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 ...
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 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 ...
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The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book in Scott Lynch's THE GENTLEMAN BASTARD SEQUENCE. I was not familiar with Lynch, but the book sounded interesting and I made a decision to give it a try. Lynch's character development in this fantasy had me hooked in the Prologue. His skill at creating characters is reminiscent of Robert Heinlein's and I can give no higher compliment than that.
The characters are introduced in early childhood when they are trained to be extremely skillful thieves and continues through to early adulthood in a world whose technology is equivalent to our late Medieval period. To say their lives and adventures are engrossing is a gross understatement.
The second and third books of the sequence, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves, are also in print and the fourth is due out in June, 2015. I am eagerly awaiting its release.
Feb 23, 2012
So much fun.
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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