Red Seas Under Red Skies

Written by:
Scott Lynch
Narrated by:
Michael Page

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2020
25 hours 59 minutes
In his highly acclaimed debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch took us on an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a band of daring thieves led by con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. Now Lynch brings back his outrageous hero for a caper so death-defying, nothing short of a miracle will pull it off.

After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can’t rest for long—and are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clientele—and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior…and excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house’s cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire.

Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floors…straight to Requin’s teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb—until they are closer to the spoils than ever.

But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo’s secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough.…

Praise for Red Seas Under Red Skies

“Lynch hasn’t merely imagined a far-off world, he’s created it, put it all down on paper—the smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isn’t a one-hit wonder. . . . It’ll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson.”—Fantasy Book Critic

“Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization.”—Locus
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great books fun all the way through with no unneeded fluff

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David T.

This is a really great series, I love the story and the characters, and the narration is top notch

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Youri Z.

A great follow up to book 1 I am falling in love with this series Book 3 has immediately been purchased by the end of the audiobook

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Always hard to beat a first book and this certainly doesn’t do so but it is a good second in the series. A little slow to start but well written with the same twists and turns and fantastic narration. Michael Page makes the series all the better with his character voices and smooth reading of the really quite excellent swearing! Great and terrible setup for the final book.

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Overall it was ok. I very much enjoyed the first book in the series so I rushed right into this one, but I liked it less. The plot felt stagnant at times and I didn't care for the romantic arc of the story. It dissuaded me from continuing to the next book.

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Keith K.

It’s definitely wild, swashbuckling adventure, and I am thoroughly enjoying the series. The Narrator is exceptional, I listen to many books, and he is one of the best I’ve listened to.

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Maria G.

I loved this continuation of Lock's story. The narrator did a great job of conveying emotion and differentiating between characters.

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Great narrator, great story. Both keep you in it for every minute.

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