Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Scott Lynch
Publisher/Publication Date: Del Rey, June 26, 2007
Genre: High Fantasy
Format/Source: Mass Market Paperback, Purchased

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Synopsis from Goodreads....

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a ghost that walks through walls. Half the city believes him to be a legendary champion of the poor. The other half believe him to be a foolish myth. Nobody has it quite right.

Slightly built, unlucky in love, and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. He certainly didn't invite the rumors that swirl around his exploits, which are actually confidence games of the most intricate sort. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else, pray tell, would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny of it. All of Locke's gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves, the Gentlemen Bastards.

Locke and company are con artists in an age where con artistry, as we understand it, is a new and unknown style of crime. The less attention anyone pays to them, the better! But a deadly mystery has begun to haunt the ancient city of Camorr, and a clandestine war is threatening to tear the city's underworld, the only home the Gentlemen Bastards have ever known, to bloody shreds. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends will find both their loyalty and their ingenuity tested to the breaking point as they struggle to stay alive... 

My Thoughts:

This book has been on my radar for a long time. I purchased my copy a while ago but just never got around to reading it until recently. I am glad that I took the time to sit down and get to it because I’ve been missing out. It was absolutely fantastic from start to finish, with many characters that fell way into the morally gray area, but were well-developed. Plus, their story was downright interesting.

In short: Honesty takes a backseat in the world of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch—especially when Locke was involved.

The title says it all. The book was about lies and a group of thieves who were about to pull off their biggest hit yet. Combined with a fantasy setting, well, the concept was just really cool and made for one heck of a story. Locke is one of my favorite characters, he makes mistakes, he's greedy, and he's just a downright unscrupulous character. The story revolves around him and his fellow partners in crime as they get wrapped up in the troubles plaguing Camorr’s seedy underworld.

The story was done so well that despite the length, it was full of action and tension mixed with the right amount of mystery. Oh, and not to forget the heist, that was good too. One of my favorite parts was the dynamic surrounding the sort-of-peace between the “Right People” and the ruling/wealthy class of Camorr. It was an interesting set-up. Another thing that this book does well is show how quickly situations can change—how even the best laid plans still have room for error.

At the end of the day, The Lies of Locke Lamora was a great fantasy novel and a new favorite. I still have some questions, so I definitely want to check out Red Seas Under Red Skies when I get the chance.

Rating 5/5

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