Red Seas begins a couple of years after the end of Lies, though throughout the book Lynch continues with his customary flashbacks, showing what Locke and Jean were up to between the end of the first book and the beginning of the second. The issue I had with Red Seas is that while certain things from Lies are still 'haunting' our main characters, generally they have set aside what happened to them in favor of continuing their basic thievery.
WARNING: *MINOR* SPOILERS AHEAD!
And from there, things get more convoluted. They may have set aside much of what occurred in the first book, but the Bondsmagi haven't. That in and of itself would have been a good development, except for the fact that it leads Locke and Jean into a life of...piracy?
Listen, I love pirate tales as much as the next person (okay, probably more, since I worked at Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney World), but I just don't think that this particular type of plot had any business in this series. Not to mention the fact that it spans hundreds of pages, and in the end doesn't really further Locke and Jean's story lines.
That said, I still love these characters, and I did enjoy most of the book, even if so much of it didn't seem to fit into the series as a whole. Thankfully this time things weren't wrapped up quite so tidily as they were in Lies of Locke Lamora, and I'm already itching to read the next book! 3.5/5 stars.