The second of seven novels in [[Literature/GentlemanBastard The Gentleman Bastard Sequence]], by Scott Lynch. First published in 2007.

In the aftermath of the Falconer's crippling, Locke and Jean head to Tal Verrar for another, even bigger, con. They lie and cheat their way through a gambling house no thief has ever survived an attempt to rob, and in which cheating has a death sentence. They are deterred, however, by someone looking for their expertise - they are coerced into masquerade as pirates in the Sea of Brass. Meanwhile, they are being pursued by the last people any sane person would ever offend... the ruthless Bondsmagi of Karthain.
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!! This book contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Ezri, Zamira, Merrain and Selendri.
* ActionMom: Zamira
* AlliterativeName: Locke Lamora
* AnAxeToGrind: The Wicked Sisters.
* BigBadFriend: Jean [[spoiler: pretends that he]] becomes this in the prologue.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Though both Jean and Locke are poisoned, Locke tricks Jean into taking the antidote (they only have enough for one person), and Jean has lost the woman he loved.]]
* BrainsAndBrawn: Zig-zagged. Jean is clearly the brawn, but also has the better book education of the two and is shown to plan and execute perfectly workable heists of his own. However, he lacks Locke's genius when it comes to planning, and is not as good at thinking on his feet when the plan deteriorates.
* CarryingTheAntidote: [[spoiler: Though he only carried enough for one person.]]
* DisappearedDad: Paolo and Cosetta Drakasha's father is never so much as mentioned in passing.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Locke admits that even {{Wretched Hive}}s like Camorr or Tal Verrar would not allow the game of HumanChess in Salon Corbeau, where the piece-actors are routinely beaten, sometimes to death.
* ExactWords: In Port Prodigal, Captains Drakasha and Rance decide to have a drinking contest to see whose crew gets to sit at the high table of the [[BadGuyBar Tattered Crimson]]. The only terms are that the loser will be the "first on her ass" and that Rance has to take her first drink "Syrune-fashion". In other words, through her eyes as Drakasha throws her own drink in Rance's face shortly before socking her in the jaw and thereby knocking her to the floor. Drakasha then drinks from the other cup, but Rance's first mate protests that it wasn't a proper drinking contest. But as Locke, [[spoiler:now a member of Drakasha's crew,]] points out, the terms were met:
-->'''Locke:''' The test ''was'' a drink, and your captain's on her ass.\\
'''First Mate:''' But--\\
'''Locke:''' Your captain should've had the wit to be more specific and she lost.
* GenderIsNoObject: As with other Gentleman Bastard books, women are just as likely to be found in traditionally masculine roles like fighting and ship captaining. In fact, the tradition of the Twelve Gods ''requires'' at least one woman per ship, preferably an officer.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Requin achieves this effect by wearing eyeglasses that glow.
* HowWeGotHere: Every other chapter is a flashback to the events immediately after the first book.
* ICallItVera: Jean's still got the Wicked Sisters
* InMediasRes: ''Red Seas'' starts with Locke and Jean already deep into their plan to cheat their way up into Requin's office.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler: Jean must kill Ezri because she is burned so badly that she is dying in agony]]
* MamaBear: Zamira. Say so much as an unkind word to her children and you will not live to regret it.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: When Ezri is horrifically burned, Jean puts her out of her misery]].
* TheNondescript: Locke is frequently described as skinnier than normal, but he's otherwise very nondescript.
* OutGambitted: The Priori suffer this when they attempt to [[spoiler: kill Locke after he helped get rid of Stragos]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: The sacking of Salon Corbeau definitely qualifies.
* SerialEscalation: Locke's steals [[spoiler: four purses, a knife, two bottles of wine, a pewter mug, a brooch, gold pins, earrings (while they were being ''worn''), a bolt of silk, a box of sweetmeats, two loaves of bread, and the necklace of the mistress of the governor: she ''was'' wearing it at the time. "In the governor's manor.... In the governor's bed.... With the governor sleeping next to her."]]. In four hours. While he was half-''drunk''.
* TemptingFate: While pretending to be pirate captain, Locke and Jean sailing into a storm. Jean confidently asserts that Caldris, and experienced sailor and the only one on the ship who knows that they're faking, will be able to handle it. [[spoiler: And then Caldris staggers in and dies of a heart attack.]]
* TwoFaced: Selendri has terrible burn scars down one side of her face and body.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Requin is described as looking like a puppet put together by a particularly incompetent puppeteer. Selendri was drop-dead gorgeous before a botched hit on Requin left her severely scarred. Their relationship began well before the hit took place, and the two are completely and utterly devoted to each other.
* UnholyMatrimony: Requin and Selendri are quite committed to each other after all these years and mutilations.
* YouDontWantToCatchThis: Locke and Jean pretend to contract Slipskin, which appears akin to leprosy.