It’s been a long, but ultimately worthwhile, wait for the latest adventure with the Gentlemen Bastards.
The Republic of Thieves has less action, and more feels. Instead of just another con/heist/romp, we go deeper into the previously established story. We learn more about characters, and certain things are revealed that shift the importance of events, making you think twice about what you already know.
Jean took a (regrettable) back seat for most of this book, since it was mainly devoted to the relationship between Locke and Sabetha.
Unlike most of the people I read along with, I preferred the sections of the novel dealing with the Five-Year Game. It was entertaining to see Locke and Jean fight through proxy in what ultimately became a prank war, while the theatre parts didn’t quite grab me in the same way.
And of course, more quotable quotes than I’ve ever seen in a book. Overall, it’s a pretty quick read since the book is weighted heavily towards dialogue vs. prose.
I read this along with The Not a Book Club Club. Join us for future reads!