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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 uick 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 priestA 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 stingPassing 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 powerful — and 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


10 thoughts on “The Lies of Locke Lamora

  1. says:

    My legs are so toned from climbing the stairs back to a higher moral ground after reading this book but I would still throw the version of myself who hasn’t picked it up sooner down a set of stairs because this was the most fun I had in a while why did I deprive myself of it? So what's this book about? The Lies of Locke Lamora not so delicately traces the path back to the past of Locke Lamora beginning with The Thiefmaker who—after waking up to the realization that the Lamora orphan could be underestimated only at great peril to one’s health—sells him to Chains the faking Eyeless Priest Chains takes Locke under his criminal wing in what could only be considered a spectacular act of deathbed vengeance and for years he represses Locke’s unrelenting—and oftentimes fatal—capacity for conniving and instead guides him into cultivating a keenly honed ability to bullshit wide eyed and plausibly and at the drop of a hat Then it travels back to the present day where Locke and his band of oddly pleasant crazy thieves are in the midst of their latest—and biggest—con of the nobility of the land of CamorrWith each successful con fate’s bowstring seems to be drawing taut and Locke—heck even the reader—is waiting for the moment when all hell breaks loose For many pages hell seems content to stay bounduntil Camorr’s long dark time tracks Locke down The newly arrived Gray King is assassinating gang leaders and the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider is hunting down LockeThe city of Camorr has upended the board and Locke Lamora is one of the scattered pieces Locke soon finds out that one can only get so far on their aptitude to bullshit alone “Someday Locke Lamora” he said “someday you’re going to fuck up so magnificently so ambitiously so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee And I just hope I’m still around to see it” “Oh please” said Locke “It’ll never happen” The Lies of Locke Lamora is like a grown up version of Six of Crows with an enduring sense of larcenous fun a torrent of polysyllabic profanity and dark madcap humor but to my eternal dismayless women And while Kaz Brekker comes off as a grizzled hard bitten 40 year old black and white film noir anti hero crammed into the body of a teenager Locke Lamora is pretty much the oppositeand with much chillThe story runs non linearly jumping back and forth between the past and the present and shades in between The effect was disorienting at first as the story sometimes overspills the bounds of its plot and I would often find myself drifting between intrigued and indifferent But uick as a magician’s sleight of hand The Lies of Locke Lamora knocks the bottom out of that casual disinterest within a handful of chapters A reader’s mileage may of course vary on this pointThose uibbles aside there's a great deal to enjoy in The Lies of Locke Lamora The world of Camorr is solidly crafted and bursting with detail and the vivid oftentimes violent action unfolds slowly propelled by political machinations and anchored in complex character development It's heavy stuff full of blood and murder and a terrible clear eyed certainty that Locke’s reckoning had finally come but it's leavened by the snarking banter between the leads Seriously this book is hilariousThe Lies of Locke Lamora also has magic in bounds and mysteries by the minute and the best part is that just when you think you've seen the explosion and let your guard down a little another one happens There are moments of victory where I whooped with joy and there are moments of absolute terror where everything seems as though it will fall apart And I think this book works because Locke is such an interesting character and the author constantly keeps you off guard as to his truths and intentI also loved how the author never takes the easy way out He puts many obstacles both physical and emotional in the characters’ path tortures the hell out of them and makes them better characters for it Locke is one brilliant son of a bitch—he seems unthreatening and eccentric until one understood what deep power lay behind his frail facade However he’s not beyond going under pulled along by currents he can’t control and do not understand carried out to a larger unknown sea And I think that’s where this book was successful than Six of Crows the world did not always bend to Locke Lamora it did not always fit into his order of things and that felt a lot realistic “To us — richer and cleverer than everyone else”  I personally think this was a triumph of a novel I never know where Lynch is going to take us in this world of thieves and blood and revenge but I am than happy to continue along the journey with him✨ wishlist ✨ blog ✨ twitter ✨ tumblr ✨


  2. says:

    Back when I was first published people made a lot of comparisons between me and Scott Lynch The sentiment was mostly along the lines of Pat Rothfuss is the next Scott Lynch Here's the thing Lies of Lock Lamora had come out almost exactly a year before my first book The Name of the Wind It was Scott's first book the first in a fantasy series The world was gritty and real and it had knocked everyone over with how good it was So I knew it was a flattering comparison but at the time I was kinda irked by it I remember thinking Why do I have to be the next Scott Lynch? Why can't I just be the first Pat Rothfuss? I'll probably be a lot better at that I've got way experience at it if nothing else Years later I finally got around to reading Lies and enjoyed it I saw that it was a clever book and gritty with a cool world And there was an orphan boy in it who was a witty mouthy thief A while after that I met Scott and really liked him as well So I let go of what little residual irritation I had not that there was very much Fast forward to now This last week I started re reading Lies and I was absolutely fucking stunned by how good it is The construction of it The language The world The cleverness The wit There is nothing I don't like in this book Seriously Okay Fine One tiny tiny uibble Even so do you know how rare it is for me to say that? Right now in the full flush of this second reading I think Lies is probably in e in my top ten favorite books ever Maybe my top fiveIt's not really fair to compare the two books They're different styles Different subjects Different worlds That said here's the things that The Lies of Locke Lamora does better than The Name of the Wind 1 The beginning of his book is stronger than mine Seriously 50 pages into my book you'll have reached the point where someone is starting to actually tell a story 50 pages into Lies you know the main character and are halfway into a fucking heist 2 His title is better than mine Don't get me wrong The Name of the Wind is a good title it's the right title for my book But The Lies of Lock Lamora that's a faboo title right there And his series title is better than mine too Gentleman Bastard beats Kingkiller Chronicles hands down 3 His cussing is better than mine Not in real life In real life I cuss like a sailor But the language in my books is pretty genteel and tame In Lies Lynch's low life street thugs are vulgarian virtuosos This might seem like a little thing but it's not It builds the world It shows character It helps make the story feel truly perfectly grubby and real Here it is in a nutshell When I was first published I was irritated when people compared me to Scott Lynch Only now do I realize how huge a compliment I was being given If you haven't read it you should If you have read it you should probably read it again


  3. says:

    So I was surprised to discover we owned this book since it's a very well known book but nobody in my house had ever mentioned it to meTurns out my wife bought it tried it found it too slow and gave up I've convinced her to give it another goI enjoyed Locke Lamora and his lies uite a bit Immediately I liked the writing which combines wit with solid prose Like my wife I hit a bit of a soft patch early on though for me it was that I was finding the point of view very 'surface' sharing almost nothing of Locke's thoughts or desires leaving him a bit of a blank Lots of fantasy fans uite like a blank to project themselves onto but I'm not one of them Fortunately Locke's personality continued to develop and the point of view seemed to settle a little deeper into him as things progressedThe real strengths of the book are the plotting the dialogue and the atmosphere The dialogue banter brings the Gentlemen Bastards to life the plotting keeps the reader on their toes and the city is very well imaginedI was surprised to find that the light hearted tone set primarily by the banter between Locke's gang actually allows a slew of uite dark themesscenes to slide past with less impact than they might have The child prostitution the gruesome torture scenes and the mutilation dealt out by our hero are all absent in my own début which is often called out for being very darkIn any event I found it to be a rewarding read well written and entertaining I'd recommend any fantasy fan to give it a try Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #prizes


  4. says:

    DNF I dunno maybe I'll try again at a later date This is strange because it wasn't because I didn't like this book but that I didn't have any drive to finish it I had no connection with any of the characters and I found myself not caring about the story either5 Years laterPast Regan was so wrong this book was SO GOOD


  5. says:

    I have a Booktube channel now Subscribe here Lies of Locke Lamora is a double fuckdamn for me First for postponing reading this book for such a long time Second Scott Lynch’s capability to successfully craft such an incredible debut exceeded my expectations “There’s no freedom uite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated” Together with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Malice by John Gwynne The Lies of Locke Lamora—the first book in the Gentleman Bastard seuence—has become one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read so far This and the other debuts I just mentioned are completely different from each other in terms of content and writing style but uality wise they’re all the same exceptionally stunningPicture The Lies of Locke Lamora by Edward MillerIn The Lies of Locke Lamora we follow a group of elite con artists called the Gentleman Bastards Led by their leader Locke Lamora the infamous Thorn of Camorr the story begins with the gang trying to pull off the biggest heist they ever attempted This heist as you can probably predict eventually lead them into something much bigger and dangerous than what they’ve signed up for There was no shortage of dark humor and profane langue thrown around and at first this might cause you into thinking that this is a light hearted book But as the story progressed the tone of the story increasingly turned darker and the complexity of the storyline improved; the intensity of the plot grew gradually towards reaching a marvelous climax seuence Eually plot and character driven Lynch has created a multi layered narrative within his unforgettable debut and every recipe reuired for a compelling heist fantasy was fulfilled I personally think that The Lies of Locke Lamora could and would’ve worked magnificently as one standalone novel If Lynch had decided to not continue the series after this I honestly would’ve been satisfied with what I’ve read here and I also would’ve called this one of the greatest standalone novels—with no seuels—of all time However knowing that the Gentleman Bastard seuence is planned to be a seven book series I will rejoice and cheers to that fucking grand menu We’re only at the appetizer here we still have a full course to look forward to and the taste has been spectacularly delicious already “You're one third bad intentions one third pure avarice and one eighth sawdust What's left I'll credit must be brains” The storytelling structure is arranged in a slightly similar fashion to The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss This doesn’t mean there’s a chronicler in the present timeline writing Locke Lamora’s life here but the narrative did shifts between the present and the past timeline However contrary to The Kingkiller Chronicle the jumping back and forth between two timelines definitely happened freuently within The Lies of Locke Lamora The Interludes sections function as the past timelines and these Interludes occurred at the end of almost every chapter I loved the Interludes chapters; Lynch used the Interludes sections to terrifically cultivate the character’s background personality and developments And to sweeten things even further several aspects of the world building were also explored within these chapters The juxtaposition of these two timelines created a superlative result in bringing a superbly written story enhanced by incredibly addictive pacing Seriously the relatively slow start to the novel signified the calm before the storm; after one hundred pages it was pretty much impossible for me to stop reading as the plot thickens I actually read three hundred pages of the book within a day right after I got back from work Sleeping hours were sacrificed and did I regret it? No I’ll gladly do it again on my future reread of this bookPicture The Lies of Locke Lamora French edition cover artThe Gentleman Bastards is one of the most lovable gangs I ever had the pleasure of knowing out of every storytelling medium The six individuals trained by Father Chains that formed this group consists of Locke Lamora the garristaleader of the group Jean Tannen the brute Calo and Galdo Sanza the jack of all trades identical twins Bug the overlooked young apprentice and Sabetha she didn’t make an appearance in this book were characters that made me feel invested in their journey Their genius scheming their engaging interactions and the wholesome brotherhood they have with each other was immensely entertaining Just within the first one hundred pages I was already head over heels with these characters Laughing while reading a high fantasy novel can be considered a rare occasion for me and these characters managed to pull that off several times throughout the whole book with their amazingly humorous banter I was going to put a uote here but I think it would be better for you to read and find out by yourself; they’re all goldenPicture The Lies of Locke Lamora Japanese edition cover artOne brilliant thing to note—among many—about Lynch’s prose is the creativity in profanity There’s a myriad of swearing cursed words and mockery I never even had the imagination to ever think of; this book is pretty much filled with them I personally loved them; they were elouent full of sass and highly appropriate for the overall story and setting of the book Profanity included I found Lynch’s prose in every factor of the book to be intricate and well delivered; the heists the brutal actions the dialogues the politics and the settings were all vivid in my mind’s eye “We’re a different sort of thief here Lamora Deception and misdirection are our tools We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much ” I can’t stress this highly enough the world building was brilliantly detailed The setting in The Lies of Locke Lamora takes place in the city of Camorr a city inspired by medieval Venice with its canals and Falselight—lights that illuminate the city during a period of the night The setting mixed with elements of high fantasy was gorgeous and breathtaking With the addition of the bloody history of Camorr the stylish fashions plus the intricate description of food liuors appearances and tastes Lynch did a fantastic job in bringing the world building and the city of Camorr to life Being in Camorr with these characters played a huge factor in why I’m enad with this book and I will definitely revisit this place again in the futurePicture The Lies of Locke Lamora Chinese edition cover artI could probably end this review by telling you that this book is overrated or maybe I could tell you that it didn’t meet my expectation but these statements would belong in a gallery of blasphemy called The Lies of Petrik Leo Truthfully speaking this cleverly crafted book deserves all the fame and praise it has received and The Lies of Locke Lamora is effortlessly one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read simple as that It will be difficult for the rest of the series to top this one but I'm definitely eager to find out I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of the series will continue to awe me with the same uality of ingenious content that never fails to steal my attention from cover to cover here I absolutely recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora to every reader of adult high fantasy Original engrossing emotional and devastatingly impactful; this extremely well written tale of avarice and brotherhood is a treasure of gold and you will want your share of it “To us — richer and cleverer than everyone else” You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping | Bookshop Support Local Bookstores You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Alya Annabeth Devin Diana Hamad Jimmy Nutts Joie Michelle Mike Miracle Nicholas Zoe


  6. says:

    Ocean's Eleven was great and everything but know what would've made it cooler? If the setting had been during the late middle ages possibly the Renaissance Better yet a fantasy world version of the Renaissance with an intricate system of magic and a complex set of political conspiracies to add some flair And what if the city was built upon the ruins of an earlier city and the earlier city was built by some enigmatic science fiction creatures that have since disappeared? And if instead of a handsome tepid and understated George Clooney in the lead we had a short guy who can't swordfight a whit and has a bit of an anger management issue? And he drops unexpected one liners that make you literally laugh out loud while you're in the breakroom at work and suddenly everyone is looking at you like you're psycho? What if the character went to the Mel Gibson school of Masochism reuiring he gets beat to a bloody pulp and stabbed and drowned in horse urineoh I don't knowseveral times per story arc? How about this character we'll call him Locke is absolutely fallible and occasionally screws up on a cosmic level? The kind of screw up that would get someone less clever killed in mere seconds? And what if improbably this protagonist somehow escapes and still in a manner of speaking wins? That sounds like fun But it COULD end up a little predictable So the author should be a recent graduate of the George R R Martin School of Bumping Off Prominent Characters Yes these schools do exist And the con game Locke is building should hit tons of snags that continue raising the stakes and drawing in new dangerous characters increasing the risk until you just can't stop reading even to put out house fires for the last couple hundred pages And then when somehow the Gentlemen Bastards emerge on the other side coated in their own blood and the blood of others triumphant you put the book down and say Wow Further How about even though the book is the first book in a ridiculously long series this hypothetical book is a complete story For those of you who read a lot of Very Long Fantasy Serieses this may be a foreign concept It may help to wiki the words climax and resolution When you finish this one you aren't forced to keep reading in order to find out how the conflict is resolved You actually know That sounds pretty cool Well it is cool It is witty profane violent over the top and freuently hilarious I can't believe this is Scott Lynch's first novel and I can't wait to read This is an incredibly fun adventure novel Find yourself a copy and read it


  7. says:

    locke lamora could rob me of all im worth and i would literally get down on my knees and thank him for the honour he is the most deceptively clever enticingly cunning and gentlemanly bastard i have ever read and i cant get enough of him or his crew you guys this story is unreal its so morally wrong that you dont even want it to be right its that luring that gritty that bold its masterfully chaotic so many subplots so many characters so much world building theres never a dull momentits intricately woven no movement no scene no word is insignificant everything is so interconnected on so many levels i straight up got chills in some parts its darkly humorous oh my gosh the banter the jokes the uips the characters are so well written and their interactions are always memorablemy only minor critiue would be the lack of central female characters this is a bunch of lads lads lads and thats fine but it would have been nice to have a constant womanly presence one is alluded to freuently so i hope she comes into play in the seuel but other than that this story is practically brilliant in every way possible ↠ 45 stars


  8. says:

    25 starsmaybe a full 3?I'm having such a hard time with how I feel about this bookI was looking for another fantasyheist book like The Palace Job and The Lies of Locke Lamora has so many great reviews that I thought it would be an easy win for meEhhh Yes and no But mostly noLet me be the first to admit that the problems I had with this one?Well they might be exactly why every other reader loved it It took me forever to get through this It felt like years went by while I tried to get to The Good Stuff I know that a lot of you love books that give detailed descriptions of the character's surroundings I know I know I knowPlease for the love of God don't spam my review thread with your comments on how I just don't understand the beauty of the lush world Lynch builtI most certainly do understand but I don't enjoy reading about what material a character's coat is made out of unless it will somehow be relevant later on in the storyHere's my rule on this sort of thingUnless the fact that the gently swaying purple flower's fragrance made WhoTheFuckEver dosayremember something important that will move the plot forward?Well then I don't even need to know that there was a fucking purple flowerAnd yes I do like the world I'm reading about to feel complete and real but there's only so much I can personally takeThis book tested my patienceThere was so muchjust irrelevant crap on every page that I started skimming in earnest by the 50% mark I hate skimming because I always think I'm going to miss something but I had to do it or I would never have finishedAnother thing that bothered me were all the fucking flashbacksBecause EVERY TIME shit would start to get interesting you'd have to go back and read about their childhoods That would have been fine if all of these flashbacks were interesting They weren'tIt was a 5050 split between relevant stories of their past and boring bullshit filler that had a speck of pertinent information SoThe core of the story is clever funny charming heart wrenching and funonce you scrape away about half of the wordsI mean the plot would easily have made this a 5 star book for me EASILYIt's well written it's lovely it made me feel thingsBut when I went to reuest the next book I found myself sort of shuddering at the thought of slogging through any of these guys' adventuresI'm not the kind of reader who can truly enjoy this kind of book but maybe you are? There are lots of glowing reviews for this one so take my opinion with a grain of salt


  9. says:

    It's not often I read a book that makes me forget I'm a writer too This one succeeded madly It stole hours of sleep It wrapped me in cozy myth It gave me the blessing of feeling like a kid again snuggled up with a book wondering how the hell 10pm became 4am Find Buy Consume


  10. says:

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is a love child of Ocean's Eleven and The Godfather With blood deaths betrayals money and drowning in horse urine With a shtload of non PG humor All for the price of one And it's SO GOOD “Some day Locke Lamora” he said “some day you’re going to fuck up so magnificently so ambitiously so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee And I just hope that I’m still around to see it” Warning If you are not a fan of strong language you should back away slowly from this book It gleefully takes the f bombs and casually throws them around But as the author has mentioned before foul language is the least issue of this book full of violence blood and drowning in horse piss Regardless consider yourselves warned Add the above together and you have Camorr A lovely place to raise children Locke Lamora our lovable antihero would like you to believe he's nothing than a petty thief Well not so much He is the Thorn of Camorr puling one heist after another on the unsuspecting secure in their birth nobles of his medieval Venice like city Until one day he gets in way over his head There are plenty of people who would love to see him dead if they could ever figure out who the hell he is There’s no freedom uite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated Locke Lamora is a Gentleman Bastard who doesn't care much about becoming rich So why does he steal on a truly grandiose scale? Of course because it's heaps of fucking fun And because he is not a fan of nobles feeling invincible just because they are nobles He loves being a Thorn in their side and giving them the taste of their own medicine Sometimes I think this whole city was put here simply because the gods must adore crime Pickpockets rob the common folk merchants rob anyone they can dupe Capa Barsavi robs the robbers and the common folk the lesser nobles rob nearly everyone and Duke Nicovante occasionally runs off with his army and robs the shit out of Tal Verarr or Jerem not to mention what he does to his own nobles and his common folk” Locke is a proverbial smartass He is stubborn clever and disrespectful Basically he has a knack for attracting trouble After all someone has already paid for his death before Locke even turned eight He is not so great with weapons unless you count wits sheer tenacity and enormous disrespect for authority What he IS great with is friendship He gets by with a little help from his friends so to say “I don't have to beat you I don't have to beat you motherfucker I just have to keep you here until Jean shows up” Locke Lamora has only one BERSERK BUTTON unless you also count a certain redhead DONOTMESSWITHHISFRIENDS Seriously you don't want Locke Lamora pissed at you view spoilerJust ask the Gray King hide spoiler