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.
©2008 Scott Lynch; (P)2009 Tantor
"With a world so vividly realized that it's positively tactile, and characters so richly drawn that they threaten to walk right off the page, this is one of those novels that reaches out and grabs readers." (Booklist)
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This book has everything I normally enjoy in a modern fantasy; morally grey protagonist, dark corners of society, action, no boring nobility worship/endless politics. So I should have loved this, but something about the story just didn't grab me. The characters are all well developed and generally interesting, but I just couldn't get emotionally attached to any of them or to the plot. I found the planning of the scams to be interesting, but the excecution didn't seem to pay off emotionally. Maybe it's because the victims were generally not bad people, sure they're rich and somewhat self-absorbed but I never felt like they needed their just deserts so to speak. There are evil villans certainly, but their not the victims of cons exactly. I think if the author wants to write about conmen, you need to feel like the marks are getting what they deserved. Also it seems like authors of modern fantasy aren't happy until they arbitrarily kill off half of the character's that you've grown attached to. After reading several books lately where this is the case it feels like a cheap ploy to make the story seem dramatic.
That being said this isn't a bad book, at no point did I feel it ventured into that dreaded "waste of a credit" territory. However, I did find myself searching audible for new audiobooks before I finished the story(with a great audiobook I don't even log into audible until it's done, and then its to search for sequels)
It might just be a case of my generation Y desensitized mentality but I didn't really notice the profanity until perusing the reviews and seeing that it bothered some people. But really, its adult modern fantasy about thieves and conmen, do you expect to hear the King's English??
One thing I should mention, I bought the sequel "Red Seas Under Red Skies" so It was good enough for me to want a second helping. And the sequel is better, much more humor mixed in with adventure, but still somewhat lacking. Lame can't use paragraphs anymore in reviews?
I must warn you now. If you buy this audiobook, you will end up buying all three in the series. I first read this series in October and immediately fell in love. Having had so much fun reading the adventures of the Gentlemen Bastards, I was a bit hesitant about buying the audible version. Little did I know, that this series was born to be told by none other than Michael Page. He brings a new life to every character, and his accent adds to the humor and richness this series deserves. Unlike many fantasy books, you will find yourself hooked right from the beginning, and then wonder how on earth you are already almost done with the third book.
The story takes place in a thieving city called Camorr, which in a sense is sort of like a medieval Venice. Though that sounds sort of historical, this world is very unique, and Scott Lynch adds a lot of culture, history, and mythology that makes the world completely its own. Once you begin the book, it will introduce the protagonist of the story, Locke Lamora. What a cool name, right? Then once the story gets going it begins to alternate between the upbringing and training of Locke, to the present, which is the current ingenious con of the Gentlemen Bastards.
Buy this audiobook now, and it will quickly work its way into your favorites.
To me it is like ocean eleven in a different era which is an entertaining concept in itself. The con and lies are funny as well as entertaining and they are delivered by narrator in a way that will make readers laugh. Where, at the same time, the realities of crime and punishment will make reader will feel for the characters. There is supernatural aspect as well in the book, but it is subtle and powerful which make things really interesting. This is Scott???s first book, and I hope he continue to deliver in this fashion. I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up listening to it several times. It is sharp, witty and at times surprisingly dark book. Michael Page is just right for this type of book. To me he Michael has just the right range and tone for this type of book. I hope that someday this book inspire a big screen movie.
This book was interesting. The banter and dialog is great, the characters are fantastic and the writing is just alright, but my God it's slow.
I picked up this book 2 years ago due to the glowing reviews, but found it so hard to read or care for the characters, let alone enjoy it. So I dropped it after reading the first quarter or so, which I rarely do.
2 years after that failed attempt, I again came across the great reviews and comparisons to the Kingkiller Chronicles. So I decided to give it another try.
On the second attempt, I found the first two thirds of the book so slow and difficult to read I constantly wondered why I was doing this to myself. But things started to get interesting in the last third of the book. And the ending was definitely satisfying.
Was the ending worth it? I think that's a personal preference. My own is that it wasn't worth the torture I endured during the first 2 thirds. Suffice it to say, this will be my first and last book in the series.
Michael Page took a bit to get used to, but he was fantastic.
The story of thieves builds over time to create a vivid setting and lovable characters. The narrator is also top notch giving life to the book.
This is an amazing read for any fantasy fan.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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First hour is pretty good, though a rip off of Charles Dickens. In the second hour we meet the eyeless priest and that is good. then the Gentlemen Bastards make plans, and make plans and make plans. They talk about their plans and they talk about their plans, etc... There is a lot of telling with very little doing, which makes it hard to get invested in the characters. I don't know, maybe it was over my head, but once again I disagree with the majority.
Page is pretty good. He basically has about four voices, but his reading is flawless and he does not need voices.
If you love Alexander Dumas, you will love this.
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Gentleman Bastards is now amongst A Song of Ice and Fire and Kingkiller Chronicles as one of my favorite series (fantasy or otherwise) I've ever listened to. This is complex, adult fantasy and right up my alley. The narrator is a blast, particularly as Chains.
I take my 1 credit/month very seriously and spend hours and days reading reviews to make sure I get the most enjoyable experience possible. I would have gladly spent 3 or more credits for this book and each of the rest in the Gentleman Bastards series. I need more!
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It took a while to get used to the back-and-forth in time rhythm. After I got used to that, I just couldn't stop listening. The plot is so intricate, and the characters both endearing and infuriating. I can't wait to listen to the next book!
This is far and away the most enjoyable audiobook I've encountered. The narrator is simply amazing, and absolutely perfect for this book. When he speaks, I can fully imagine every detail. When he switches characters, I can picture their faces. The story of the Gentlemen Bastards is a fantastic, fun, gritty, and compelling. The Gentlemen Bastards are the Ocean's 11 of Mr. Lynch's fantasy world.The language is harsh, witty, and real. Not recommended for the overly pious or easily offended.
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