The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves

By Scott Lynch

  • Release Date: 2013-10-08
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 429 Ratings



“A bright new voice in the fantasy genre” (George R. R. Martin)
, acclaimed author Scott Lynch continues to astound and entertain with his thrillingly inventive, wickedly funny, suspense-filled adventures featuring con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. And The Republic of Thieves is his most captivating novel yet.

With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.
Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body—though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean’s imploring—and the Bondsmage’s mention of a woman from Locke’s past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.
Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha—or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.


The Republic of Thieves
“Fast paced, fun, and impossible to put down . . . Locke and company remain among the most engaging protagonists in fantasy.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Republic of Thieves has all the colorful action, witty repartee, and devious scheming that fans of the series have come to expect.”Wired
“A fantasy world unique among its peers . . . If you’re looking for a great new fantasy series this is one you won’t want to miss. . . . In a word: AWESOME!”SF Revu

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

The Lies of Locke Lamora
“Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind


  • Disappointing

    By Corylovesgolf11
    First book was outstanding. Last two were unfocused, cluttered and too ambitious. First book had a strong story line and excellent character development. Last two have ludicrously complicated story lines and weak character portrayal. Author should have used the same recipe for his second two books and kept it simple yet detailed. The plots were so convoluted and various that he had to conclude them superficially. Very dissatisfying.
  • So-so at best

    By Juan P. Munoz
    I know most of the reviews here are 5 stars. However, I think this is a 3 at best. Withouht getting into the plot here are the prows and cons. Pros: Interesting premise, fairly good plot. A few of the pranks were genuinley funny. Cons: Structure is terrible constantly going from present to past every chapter. Only way I got over that was skipping the one and then coming back to it. The political intrigue was childish and lazily written. Any political intruge was based on bribing instead of genuinely interesting cat and mouse games or chess moves.
  • The Republic of Thieves

    By Gevorah
    I found the book not only attention grabbing but a fun for all fantasy built on a kind of reality so familiar yet foreign. I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.
  • Gradual

    By 207 Hotshots
    The book felt slow to begin with after reading the first 2 books, but wow does it really pick up. Now I have to wait months for The Thorn of Emberlain!
  • Absolutely Disappointing

    By mr.brandonsommer
    It's as if Lynch's editor was just happy to receive a document with the required word count. Scott, fire your editor and go back to the group who helped you edit your first book. Think about throwing most of this book away and try again. And leave out the BS about Locke's origin. A real editor would've never let that fly. You can do better.
  • More amazing plots and schemes.

    By Kon 2
    Great ride of a book. Glad to see Lynch can still keep me on the edge of my seat while leaving me thirsting for the next entry in the series.
  • Red

    By Keschelle74
    It was a good read, but, nothing will compare to the first my opinion! Loved the series and also eager to discover how Locke will meet his demise! Also, will Jean fall in love again?
  • More to come?

    By Bitter Arugula
    Over far too quickly, this third piece of the trilogy left me hoping for a speedy fourth story.
  • A riveting read!

    By M4NPUR5E
    A great follow up book. Couldn't put it down, and wish I didn't have to wait for the nest one.
  • Excellent

    By A non blankslate
    Worthy of the first, and much, much better than the second, with a promise of more to come.