So here it is, the fifth and last part of this fantastic readalong. I’ve had a whale of a time with the good discussions and I’m rather sad that it’s coming to an end… I do hope that you’ll all still visit my blog!
This week’s questions are hosted by Allie over at Tethyanbooks, and since this is the end the spoilers are going to be even more spoilerific than before. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Things are really heating up as we reach week four of this readalong, and this week it is hosted by Andrea over at Little Red Reviewer. As always some really interesting questions, so go check out everyone else’s answers too! Oh, and beware the massive, massive, MASSIVE spoilers…
Description: 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.
Week three already! Doesn’t time fly? This week’s questions are hosted by Lynn over at Lynn’s Book Blog, so hop on over and check out everyone else’s replies! (After reading mine, of course.)
1. The election competition. Sabetha isn’t wasting any time throwing pranks at Locke and Jean. Mostly it seemed fairly harmless, or at least not overly serious, until they were kidnapped and put onto a ship and taken out to sea. What did you make of Sabetha’s latest plan? And what did you think about the way she executed it?
The questions this week have been provided by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow, go check out everyone else’s answers!
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?
Considering how far gone he was, it couldn’t have been anything other than really difficult to save him, so in that sense this bit gave me pretty much what I was expecting. I found it interesting that some of the other bondsmagi on board just randomly came along to help out, and the bit with Bug seriously freaked me out. I really hope that was just Locke’s fevered imagination and not something real, because that’d just be horrible…
The Sassy Girl Swoony God tourney has ended, and this has come just in time to take its place! Obviously there will be spoilers here, so if you haven’t read this awesome book yet, come back later! The main readalong is hosted over on http://dabofdarkness.com/, so if you want to read other people’s thoughts on these questions, head on over there.
Without further ado, these are the questions for this section:
1) We get to reminisce with several old friends in this section – Calo, Galdo, Chains. How did you like this? Bitter sweet or happy dance?
I liked it very much. I always really liked Calo and Galdo and all their juvenile escapades, and I could enjoy the things they got up to here without thinking too much about the fact that their future is doomed. I enjoyed going back to a happier time for the Bastards.
Why: How could I not, after reading The Lies of Locke Lamora?
Rating: 5 Stars
Description:Thief and con-man extraordinaire, Locke Lamora, and the ever lethal Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. But they can’t run forever and when they stop they decide to head for the richest, and most difficult, target on the horizon. The city state of Tal Verarr. And the Sinspire.
The Sinspire is the ultimate gambling house. No-one has stolen so much as a single coin from it and lived. It’s the sort of challenge Locke simply can’t resist…
…but Locke’s perfect crime is going to have to wait.
Someone else in Tal Verarr wants the Gentleman Bastards’ expertise and is quite prepared to kill them to get it. Before long, Locke and Jean find themselves engaged in piracy. Fine work for thieves who don’t know one end of a galley from another.