Red Seas Under Red Skies

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Locke has lost the vast majority of his friends. He's a criminal, though, so he can't afford to appear too upset about it, and besides, he has his oldest friend, Jean Tannen, and a new home in Tal Verrar. They're passing themselves off as wealthy noblemen, but it's not in their nature to stay on the right side of the law for long, and they soon find themselves frequenting the Sinspire, a near- legendary gambling den.

I read the first book in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, in one sitting, but I'll freely admit that that speaks more to the length of the car ride from my house to DC than anything you care about. The fact remains, though, that The Lies of Locke Lamora was a great read, especially for someone like me, who likes her fantasy gritty and her heroes, well, unheroic. I read Red Seas Under Skies a few months after the prequel, and, while I wasn't exactly waiting with great anticipation to get my hands on a copy, as soon as I started it I remembered how much I enjoyed this series.

Red Seas Under Red Skies is one of those few fantasy sequels that can stand alone, but I would recommend reading the prequel first, as it reveals aspects of Locke's backstory that make him a more interesting character.

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