***Spoilers to follow***
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?
I’m interested in the magic, but I’m curious to see what rules it will follow and whether there’s any sort of limit to a Bondsmage’s powers. We already know that specificity is required, but aside from that I’d like to see more about them.
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.
I’m expecting a “Locke, I am your father!” moment at some point in the future.
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)
I didn’t see it coming at all. I liked Nazca, dammit! She was such a great character, and I was surprised that she got killed off so quickly. I’m a bit more worried for Locke’s safety now that I’ve seen that Lynch won’t hesitate to kill or maim his characters.
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?
I find the cursing to be amusing, and it’s part of what makes this book so much fun. Mostly though I’m just at the edge of my set in suspense while I’m reading. If I’d been at home and not on the Metro, I’d probably have started cursing at the Grey King when the meeting with Barsavi went down.
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?
Well, I think that the Grey King probably had this in mind all along. Locke and his crew are quite clever, but they’re also arrogant bastards. They think everything’s too easy and aren’t nearly cautious enough.
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?
Locke had better not be dead. I haven’t gotten far enough into the next section to know for sure yet, but I’m assuming that since there’s a second book that he’s not.
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?
I’m liking the characters thus far. I don’t mind if they’re a bit archetypal because it’s a good story that’s full of twists and turns.
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?
I think it’s more that he’s giving them the upbringing that he never had. When we find out about the three surviving soldiers and their fates, it makes me think that he learned from his own experience that people have potential outside of the social class that they’re born into. I do think that there’s some subtle revenge for the fact that he and the other villagers were forced into fighting somebody else’s war.
Ok, that’s all for now! I’ll be around to visit the other blogs when I get a chance. I hope everyone’s enjoying the story thus far!