They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his ...Read MoreThey say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards. Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it's a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city. But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa's power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming. A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King. Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr. As for Locke Lamora ...Read Less
It's 's smart, it's funny, and it's so well written.
Looking forward to the movie.
Jun 4, 2009
Oceans 11+ Fantasy!!!
One of the most fun books in fantasy in a decade. The main character is a smoothe con man who has a team of criminals that steal from the wealthiest in his fantasy megalopolis. Then he gets tangled up in events that will impact the entire city. The scope and creativity of this book rival those of China Mieville, but with characters that are actually FUN.
Oct 11, 2007
A Good Read
This is a tricky book to review. It is an interesting plot with shifts in between the past and the present that turns this book in to a bit of a caper. The characters are all interesting and often hilarious. My only warning is that Mr. Lynch is not afraid of a body count. He can often be brutal in his decisive ends to his characters and I don't know if happy ending is the correct term for this book. An awesome story, very readable but pretty close to heart wrenching.
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