Scholars of the Therin Collegium, from their comfortable position well inland, could tell you that the wolf sharks of the Iron Sea are beautiful and fascinating creatures; their bodies more packed with muscle than any bull, their abrasive hide streaked with every colour from old-copper green to stormcloud black. Anyone actually working the waterfront in Camorr and on the nearby coast could tell you that wolf sharks are big aggressive bastards that like to jump.Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora (via thephoenixsaid)
Music note tombstone, Brompton Cemetery London
The dance of death needs music
I am a fan of unique gravestones.
When Locke spoke, there was no hint of Lukas Fehrwight in his voice or in his mannerisms; there was no trace of the Vadran merchant’s restrained energy or stuffy dignity. This new fiction had the fictional backing of the duke’s incontrovertible writ; he was the sort of man who could and would tease a don while invading the sanctity of that don’s home. Such audacity could never be faked - Locke had to feel it, summon it from somewhere inside, cloak himself in arrogance as though it were an old familiar garment. Locke Lamora became a shadow in his own mind - he was a Midnighter, an officer in the duke’s silent constabulary. Locke’s complicated lies were this new man’s simple truth.
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
(And this is why the Salvaras will not beat the Bastards. )
I love love love love all of the Gentlemen Bastards. Their dynamic is so fucking fantastic, right from the beginning. They’re sarcastic and brutally honest with each other, while still being affectionate and friendly. The way they play off each others’ wit slays me.
And Chains’ dedication to the group is so lovely. He genuinely cares for his apprentices-in-crime, and finds tasks and roles for them that play to their strengths. I don’t think their group could function nearly as effectively if he was not this way.
Awe, and the toast scene! When Bug says he wishes he could have met Chains, I always tear up. I love Bug, and I’m looking forward to someday learning more about him.
And Sabetha! I cannot fucking wait to finally actually meet her! All the references to her are such a goddamn tease.
Nope! I want to know more about where the tunnels go. And I want to hear more about actual members of Perelandro’s order coming to visit, and how the Gentlemen Bastards keep them in the shitty bedrooms in the temple, all while laughing to themselves about their true home in the cellar. Perhaps they even steal something from them. Because, why not?
Greatest. Sharks + bad-ass women = greatest sport ever. Definitely.
And it’s just so illustrative of how brutal Camorr is. A single scene is all it takes to really get into the society’s head - violence is commonplace, something to observe and comment on. A spectator sport, in all its forms.