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Locked In: Week 3 of The Lies of Locke Lamora Read-a-Long!

It’s week 3 of The Lies of Locke Lamora Read-Along! Questions this week are provided by My Awful Reviews and he’s got some good ones for us, delving into the depths, nooks, and unclean crannies of Locke Lamora’s persona.

Quick Note: Week 3 covers chapter five thru the end of Interlude “The Half Crown War,” so if you’ve got any questions of your own that you’d like to post, make sure they stay within that time-frame.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, follow me after the jump for this week’s questions!

1. This section is where we finally get to sneak a peek at the magic in The Gentleman Bastards books. From what we read, what are your initial impressions of the magic Lynch is using? Is there any way that Locke and Company would be able to get around the Bondsmage’s powers?

2. Not a question, but an area for rampant speculation: If you want to take a stab at who you think the Grey King might be, feel free to do it here.

2.5 (since 2 wasn’t really a question) Anyone see the Nazca thing coming? Anyone? Do you think there are more crazy turns like this in store for the book? Would you like to speculate about them here? (yes, yes you would)

3. When Locke says “Nice bird, arsehole,” I lose it. EVERY TIME. And not just because I have the UK version of the book and the word arsehole is funnier than asshole. Have there been any other places in the books so far where you found yourself laughing out loud, or giggling like a crazy person on the subway?

4. By the end of this reading section, have your opinions changed about how clever the Bastards are? Do you still feel like they’re “cleverer than all the rest?” Or have they been decidedly outplayed by the Grey King and his Bondsmage?

5. I imagine that you’ve probably read ahead, since this was a huge cliffhanger of an ending for the “present” storyline, but I’ll ask this anyway: Where do you see the story going from here, now that the Grey King is thought to be dead?

6. What do you think of the characters Scott Lynch has given us so far? Are they believable? Real? Fleshed out? If not, what are they lacking?

7. Now that you’ve seen how clever Chains is about his “apprenticeships,” why do you think he’s doing all of this? Does he have an endgame in sight? Is there a goal he wants them to achieve, or is it something more emotional like revenge?

Are you a fellow traveler on this read a long? Introduce yourself to me! Please? 🙂

2 Comments on Locked In: Week 3 of The Lies of Locke Lamora Read-a-Long!

  1. There are so many wonderful guesses going around as to the identity of the Grey King! I don’t know if I should congratulate the people who figured it out, or keep sewing false clues?

    Locke is pretty damn clever. He’s also pretty damned spoiled too. the GB’s have always had the opportunity to study their marks and spy on them. The are overly cautious (which is why they aren’t dead). And the Grey King? Locke doesn’t know a thing about him! he’s got nothing to work with, and The Grey King sure seems to know a lot about him!

    Although I do wonder how long the GB’s could afford a Bondsmage if they emptied out their vault?

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