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 really enjoyed this book. The characters were colorful, the settings and storyline were richly complex, and the voices the reader used both fit the material and allowed the listener to easily keep track of who was speaking. Recommended.
Honestly, I am amazed by how much I dislike this book. Firstly, the author gives you no reason to care about the characters. He jumps back and forth from their youth to adulthood in a way that is seemingly supposed to give you insight into why the characters are who they are as adults, but really doesn't give you any good cause for them being who they are.
Also, jumping about in this manner, as opposed to having a linear progression from child to adult, took away my ability to care about the characters. Possibly if I had gone along on the journey from their childhood I could have cared about what they were doing as adults, but as it was I was bored and frustrated, waiting for anything at all to happen that would cause me to care about them.
Even then, however, I probably couldn't have gotten over the fact that the characters have absolutely no morals or sufficient cause for their actions.
*SPOILERS* By morals, I am talking about having a single good quality that could cause you to root for it's fulfillment. Maybe it is just me, but I don't care to root for the bad guys who are actually bad with no real redeeming qualities. This is not a very articulate review. It was pretty difficult for me to pay attention to this book and I finally gave up on it when SPOILER pretty much every character dies that I might have grown to care a little about. Primarily I am writing it because when I got the book it was because it had so many good reviews. Here is one for the people like me.
Brutal, Confidence, Immersive
Just about everything.
I don't want to spoil it.
Even Bastards Can Be Gentlemen
I simply loved this book.
Yes! Narration was effective, and Lynch creates a rich, heady, detailed world that allows for revisiting. Lynch is also not afraid to mess around with a linear chronology. I'm sure if I were to listen again, I would pick up on so much more.
The cleverness, moral ambiguity, and humor of the characters provide a refreshing twist on traditional fantasy. Locke and the other Gentlemen Bastards get themselves in to some pretty ridiculous situations and you wonder how they will ever get out.
Michael Page's accents at first were difficult for me to listen to, but then they grew on me. By the end of the book, I really liked Chains and Jean.
Yes, the beginning was great, mid way through I loss the feel from the beginning, these characters were too easily out maneuvered...I thought that was a bit of a cop out. Still, a lot of fun.
The early stories of his childhood were very entertaining.
I love a good lonnnnng listen. The wheel of time and Dark tower type of long.
I would have given the main character more Moxie. It seemed he was unable to be the person you wanted him to be. There was mention of Locke having some form of magic in the beginning of the book, but we never heard about it again.
I would recomend it, the narrator was fine and the flash-backs were entertaining.
any book I listen to needs to be 15 hours. Like I like my movies a minimum of 2 hours. Yes there was alot of character build up.
An original world with only minimal magic, mostly wits and loyalty driving the story. Great visual images, background legends, a wonderful hero, and plot twists impossible to guess. Narration was excellent, differentiating characters with accents from countries that don't even exist.
I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.
It took me awhile to get into this book, but when I did, I really enjoyed the completly otherworldly feel of the setting all the glass buildings and bridges was very interesting to me. I liked the underdog bad guy that you eneded up rooting for. I loved the connection that the gentlemen bastards have. And the strong if laughable integrity of Loch. Over all it was a long book but that only gave the writer more time to clearly develop all the characters.
This book kept me on my toes. There are plenty of twists and turns which will keep you listening long past your intended time. The end is truly unexpected and makes this book so very worth it!
As a fantasy fanatic, it's nice to read a book every now and then that doesn't have magic or a main character who is so far above everyone else. There is nothing grand about anyone in the book, just their exceptional skill at what they do and the training they have poured into their art.
The narrator did an outstanding job. He managed to give all the characters their own personality and helped me see each of them in my minds eye perfectly.
There were spots that seemed to drag a bit but altogether I remained interested.
I keep waiting for a third book to come out and check back regularly to see if it has.
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