was disgusted by it. Too dark for this world? Or just right?  Well, it’s absolutely disgusting, but that never stopped vile things in their tracks did it.  I’d say this fits into the world we’re reading about.  After all, they hang children for pickpocketing and chop off a person’s hand for slapping the nobility and that’s the law abiding types.

2. The “Asino” brothers are drunken idiots, but they’re not blind. What did you think of the little rendezvous they helped arrange for Sabetha and Locke?  I say thank goodness for a glimmer of sense (from the Asinos!)  I mean Locke and Sabetha certainly weren’t going to take that sort of initiative were they – we could have gone back and forward for months yet.  In fact, it just wouldn’t have occurred to them.  I loved that the twins stepped in and organised it all.  Okay, a little cubby hole with a couple of blankets might not seem like the most romantic way of getting together but I think scented candles and throw cushions were the least of their concerns at that point.  Didn’t you feel a bit sorry for Locke afterwards!  Seeing the look on Sabetha’s face and thinking ‘is that what all the fuss is about’!

3. Locke managed to get everyone out of the Boulidazi mess we discussed last week . . . what do you think of this latest  Boulidazi complication?  I love that you called this a complication – I don’t think Boulidazi would agree LOL – creative use of a pair of scissors.  Well, I never liked the guy to be honest which doesn’t mean he got exactly what he deserves (although he is a total arse wipe and a raping bastard), but, Christ on his throne, has this just got major league complicated.  Talk about tension and grey hair.  Sabetha seems to be coming up with the goods though not to mention fairly coolly dispatching Boulidazi!  *shivers*.  Wouldn’t have liked to have been in her shoes at that particular moment – mmm, she can definitely be quite ruthless when needed though.

And back to Karthain (I’m jumping around in time here, leaving the most important bits for last)

4.Time is flying, and the election is getting closer. Desperation calls for cheap tricks. I think my favorite so far is Sabetha’s special roof guards. What’s your favorite election dirty trick so far?  I think the old woman trick was pretty good to be honest – but, then, I was reading about a scene with Jean in it so….  Yeah, anyway, he’s a big gentle giant isn’t he – he could have picked those old dears up, carried them off that roof and put them on a luxurious ship bound to travel aimlessly around for the duration of the election couldn’t he?  Although I’m sure Sabetha would have them replaced pdq but come on, how many sweet old ladies can she find willing to sit on the rooftops.  I quite liked the snakes – I mean, I wouldn’t have personally liked to make their acquaintance but it was pretty inventive the way Sabetha got Locke to share a coach ride with them!

5.There’s a mole in the Deep Roots. Was that person’s identity a surprise to you? And how did you like Locke’s method of identifying the person?  This wasn’t really a surprise to be honest – you sort of knew that Lynch had a reason for giving Nikoros his little addiction and the method of detection was clever and appropriate I thought.

6.What’s so important about this Lovaris fellow? The election is right around the corner, so why introduce someone new so late in the game?  I detect a twist in the tale.  But, I’m rubbish at guessing and also I’ve read to the end!!  So, I can’t say, lips are sealed, zipped, locked and thrown away the key.

7. It’s so nice that Locke and Sabetha can finally have some nice, normal dinner dates. He even cooks her dinner! But that sneaky Patience, always interrupting everything! Finally, she promises some answers. that’s nice. what, Locke is WHO? Locke is a WHAT? How much of it do you believe?  Massive spoiler alert!!!!  I’m just not sure what to think of this new theory.  I’ve decided not to believe it.  I think Patience is just throwing in one last epically bitchy story to con the conners.  Oh, I dunno.  *stamps feet, chucks toys out of pram and takes bat and ball home*  I suppose the good thing is, if this story is true then Locke (or whoever he is), doesn’t remember who he was so he is really who he thinks he is?  Right??  Patience – you bitch.  And interrupting everything as well!  Total tart face.

And, what about all these eating places that Lynch has come up with – bloody hell, who needs a regular restaurant – eating in a cage – not sure I’d fancy Sabetha’s way of exiting, not after I’d just eaten some huge ass meal!  Up chuck at all.

Anyway, let me get back to talking about Jean – and Jenora??  Okay, I wont’ be a stuck record on that subject but phwoar.  That. Is. All.

And, what was all this about from Sabetha ‘Nothing before the Hill matters’ she said quietly.  ‘I was protected.  Then I was an orphan.  Leave it at that.’  What does all that mean.  That’s a definite lure and I’ve been hooked!



33 Responses to “Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, part IV”

  1. Erica Dakin

    Someone else said it somewhere, but Lynch doesn’t stick in anything that doesn’t have some meaning somewhere, so I guess we’ll find out how Sabetha ended up at the Shades’ Hill. I really hope we do anyway.

  2. Lisa (@EffingRainbow)

    I just have to say – “Total tart face.” <– Love this. 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Heehee, trying to come up with new ways to insult people – Lynch has inspired me to new heights!
      Lynn 😀

      • Redhead

        I love *total tart face* too!

        see, I told you these books were inspirational. 😉

      • lynnsbooks

        Yes, I’m coming up with all sorts of ways to curse!
        Lynn 😀

  3. Lauren

    Between the grannies and Jenora I totally get the #TeamJean thing – so cute and sweet and “gallant” 🙂

    I’m also hoping we find out how Sabetha ended up at Shades’ Hill. If she doesn’t want to talk about it, there must be a story there.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, Jean is lovely isn’t he!
      I’m totally intrigued with Sabetha now – we’ve had a reveal about Locke – whether it’s true or not we’re yet to find out! But is there more to Sabetha that meets the eye?
      Lynn 😀

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  5. tethyanbooks

    I felt a bit sorry for Locke, but at least Sabetha pointed out that they aren’t limited to one try :). Well… they may be limited to no tries in present day, if Patience won’t let them alone. I’m wondering if Sabetha is going to have trouble handling having killed Boulidazi, once the shock wears off.

    • lynnsbooks

      You know, I don’t think she will – I think it showed a different side to Sabetha. She was very cool and calculating – just stepped in, measured the situation, kept her head, stopped Locke from marking the body and then finished Boulidazi off. Much more in control in that situation that any of the others.
      Lynn 😀

      • Redhead

        Having grown up in Camorr, as a thief, and taking kids to hangings. . . I don’t think Sabetha is going to feel any guilt over killing Boulidazi. She’ll probably just file it away as “something that needed doing”.

      • lynnsbooks

        I agree – she didn’t even have ‘first’ thoughts about doing the deed, let alone second or third thoughts!

  6. Genki Jason

    Yeah, I never liked that Boulidazi guy either! Something about him suggested violence… Oh wait, it was his knowledge of swords! He was always a threat.

    he could have picked those old dears up, carried them off that roof and put them on a luxurious ship bound to travel aimlessly around for the duration of the election couldn’t he?

    BINGO! That’s what I thought… after getting them hooked on alchemical dust…

    I want to know more about Sabetha’s past as well… Did she come from aristocracy from the Seven Marrows or something?

    • lynnsbooks

      Hey, they could play bingo whilst they’re on board the luxury ship! Yes, I remember your comment about Boulidazi and his potential to be dangerous and you were right.
      I’m super intrigued about Sabetha now – the Seven Marrows! It was definitely a strange remark that she made and with Locke’s natural way of never using a throwaway comment you can’t help feeling mystified. Can’t wait to find out.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Ines

    I knew there is more to Sabetha and we’re still getting bit by bit. 🙂
    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one choosing not to believe. 🙂 I do think parts are true but not all.
    We’ll see! By the end of the book I hope? I mean you did read to the end, you could tell me…. 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Hahah, I did read to the end but I’m behaving and not giving away anything! I’m super intrigued about Sabetha now – they is all so mysterious.
      I don’t know whether to believe or not – I can’t help thinking that Patience is being a proper wind-up merchant.
      Lynn 😀

  8. nrlymrtl

    Poor Locke & Sabetha – their first time wasn’t as climatic as they were expecting and I was pleasantly surprised that Lynch wrote it this way. I was expecting it to either be private – like “and then they kissed and the curtain closed’ or for it to be the sex scene of the century type thing. But instead we got a slice of reality – two bumbling teens trying to figure out what all the fuss is about.

    I loved all the fun places to eat and the fancy food. Lynch has always incorporated great food and drink in his books and it sometimes makes me really mad that we don’t have alchemically created or altered foods and drinks, so I can’t even hope to come close to creating some of these fabulous meals in my kitchen.

    Ah, yes, the mysterious Sabetha. She has so many secrets about herself, but goes a little batshit crazy when she finds out that Locke has just a few secrets from her – and not because he was actively keeping such info from her, but because he simply hadn’t gotten around to telling her everything about himself.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, you can’t exactly blame Locke for not telling Sabetha everything – they’ve had such huge gaps in their history after all. The first time for them both was a great scene – just realistic. The one thing that this book has really impressed me with is that Lynch doesn’t shy away from things. I keep thinking he’ll just do a quick scene – like the poisoning – but he doesn’t, he really puts the work into everything – yes, even the food!
      I’m really intrigued about Sabetha now. That sentence above about her being protected before the Hill – I hadn’t really picked up on that properly until this second reading and it’s got me really curious.
      Lynn 😀

  9. suecccp

    2. This obsession has preoccupied Locke for years, so it was definitely well passed time for this liaison. I did feel a little sorry that it was a let down for him, but I doubt that his technique was all that wonderful . . .

    4. I now have an image of a long line of little old ladies queuing up to volunteer for Jean to put them on an all expenses paid cruise! 😀

    7. I find it very difficult to trust Patience, but it does answer so many questions . . . arggghhhh!!!!

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – the thing is, they were both beginners! Which is kind of right for this story but it does make it awkward if nobody know what they’re doing.
      Imagine being carried aboard by Jean – i’m having the most terrible daydreams of pushing the old ladies overboard and knocking Jean on the head with something – when he comes round, oops, it looks like he’s out at sea again!!! mwahahahah.
      I really don’t like Patience. The thing is it does all sort of fit together. I think I’m just in denial.
      Lynn 😀

      • Redhead

        LOL, I don’t think it’s just going to be *old* ladies lining up to have Jean carry them off to a waiting luxury ship.

      • lynnsbooks

        You know that saying ‘children and women first’ – No. I’m first. I realise I fall into the ‘women’ bracket but I would push all the others into the water to get at the front of the queue – including the children. Come on, I’d throw them a dinghy!!

  10. Grace

    While I did feel bad for Locke after his first time with Sabetha, I also thought it was amusing. He can’t just be born spectacular at everything! 😛

    • lynnsbooks

      Yep, it’s more realistic this way! Pity Bouldazi had to interrupt their practice!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Redhead



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