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Synopsis: 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.
It took me a little bit less than a month to read this book which for me, is a lot. But it definitely wasn’t because it was bad. When I started this book I had just fallen into a reading slump that lasted a while. For me it is almost impossible to read epic fantasy while in a reading slump. This is definitely a book you need to pay attention to while reading or you will be lost in the world or specific terms.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is situated in Camorr, a city where the extremely rich live as well as the extremely poor. Camorr has two rulers: Duke Nicovante who technically rules over the entire city and Capa Barsavi, who rules The Right People. This story is centered around the Gentleman Bastards, who are Right People -all of the right people are thieves, etc. so not really all that right. Maybe the only thing I missed in this story was a description of the city that would stick with me. Scott Lynch described the areas where the Gentleman Bastards were really well, but I feel like I can’t form a coherent map in my mind of the entire city. But the author described their surroundings well, so you could picture the alley they ere standing in.
The plot was amazing as well. In the beginning I was a bit confused by the interludes. The story is told when Locke and his gang are older already but their are interludes as well, that flash back to time he joined Father Chains’ gang. But after a while I found that the interludes really explain other parts of the story well, parts that might have been confusing otherwise because you’d have no background. At first I wasn’t sure where the plot was going and I felt like not much happened. But it was necessary, because you needed to start their story from the beginning. It picked up fast though, and after almost no time you could see Locke robbing the nobility with his Gentleman Bastards and then the Gray King shows up and everything goes to hell. SO MUCH HAPPENED. And so many people died. Just warning you (;
I loved the story and especially the part of thieves that are deceiving other thieves. Capa Vencarlo Barsavi has the Secret Peace, which means the guards of the city won’t do much if they rob everyone but the nobility. But not for the Gentleman Bastards. They are trained to be robbers of the nobility. They can deceive anyone: they speak different languages, can read, write in different hand writings, fight, and they know how to change their appearance and their posture. It’s great. In the words of Father Chains: “I intend for you to be nothing less than a fucking ballista bolt right through the heart of Vencarlo’s precious Secret Peace.”
The characters are amazing as well. The Gentleman Bastards consist of Calo and Galdo Sanza, Locke Lamora, Jean Tannen, Bug and Sabeth (whom we have never met). Locke Lamora is a born thief: he’s smart and can talk his way out of anything. He’s cunning and runs most of their cons. He’s the genius. Then you have the twins, Calo and Galdo: silver in everything. They can do almost anything required for their cons, are witty and funny and make for the best dialogue! Then there is Jean, the trained muscle -with a hell of a lot of brains as well. He’s Locke’s best friend. Then you have Bug, the youngest and their apprentice. And then there’s Sabetha -who is not present in Camorr at the time of this story.
All of the characters were well written, interesting and had so many different sides to them. I truly loved this book: I loved the plot, the characters, everything. It’s an amazing fantasy novel and I will definitely continue reading the series. I would recommend this to any lover of fantasy. And even if you’ve never really tried reading fantasy, you will probably still love this! (Although it may be a bit much in the beginning).
To conclude this review, I’m going to leave you with this very confusing quote by Bug: “So that makes us robbers of robbers,” said Bug, “who pretend to be robbers working for a robber of other robbers.”
I hope you pick this up if you haven’t yet!