Republic of Thieves Read Along – 2

So, week 2! And, I did a really craptastic job of visiting other blogs in the first week of this read along. Thanks to work and it’s now second week of conference hell, I’m now in Las Vegas. I’m actually sitting in my room working with the promise of room service in the next 40 minutes or never, but, the good news, week 2 of the read along! Forgive me if I ramble this week; writing with no sleep. Yep, I take chances.

This week covers chapter 3 thru interlude “Bastards Abroad” and is being hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow. Go visit!

Blood And Breath And Water: Patience tells Locke that the ritual to save him is serious business. She wasn’t kidding… What did you make of this scene, and do you think any of it might (perhaps literally) come back to haunt Locke?

Um, he now sees dead people (what the hell Bug!). Locke bought in, thanks to Jean (go Jean!), and when his stubborness kicked in he finally, I think anyway, understood what he was in for and I don’t think he was truly ready. Of course, it was also nice to see he wasn’t ready to die yet either. Then again, who could be ready for something like that.

Patience is not one to mess around with, the woman can reign down hell on you in an all very real way. The body painting and dreamsteel were great elements to the ritual. She doesn’t play around. She told him she’d basically rip his soul apart and comes close. I’d like to think Locke learns a lesson out of all of this but…it’s Locke, so.

Orphan’s Moon: Back to the childhood of the Gentlemen Bastards, and here we get another ritual, this one in service to the Nameless Thirteenth. It looks as though it might be Locke vs. Sabetha, round two – but this time Locke seems to be a little slow on that uptake… Who do you think deserves to be given the final oath? Locke or Sabetha?

I think Sabatha thought it would be her. I think she thought she deserved it but maybe Chains wanted to take a chance on Locke and see what he would do with the opportunity. I think Chains has a soft spot for Locke and he wants him to step up and thought that if he gave him this chance, he might become everything that Chains wants him to be and thinks he can be.

Sabetha, I think, sees all of this going on. She see that Locke is the favorite, and without much work, and even if he has talent, she confident, smart, and her intuition tells her she needs to find a way around this bond between Locke and Chains or leave.

Poor Locke though. He really is helpless around Sabetha. He’s blinded by love and his own ability to be so stupid sometimes that he doesn’t see what’s going on, or maybe he can’t see it, or doesn’t want to see it. Or maybe Locke is just playing dumb in the hope that Sabetha won’t see that he’s worming his way into her spot in the gang and wants to take over and kick her out. Although, I don’t think what’s going on is intentional though, just the dynamics of the group are changing.

Um, I’m really tired and am starting to ramble. Move on to the next question. Please.

Across The Amathel: This chapter takes a breather for quite a bit of Eldren history, while Locke starts recovering. What do you think of the history lesson, and Patience’s ominous speculation regarding the Eldren? Is this something you’d like to know more about?

Locke needs to ask more questions. I want to know more. One of the reasons I like these books is sections like this one. I start getting comfortable with the world (in a very good way) and then Lynch goes and adds another layer. He builds new worlds inside one I thought I knew and was beginning to understand. They also happen to be a rather terrifying group of individuals. When can I have more? Please tell there will be more about this soon!

Striking Sparks: The gang’s off to Espara, after a bad summer and a pretty thorough dressing-down from Chains, and we finally get to the source of the book’s title – they’re bound for the stage! What are your thoughts on this latest ‘challenge’ and the reasons for it?

Yea, that many teenagers in the house — of course he sent them away! I kinda like it though. It’s the type of scheme they need to work out for themselves and I’m sure it’ll be an interesting play as well. If there happens to be one, that is.

The Five-Year Game: Starting Position: The election gets underway with a party (as you do) and before it’s even over, the Deep Roots party has problems – and not just thanks to Sabetha. What do you make of Nikoros and his unfortunate habit?

Ugh. I’m not surprised. Locke and Jean, well, nothing can be easy. It’ll be interesting to see how they get around this bit so it doesn’t cause problems for them but I’m not worried. I think this is going to a really interesting election.

Bastards Abroad: The gang arrives in Espara, and already they’ve got problems (nicely mirroring the Five Year Game!)… This aside, we’ve also seen some more of what seems to be eating at Sabetha. Do you sympathise with her, or is Locke right to be frustrated with her?

They’re both at fault. Sabetha thinks Locke should get it. Locke just wants to understand but Sabetha isn’t interested in explaining. I do understand why Sabetha is so frustrated though. Sadly, it’s not something that’s going to go away. Obviously, Locke isn’t going to get over her and I don’t know what she wants with him. Sometimes it seems as though she might like him, or at least have a brotherly love for him, and other times she probably wants to kill him for one too many reasons to name. I get that. Then again, Locke has every right to be frustrated and annoyed with her too. She strings him along a bit, gives him hope that there might be some far off chance (let’s face it, that’s all Locke needs to start scheming) but then doesn’t talk to him for several days. What’s the poor boy to think! Both of them need to tossed in lake right now.

13 thoughts on “Republic of Thieves Read Along – 2

  1. I loved the poison drawing scene. So well thought out by Lynch and it would have been so easy to do the easy thing and have Patience just ‘magic’ it away.
    I didn’t really think the priesthood choice should go to Sabetha – I know it seems a bit unfair and almost as though Locke just gets everything too easily but I didn’t really think she wanted this for the right reason.
    Yes worlds within worlds. Such a great way of expressing it.
    Just imagine all them teenagers – a bloody nightmare. There must be towels all over the floor, glasses and plates left all over the place and of course none of them are easy to talk to! ‘where you going’ ‘nowhere’, ‘who with?’ ‘no one’, etc, etc.
    And, I agree completely with your final remark – Sabetha should explain herself – which in fairness she does start to do.
    Lynn :D

  2. I enjoyed your ramblings. :)
    I can’t wait to learn more about the Eldren, I’ve been waiting for that since book one. Seems I’ll be waiting a bit longer…

  3. Orphan’s Moon: “She see that Locke is the favorite, and without much work,”
    Yep, I think the ease with which he trumps her is what bothers her so much, but it’s also the reason she can still like him – there’s no malice in Locke’s actions, and Sabetha can see that no matter how frustrated she is. As she tells him later, they’re rivals, not enemies.

    Bastards Abroad: “Both of them need to tossed in lake right now.”
    Yeah. Naked. It’s time for some action guys!

  4. that’ll be me next week: sitting in a hotel room waiting on dinner to be delivered and playing on the internet. next week is software update hell for us. But you get room service? LUCKY!

    That scene where Patience pulls the poison out of Locke was crazy incredible, wasn’t it? I loved everything about it. the dreamsteel, how it even exhausts the bondsmagi, the whole Bug thing, it was awesome.

    Poor Sabetha, it’s got to suck being her. Doesn’t matter how much she practices, Locke will still be Chains’ favorite. doesn’t matter if he’s more talented or not, he’s the favored child. she barely gets any attention for her awesome theft of those nightsticks. I’d have LOVED to read about that! and don’t you worry about rambling, i rambled on forever and ever about her. ;)

    forget being tossed in a lake, Locke and Sabetha need to be tossed into bed with each other!

    • Good luck with the trip. I’m on day three of room service. I have to admit that it’s not that bad; traveling on the master account isn’t awful.

      That whole scene is amazing. But poor Bug though; I feel bad for him but worse for Locke! Talk about a nightmare.

      As Lauren said: tossed in lake naked!

      • . . . and 24 hours after I booked next week’s trip, the update got rescheduled and trip got cancelled. and you know what? TOTALLY FINE WITH ME. travelled a ton all summer and into early fall, i am burned out.

  5. I feel your pain, I was also away this weekend and so speed read the section on Sunday Afternoon (hadn’t realised how long it was) and typed up my answers half asleep!

    Have to agree about Locke & Sabetha, pretty sure Locke has never done anything to intentionally oust Sabetha, he is just a little bit clueless!

  6. It would be nice if Locke asked more questions… but I think Patience isn’t answering anymore. I thought that their deal was going to be that he could ask questions throughout the contest, but it seems like Patience had planned a single question-answer session. That seems a bit unfair, as he hadn’t taken stock of the election situation yet, and so couldn’t really know what information would be relevant to his task or not.

    On the Locke/Sabetha thing, I would argue that Sabetha was explaining (as of their trip to Espara at least), and Locke just wasn’t listening. He wants to understand, but his default mode seems to be to deflect her attempted explanations with compliments. It seems like he’s started trying to think about things from her point of view, though, so maybe they will work things out!

  7. I too want Locke to ask more questions. This is his chance to gain a huge amount of info while he does a bit of resting and stuffing his face silly. Is he too tired to come up with questions?

    Lynch does Teen Angst really, really well. Locke knows what he wants – Sabetha. But we haven’t ridden around in Sabetha’s head, not yet anyway, so we don’t know what she wants….and I suspect that she doesn’t know either.

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