Hey all! Welcome to week three of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong, which is hosted by Andrea over at The Little Red Reviewer.
From this point onward, beware of spoilers.
1. Locke and Jean’s ability to find themselves at the center of a serious mess seems unparalleled. At this point, do you think that Stragos will get the return he expects on his investment in them?
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they won’t betray the pirates, who are actually some pretty cool people. I’m hoping that Locke and Jean find a way to screw Stragos over while still getting the antidote for the poison. I don’t think Stragos is going to be too happy to see them though after what Merrain did.
2. Merrain’s activities after our boys leave Windward Rock are interesting. What do you think her plans are?
I’m standing by my theory that Merrain is working for the Bondsmagi. She’s definitely a double agent for someone who’s out to get Locke and Jean.
3. Does anyone know why having cats aboard the ship is so important?
Because they’re adorable and eat pesky little vermin that would proliferate on the ship while at sea. Mostly though I think they’re good luck because if something goes wrong you feel so much better about life when a cute little kitty curls up on your lap and purrs.
4. The word “mutiny” creates a lot of mental pictures. Were you surprised? Why or why not?
Something had to go wrong, and once Locke and Jean were left on their own without anyone with sailing experience, they were doomed to fail. I’m a bit surprised that they survived the mutiny so easily though.
5. Ah, the Poison Orchid. So many surprises there, not the least of which were the captain’s children. Did you find the young children a natural part of the story?
They’re my favorite part of the Poison Orchid story. The captain can be a pirate, sail a ship, and still have a family. I love the way that Lynch handles women in his stories; they’re treated just like any other character with no extra fanfare or attention because they’re female. Why wouldn’t the captain of a pirate ship be a mother with young kids? Why wouldn’t she be teaching the little ones how to sail (and plunder)?
6. Jean is developing more and more as a character as we get further in to the book. Ezri makes the comment to him that “Out here, the past is a currency, Jerome. Sometimes it’s the only one we have.” I think several interesting possibilities are coming into play regarding Jean and Ezri. What about you?
I hope he realizes that she’s gonna die. Let’s face it… we haven’t had any other minor characters that we can really get attached to, and Scott Lynch loves killing off characters. Since there’s more to the series after this one, I’m assuming that Locke and Jean will survive, but I can’t see Erzi making it to the end of this book. Poor Jean.
7. As we close down this week’s reading, the Thorn of Camorr is back! I love it, even with all the conflict. Several things from their Camorri background have come back up. Do you think we will see more Camorri characters?
I was so pleased that Locke managed to ake a name for himself in that fight while using his thief skills and trickery. He even did it all without Jean having to come rescue him! I loved the banter in that scene as well. I wonder if our good friend the Spider(s) pay any attention to going on outside of Camorr?
That’s all for this week! Be sure to pop over to everyone else’s posts to see more RSURS discussions!