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 book started off great and had an incredible premise and set of characters but near the end I felt that is lacked a lot of what made it great in the earlier chapter which was Locke being clever and turned into him just saving the day the most straightforward way possible of walking in and telling everyone what was wrong.
The first 3 quarters is give 5/5 the last quarter 2/5
I enjoyed the crap out of this book. I tend towards fantasy novels, and this is fantasy. It's also full of lies and humor and scams. Think Leverage with magic. I never truly knew what was going to happen next, or how the author would resolve all the conflict that was building. The characters curse constantly, and the material can be very adult, so I wouldn't recommend listening to it around younger ears. The voice acting is also top-notch. I hope you have as much fun listening as I did.
This book ranks high on my list of audio books. It is really amazing.
The book is most like The Lord of the Rings, or like The Hobbit. It's full of action and it's full of fantasy. The world reminds me so much of Assassin's Creed. The difference is that the world has more fantastical elements.
My favorite scene is when the Locke tricks the Duke, whom he's already tricking with a different disguise, into thinking that he's the leader of what passes for the police.
It was something that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting, but the book is really long. I really did enjoy it though.
The only thing that I don't like about the book is all the interludes that happen.
someone who is just getting into middle earth type fantasy and does not have a clue about "Lord of The Rings" just might enjoy
none of the characters captuerd my interest and the story itself was not engaging
not sure Micheal Page"s performace was bad i do'nt berlieve he had a whole lot of material to work with
this was thoroughly entertaining. if I could give the performance a 10, I would. Michael Page knocked it out of the park. :-)
My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
I really wanted to like this book. It was exactly the sort of book that I would like, and it did have some good parts. I generally liked the main characters, especially Jean, and wanted them to succeed. And some of the mini-plots scattered throughout the book were fun. But despite that, I just didn't like it that much. The narration was too stiff/formal and there were some major story issues that I couldn't get past (see below). I've heard the next book in the series is better, but I don't think I will bother.
A review by someone named Emily put it best. This is supposed to be a story about a master thief, someone with a natural genius for plotting who has been meticulously trained for years on end. But he is kind of an idiot. He falls for simple tricks and constantly walks into traps, only escaping due to luck and/or the actions of others. And yet he's been milking the city's elite for years on end for effectively millions of dollars. In real life, people just aren't that dumb, and it's insulting (and boring) when authors write characters like that.
Furthermore, the mage in this story is way too powerful. If this was a video game, you would say that the magic system is completely broken. Why does the Gray King need all of these elaborate plans when he is essentially invincible? The day he hired the Bondsmage, he could have just walked right up to Capa Barsavi and killed him and taken his money, etc. whatever he wanted to do.
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Really good story. Once you get used to the way it's written, with the story switching back and forth between timelines, discussing the past to give context to the present, it's a great listen.
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