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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Scott Lynch has created a unique and fascinating world full of wonderful creations such as a crime boss who rules his empire from a houseboat, his little daughter who sits on his lap drinking ale and kicking subordinates with her steel-toed boots, a blind priest who begs for alms and eats gourmet meals off fine plates in his luxurious cellar, noblemen who live in glowing glass towers, a blood-sucking rose garden, alcoholic oranges, and women who fight jumping man-eating sharks for sport. This is truly entertaining stuff!
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.
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.
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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!
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.
DO NOT, pay any attention to the people who don't even read the book and then pan it.
Give me a break!!
And, yes there is a lot of cursing. THEY ARE THIEVES and murders, for God's sake! If you don't like cursing, don't read the book, but don't pan it because you don't like cursing.
This book is special, the characters are rich, complex, and oh so human. There is profound brotherly love, commitment, desire, and hate all wrapped in a beautiful story that rivals anything out there.
Kudos to Scott Lynch!
I can't wait for Red Seas Under Red Skies to come out on audiobook.
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