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 like it that magic isn’t that common in this world and it actually costs an arm and a leg just to even hire someone who can casts spells. I’ve read too many stories that are spoiled by way too powerful magic. This means that Locke and Co. have to rely on their wit to overcome the challenge that is the Bondsmage.
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.
At first I thought it could be Jean because his background is a mystery. Maybe he became an orphan because of the Capa and now poses as the Grey King to get his revenge. Then I thought maybe it’s Chains, he did say he wants to disrupt the Secret Peace. Where is he now anyway? We never know what happened to him in the story.
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 the Nazca thing coming at all. I think Lynch sucker punched me with the idea of a wedding between Locker and her. Since I’ve finished the book already, let’s just say I never expected what happens at the end of the book.
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 don’t remember laughing out loud but I do recall there were plenty of places that I thought were awesome. (Is it wrong that I love a particular scene with Locke and the Falconer which appears later on in the book?) I also really like the exchanges between Locke, Falconer and the Grey King. This definitely one of my favourites because Locke just wouldn’t take shit from them no matter what.
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?
I still think they are clever but definitely not as smart as the Grey King who played them like a pawn. It was obvious that the Grey King never intended them to get out alive. I thought that Locke would have a better contigency plan before going to meet the Capa.
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?
Now that the Grey King is dead, Capa Barsavi will think he got his revenge and begin to relax… Can’t say much more since I know what happens but what came afterwards didn’t surprise me.
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 really loving the characters so far. Locke is maybe too good at what he does but it doesn’t mean he is invincible. Scott Lynch shows that nothing is safe even if your character has talent.
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?
Chains wants to use the Gentleman Bastards to destroy the Secret Peace but why does he hate it so much? He’s training the boys to be well-versed in high society, so he must be planning something to get back at the nobles. Exactly what Chains is planning though, I’m not too sure.