The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves  - Scott Lynch Perhaps my expectations were set too high thanks to the first two books in this series.
I think the author could have cut out completely all the back story regarding the putting on the play - it was boring and found myself skimming these sections. There were plenty of other ways to tell us Locke's back story without this element.
The story itself was a bit of a grind to read. I slogged through but felt let down by the whole book from the first page to the last. Needed more spark, more intrigue, more layers of deception.