Reread for the second time to prepare myself for Republic of Thieves.
I think most of the plot was forgettable, which is a major problem when the entire book hinges on the thrill of the confidence game and sneaky schemes of our lovely Gentlemen Bastards.
I didn't care for most of his nautical scenes, even though they weren't bad. They were just really not gripping enough. I think the reason is because even though they were time-pressed, it felt more like lackadaisical character-development scenes. Oh you know, despite the battles and such. But in all seriousness... Locke had to prove his cunning a little too many times for me to care because I already knew he was a witty bastard. I get that it had to happen for it to be believable, but it made the book slower. And less memorable.
I did like the addition of new characters.
The ending was just done too hastily. It seems everything was sewn up in one quick intake of breath... and done. I didn't have enough resolution for me to truly appreciate them getting out of it alive. Or not enough mastermind-background schemes were revealed for me to truly be satisfied that they were cleverer than everyone else rather than just dumb luck and crazy amounts of silver-tongue.
I probably gave this 2.5 stars the first time I read it and rounded down to a 2, and I think similarly to my past self... but I will probably round up to 3 stars because it wasn't as boring as I remembered. I suppose I was just being overly harsh the first time around.