“Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch’s first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining.”—The Times (London)
An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
Praise for The Lies of Locke Lamora
“Fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized.”—George R. R. Martin
“Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
“A unique fantasy milieu peopled by absorbing, colorful characters . . . Locke’s wit and audacity endear him to victims and bystanders alike.”—The Seattle Times
“A true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf . . . Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens.”—Booklist (starred review)
“High-octane fantasy . . . a great swashbuckling yarn of a novel.”—Richard Morgan
Life imitates art and art scams life in Lynch's debut, a picaresque fantasy that chronicles the career of Locke Lamora orphan, thief and leader of the Gentlemen Bastards from the time the Thiefmaker sells Locke to the faking Eyeless Priest up to Locke's latest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr. As in any good caper novel, the plot is littered with obvious and not-so-obvious obstacles, including the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider and the mysterious assassinations of gang leaders by the newly arrived Gray King. Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all. The villain holds the best moral justification of any of the players. Lynch provides plenty of historical and cultural information reminiscent of new weirdists Steven Erikson and China Mi ville, if not quite as outr . The only drawback is that the realistic fullness of the background tends to accentuate the unreality of the melodramatic foreground.
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An excellent start
I really enjoyed this story, it was engaging amd suspenseful, funny and at times heartbreakingly sad.
Sadly a Disappointment
A waste of good character development for a plot that is lazily tied together in the last third of the book and a climax mainly driven by characters that we have no reason to care about since most of the setup is spent on characters that get killed off with no payoff and without doing anything useful. Not a heist book, barely even a thief book considering how little it matters by the end of the story. Not to mention that the author wastes your time with endless flashbacks that are supposed to develop the “important” characters, until they start killing off those characters to the point that the only ones left to do anything for the plot are barely developed at all, and the flashbacks feel like nothing more than a cheap ploy to make me feel like it matters when that character gets immediately gutted in the next chapter. Frankly I don’t even want to read any other books by this author considering how disappointed I am about this one. The world had a lot of potential.
Tyrion Lannister + Kvothe = Locke Lamora
This book was fantastic. Lynch does a great job of making you invested in his plots and his characters. For me, having read ASOIAF and The Kingkiller Chronicles before reading this, I feel Locke Lamora’s character is like Tyrion and Kvothe all rolled into one. I enjoyed the flow of this book’s magic system, and history. Present day Camorri society is the initial focus, but as the book progresses, Lynch opens up this world to the reader through flashbacks and asides.
Also this books hilarious, and gritty at times. I loved it, and I’m excited to start Book 2: “Red Skies Under Red Seas”.