The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (2006)

Series: Gentleman Bastard #1

499 pages

Goodreads Summary: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…

An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying…

I’ve had this book on my TBR for ages and after Sarah at Sarah Says Read raved about it, I just had to read it.  So I added it to my list of Bout of Books readathon books and ended up enjoying it quite a bit.  However, I will say it was quite long and seemed to take forever to get through so it wouldn’t make the best readathon book.

This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting.  I don’t usually read fantasy and I did find some of the world building a little difficult to follow and it wasn’t all my cup of tea.  That being said, I really enjoyed the hijinks of the characters and all the cons they were running.  It was quite clever and entertaining in places, although I found the exciting and fast-paced parts were mixed in with other parts that didn’t hold my attention.

If you’re a fantasy fan, then you’ll probably like this book.  If you aren’t that into fantasy but love reading about thieves and running cons, this book might be entertaining but there are better books more suited to your tastes than this one.

It’s been a while since I read it so it’s not all that fresh in my mind.  I just remember it dragging on and on because it’s so long.  I remember some parts quite fondly and others not so much because there was quite a bit of violence and graphic descriptions.  The writer does an excellent job though because I could imagine things so vividly.  I’m not sure if I’ll continue on with the series and, if I do, it probably won’t be for a while because I’m just not a huge fan of super long books.

Still, I’m so glad I read this book and I was so happy when I finally completed it.  If the premise sounds intriguing then I’d recommend it and maybe it will read much faster for you than it did for me.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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