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)
I just love this book! It's funny, clever and vividly written.
Michael Page's voice is perfectly suited for the tone of the book.
Seriously, this is one of the best books written since the Count of Monte Cristo.
Don't miss it!
While the story is enjoyable and is a good example of pure escapism, it could have done with tighter editing.
Had the book been say 10% shorter and skipped some of the occasional wanderings into slightly unnecessary back story and contained 1 or 2 less plot twists then would have been a 4 star listen.
Yes to those who like escapist fiction - would make a great vacation listen.
The narrator's performance is a bit over the top theatrically, but its actually perfect for the story. A mix of Charles Dickens and Shakespearian drama in the performance.
There is already a sequel, although this book has a neat ending so listeners can either enjoy this story in its own right or continue on to the next chapter in Locke Lamora's story.
This is a fun escapist listen. While its genre is fantasy this is really a heist / con-artist story set in a Venice-like medieval city.
There are several instances of laugh out loud dialogue and the author certainly has a way with words when it comes to describing the crude and unpleasant!
Also no dragons, dwarves, elves, Wizards, Warriors, castles or other tired fantasy cliches to be found here.
Absolutely, I already have, although they are not into audio books. The book is just one worth sharing.
"The Lies of Locke Lamora," is really unlike any other book I've read before. The only series I find it possibly similar to is maybe an adult version of the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Both are set in a fictional world where the main characters must conjure up incredible schemes to wiggle out of unlikely situations and both books are absolutely incredible!
I have never before listened to any of Michael Pages other performances, but I would defiantly consider based on the performance in "Locke Lamora."
Anytime the Gentlemen Bastards stood up for each other or acted as one really touched me by how close they all are although they are not all related.
This book is a true cliff hanger from start to end that will keep you guessing what will occur around every turn! Locke is a genius mastermind with a knack for getting into (and out of) trouble. Unfortunately, nothing could prepare him for his next big scheme. I admired really getting to play around with his thought processes and hearing them develop. I also came to greatly appreciate his mastery of problem solving using whatever resources he had available. His trickery is admirable to say the absolute least. As a side note this is defiantly not a kids book. It is adult fiction. There are many uses of bad language and graphic descriptive scenes. These do not hurt the books quality at all, in fact I found them to make the book seem much more realistic and humorous but the book is still adult fiction and should not be read by anyone too young, although high school and up should be fine because it's nothing they haven't heard before in the halls.
The book was absolutely brilliantly developed, however, the narration performance was also quite excellent. Changing accents, shifting tones, perfect performance to set the overall mood for the scene at hand. Narration was definitely a compliment to the book.
The only negative I found was the repetition of the word alchemical! I swear towards the end it was in almost every sentence! Lol, it might have just been me but it got annoying. That was the only reason I gave the story a 4 rather than a 5. In all honesty it was more of a 4.5 but the star options are in whole counts.
Overall, it is a fantastic read that will last for quite some time, as it is also rather lengthy and will not run out weeks before your next credit is available. If you live credit to credit as I do and want an excellent fiction book to occupy your time, look no further than the "Lies of Locke Lamora".
I own all the books and am now working my way through the audio versions. This is my favorite series of all time and for one that I love so much, the narrator only made it better (I often find myself disappointed when I listen to books that I've already read and have become attached to). Scott Lynch is an incredible story teller and amazingly witty and intelligent. There is nothing that I can write that would do this book and this series justice, in terms of a review.
I love Lynch's writing. The characters are the epitome of loveable rogues with hearts of gold (or white iron) and the plot is an intricate wheels within wheels style that will leave you guessing.
Through Rose Tinted Glasses
An enjoyable fantasy heist story. A good length for a casual listener and a fun, unique story.
I think this was one of those books that would have been better to read than listen. The format of the chapters had me lost at times and did not know what frame of mind I needed to be in with all of the time travel back and forth.
Michael Page did a good job telling the story, however, his character voices at times were a little hard to distinguish to whom they belonged to.
Because I had a hard time visualizing what was going on with all of the past and present time chapters going back and forth, I don't think I will continue with the series on audio, I may continue it on book.
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