The Republic of Thieves Book Review

Title: The Republic of Thieves
Author: Scott Lynch
Genre: Fantasy
Published: 2013
Pages: 690
Goodreads Rating: 4.2
Rating: 8/10

“Hypocrisy and caution are such affectionate cousins.”

The Republic of Thieves is the third book in the Gentleman Bastard series. We continue to follow Locke and Jean as they travel to a new city… Karthain. What could possibly bring them to the city of Bondsmagi? Politics and an upcoming election involving none other than Locke’s love interest, Sabetha. Will Locke and Sabetha rekindle their relationship? That depends on if they can survive in the mysterious city of Karthain. 


Bondsmagi insights and perspectives
I love it when a book makes me question the bad guys. This happens in the Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson and it happens in The Republic of Thieves. We’re introduced to a Bondsmagi who goes by the nickname Patience. When we get Patience’s point of view, it adds a dimension to the Bondsmagi that shows their complexity and inner workings that highlight the fact that they’re not all the same and there’s tension amongst the group. I thought Patience was a fascinating character and she adds so much to this book. 

Laugh-out-loud and surprising moments
Not many fantasy books make me laugh out loud while reading them. Yet Locke and Jean had me bursting out laughing multiple times. Their sarcastic jokes, bitey responses and ridiculous circumstances brought a lightheartedness to the book. 

Without including spoilers, there are also a few shocking moments in the book. We get to learn a bit more about Locke’s past and… wow. It adds a new mystery and excitement to the story that I didn’t even know I craved until after I read it. The ending of the book was also extremely unexpected where we learn a bit more about the Falconer’s mental state considering his current physical predicament…  

Interesting flashbacks that provide some context
The Republic of Thieves finally gave me more context into the vicious cycle known as the Locke and Sabetha relationship. We get flashbacks to the crew as teenagers when they are sent to learn how to be actors in another city. In the flashbacks, we experience Jean’s first relationship as well as the beginnings of Locke and Sabetha’s relationship. 


For a book focused on an election, it lacked a strong political presence.
I have only one big issue with The Republic of Thieves. The book’s main focus is on Karthain’s five-year election. Yet we lack a character that has a strong political background. It felt very light on the political front. Locke and Jean are not political aficionados and their election helpers are submissive, weaker characters. I think it could have been interesting to have a strong politician as one of the main characters in order to provide a bit more tension and intrigue into the ins and outs of the election. 


The Republic of Thieves was exactly what I hoped for. For me, it was a much better book than Red Seas Under Red Skies. I needed book three to be better because I was debating continuing with this series… but there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll keep an eye out for the next installment for the Gentlemen Bastards. The story’s ending has me extremely excited for The Thorn of Emberlain which should be released later this year!

Published by Caroline

Avid reader, board gamer, yogi, and photographer.

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