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)
"The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch was not up my dark damp rat infested alley. I didn't know the story was soley about, child abuse (I am being dramatic), theives, and all the immorality possible. I am so against lieing, being a MOM of 6, that the topic caused me to feel like turning this off after just a few chapters. But I kept listening, and then by about the third try, I got through it. I guess I am a romantic and have to admit I like the stories with soulful, thrilling story lines, heros and happy endings. Noone in this book had an ounce of right or wrong. I guess that was the point. If you want to learn how to be cleverly deceptive, this book is for you.
No, I love stories from this genre. Really, this book was a good listen, but the topic was hard for me to stomach.
He was brilliant on the transitions between characters. Listeners won't be distracted by his smoothe transitions from character to character.
Maybe if it were brought into the modern times it could be a TV show. So many people deal with deception daily, maybe it would make your audience see through some of it.
If I could I'd probably give this 3.5 out of 5 stars, since it is bbetter than average.
Think of it as being the God Father meets medieval venice with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure. There is a lot of violence and swearing in this book, but its sort of tongue in cheek, and unless you are particularly sensitive I doubt people would be offended.
As usual Michael Page does a fantastic job of narration.
Its an action packed rollicking read, so yif you are looking for a lot of intrigue and introspection then you won't find it hear.
In an echo of A song Of Ice And fire the author has no qualms in killing off major characters in brutal and unexpected ways ... so be warned, don't get too attached to any character as they mightn't make it through to the end.
The story is complete in itself, but it does leave it open for a sequel.
I'm not sure I found it engaging enough to purchase the second book in the story, but if I was looking for a light read with plenty of action then I might consider it.
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It took a little while to get used to the narrator but it was perfect. Great story telling, great story! I had to listen to them all. I love the series!
Absolutely. I was listening to the second book of the drizzt saga (Exile: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 2 BY: R. A. Salvatore) and was content with its rather simple writing style when i looked at the reviews for the third book. One of the rating was very low, i read the review and person had nothing nice to say about the series and recommended this book. On a whim i bought it and was entertained beyond expectation. Seriously, anyone looking for a sure win has found one, nothing about this book was less then amazing.
Two books. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. neither of these books are similar to one another, but I name them because by the end of the book you are so eager to listen to them again that you do (more then once in my case). they weave such an interesting world full for character, places and cultures so different from anything remotely normal or boring that you almost have to listen to them again to even take in the full essence of the stories being told.
A Johnny Depp instant cult classic trilogy.
Michael Page did a brilliant job with all the characters. He managed not only to bring the young and old, male or female to believable life, but even different dialects and cultural affectations were carried off seamlessly.
Again, I really wanted to like this. I love this genre but this story just sort of went nowhere. There didn't seem to be any goal. None of the characters were really developed with very little reason for their actions.
I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.
VERY eloquently roguish dialogue, characters, and narration, which can be somehow totally crass and artfully constructed at the same time! The way alchemy and "magic" replace science in the world of this story is understated enough to let the life events of the main character, who gets by with only his wit and the dedication of his friends, shine. There are a few key aspects of this whole other world which Scott Lynch has built to be the setting of Locke Lamora's tale which I admire a great deal! The people of this world seem to be in a relatively young phase of human advancement on their planet wherein much is still unexplained to them, and they often call the unexplained "magic", though you get the sense that their unexplained phenomena might ACTUALLY be magical! This culturally familiar, yet physically alien world is altogether highly creative and very well developed, but it's subtly presented as not really a focal point of the story, but rather an essential part of the journey of the characters involved, and its a vast and mysterious place, full of very marked and differing cultures, and is both frightening and beautiful. In the societies Lynch has built with this story, I've noticed that bigotry of all kinds, like racism, sexism, etc., are pretty much non-existent. Reading this series has given me a surprisingly refreshing opportunity to be engaged in a world where people are raised, employed, murdered and robbed with barely any consideration for whether or not they happened to have been born women or men, light skinned or dark. Really the only time birth makes someone superior here is when they are born into money. Life is harsh there as most everyone seems to be in desperate financial straights and living with the daily threat of being captured and sold into slavery or killed in the street and dumped in the river (except for the few extremely wealthy dukes and duchesses, and the small merchant class, of course). The absence of bigotry does not play an explicit role in the plot or dialogue, it's just a part of the way things are in this particular world, so it doesn't seem preachy or distracting, yet lends some undertones of social depth to the civilizations the story is set in, adding to that pleasant feeling of escape and catharsis which a rich and well written story can offer. This book really has everything you could ask for from a great fiction read! It's all too much for me to write a complete review on! Scott Lynch deserves a lot of acclaim for this series, it's really shown him to be as skilled as any best selling fiction author on the shelves, and better than many! It's a really fun, engrossing book, and the next one in the series doesn't disappoint. Get it!
Yes, it is one of the best books I've read since Name of the Wind.
The twists and turns and more twists and turns.
Although the writing in the Joe Ambercrombie books is really good, I found them really dark and depressing, and what I liked least was that there was not a single character to identify with, like, or root for. I was hesitant to acquire this audio book because of the folks who compared it to the Joe Ambercrombie books. I think the comparisons (in those other reviews) between this book and Joe Ambercrombie's books get it wrong. This book has very good writing. Yes, it is very gory at times - however so much so it feels completely over the top - as if the author was trying to outdo himself and everyone else by having fun trying to answer the question: "How gruesome can I get?". That actually made the story kind of fun. (Unlike Ambercrombie who just makes you disgusted and depressed.) The main character may be a cheat and a thief, but he is much easier to spend time with and root for and get along with. There are quite a few other good characters too. While the bad guys are really horrible, they aren't unlikeable (in their own way). There are even hints of romance in the book. I look forward to the next one in the series. This engaging story is told by a reader who is simply fantastic!
“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
This book came highly recommended by another author that rates at the top of every list I have ever had and ever will have. I began listening to this book with high expectations. I have to admit, I was quite board with it. I just couldn't find that connection. I began to listen in vain because hey, I used a credit on this book, Im not wasting it! I thought if these characters were to die on the next page it wouldn't matter to me in the least. But when that page eventually came along, I cared. A lot! I somehow became very invested into these characters along the way. I will continue to purchase this series only after a few others in my wish list are completed. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 because there is nothing really to pick apart with this book. The story was well written and the narrator did a great job.
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