This section of The Lies of Locke Lamora group read covers the first six chapters of Part 2. Spoilers for up to the end of this segment under the break.
I’d completely forgotten the plot point where the Capa “asks” Locke to marry his daughter Nazca. I did remember what ended up happening to Nazca. Poor Nazca! It seemed like she had more sense than anyone else close to the Capa, which was probably why the Grey King chose her to kill. She would have advised caution.
1) Last week we saw the Capa in theatrical mode taking young Locke’s oath on his enchanted shark’s tooth. This week we see the former scholar carving up the surviving Full Crowns and swearing vengeance on the Grey King. What do you think of his responses to the Grey King’s assaults?
I really don’t know what the best course for the Capa would be. He has no idea that the Grey King and the employ of a bondsmage, and I have no idea how one would even fight a bondsmage in the first place. The Grey King seems basically invincible.
2) We get our first glimpse of magic this week. What do you make of the Bondsmagi (and especially of the Falconer and Vestris)?
Dangerous! I’ve actually forgotten exactly what happens with regards to the Falconer, so it’ll be interesting to rediscover.
Besides the “kill a bondsmage and you’ll wish you’re dead” bit, how would you even defeat one in the first place? Is the Falconer’s magic all powerful?
3) The Gentleman Bastards make plans for a hasty exit, but resist the urge to drop everything and go, because reasons. Seemingly entirely reasonable reasons. Do you think our boys are right to stay?
I want to tell them to be super cautious and get the heck out of there, but who knows what the Grey King would do to them if they tried to run? They definitely seem in over their heads. What’s funny is how Locke’s still so confident and optimistic about the whole thing.
4) We’ve now seen a lot more Eldren architecture, including the spectacular rooftop ‘rose garden’ Don Maranzalla trains his students in. Do you think the Elderglass is a creation of magic, science or something else entirely?
The rose garden was amazing! It’s so imaginative and deliciously creepy. Right now it’s hard to get a feel for how the Elders and the Elderglass fit into the fabric of the world. Who were they? Were they human or some other species? I don’t think this is true, but could they be aliens? If I had to guess, I’d choose magic. The alchemy mentioned thus far in the book seems more like magic than a form of our world’s science.