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 am an attorney. I am a professor. I am a father. I am a work-a-holic. I am obsessed with my daughter. I like books that make me better
This book, and the line of books it begins, is awesome. Well written and well thought out. I view it as "Ocean's 11" meets the gritty fantasy inspired by the Martin books. I view Lynch as one of the three leaders of the new school of fantasy:
1. Joe Abercrombie (First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and Red Country).
2. Patrick Rothfus (Name of the Wind, and The Wise Man's Fear)
3. Scott Lynch (Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Skies over Red Seas)
All three authors are great. I think Abercrombie, thus far, has shown the best stuff. As far as audible, the First Law Trilogy and Red Country have the best fantasy narrator in Steven Pacey. Pacey turns those novels into movies.
Pace is decent enough for Lynch's two books. And Podhel does a good job with Rothfus' tombs. I think all of these books are must reads/listens for fantasy lovers. No place better to start than with this book by Lynch.
The action and writing style.
The epic battle with the mage of course.
Ocean's 11 meets High Fantasy!
I should have liked this one- interesting plot, humor, sympathetic characters, originality. Unfortunately, every time I began to get emotionally invested either there was such a long, irrelevant setting description that I lost track of the plot, or there was a weird out of sequence scene that threw me (not a flashback, I enjoyed the interlude flashbacks more than the "current" scenes, but the same scene seen first through the eyes of a minor character, then later through the protagonist's viewpoint, or some similar "trick.")
The narrator was quite nice to listen to with a rich, resonant voice, and he did the best he could with the material, but to love this one you need to find lavish setting descriptions emotionally satisfying. I do not.
Being a big fan of fantasy novels, I loved the world Lynch created. It was colorful, detailed, had a touch of magic with all the alchemy mentioned in the extravagant lives of the nobles. I also liked the structural layers of the classes of people/society. Lynch created very lively characters that were believable and worth caring about. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
As a minor point, I wished Lynch could have created more localized versions of swearing. The very Earth-like cussing kept taking me out of the story, but in all honesty I'm not sure if there was anything else he could have done. Creating languages for alien worlds is not an easy thing to do. As I said, minor point and didn't really interfere with my enjoyment of the tale to the point of giving it lower marks.
The narrator, Michael Page, was FABULOUS! Not only was his British accent entrancing and drew me in, but he did such a great job at dramatizing the dialogue and the anguish the characters went through as they encountered their trails. Each voice was so amazingly unique enough in each scene for perfect distinction. His narrations were forthright and a perfect background, as a narrator should be, relaying the story and not interfering with the tale, giving the characters an excellent stage for their presentations.
I highly recommend this book to those who love fantasy and can't stop turning the pages (or loathe to turn off the audio player). Looking forward to more.
I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.
This book showed up in my recomended books multiple times but the cover and summary just didnt do it for me. Even with all the positive reviews i still stayed away. Not really sure why. Fortunately i finally gave in and tried it. The Lies of lock Lamora was a wonderful story. It completely held my interest and had me sitting in the driveway after arriving home. The characters are likeable and the action is aplenty. This is one of those where our main character is a bad guy but hes not a bad guy, and i love it. Great writing and a great story with more to come. Another grerat series. looking forward to the rest of the story.
Excellent pacing and superb dialogue.
The sequencing kept the story fresh, while the limited scope of the setting and characters allowed for deep levels of detail without seeming unnatural or contrived by the author.
Yes, oh god yes.
Please give this book a chance, even if you don't like harsh/foul language, this book is worth enduring; I have read or listened to almost every well known fantasy series; this is my new favorite.
The narrator is very, very good,
This story about Locke Lamora and his encounters with Copa Barsalvi and the Grey King is outright amazing. I was caught off guard by numerous twists in the story. It was funny, interesting, and always had me wanting to listen to more.
I appreciated how the story was told with the interludes and all the little details that added up to a superlative listening experience. Micheal Page was fantastic as narrator and I would easliy listen to another book he reads.
I cannot emphasis enough that people should check this book out.
I recommend this to everyone. The narration is spectacular, the story intriguing the whole way through, and the limitations of the characters are so realistic.
Locke, of course. He is the main character and everything about him is fascinating. It takes most of the book together his story but each detail makes him more lovable and awe inspiring
He performs the sequel to this book. He conveys such anguish and despair for the characters that they seem to be speaking for themselves
At first I didn't understand what was going on so it took a while to get into. As soon as I figured out what was happening I couldn't stop listening. I lost a lot of sleep listening to this book. So very worth it.
There is a lot of swearing in this book, but the narrator makes it seem so natural and the situations would prompt a real person to curse a lot. I loved this book and regret how long it took before I finally bought it.
adventurous, mischievous, entertaining.
It has to be Locke. His complex schemes and disguises are so much fun to listen to, and his confidence-bordering on arrogance is endearing rather than annoying. His loyal friend Jean Tannen is also great character, though!
I love it when authors can bring emotion into the dialogue. you know when Locke is in tears, because Page has this catch in his voice that just can't be emulated by just reading it. When the characters are outraged, Michael Page makes you feel it. He does a great job!
There are lots of twists and turns in this book, but it is just so much fun to try to unravel the complicated schemes. Its super entertaining and I would catch myself smiling and laughing aloud at different parts in this. I became emotionally invested in the lives of these characters without even realizing it, always a sign of great writing and narration. I downloaded the sequel to this book before I even finished this one because I didn't want to stop listening to the tales of Locke Lamora
I'll read anything, fiction, nonfiction, sci fi, mystery, young adult, even a romance if it is well written.
Dickens in Italy
The Night Circus
The Graveyard Book (for performance quality)
Michael Page actually seems to savor the language, adding to the atmosphere by building a sound architecture to match the writing.
No, I wanted to take it in pieces, making it last.
The plot is good, the characters better!
First, if cursing offends you, note the title and move on. I really liked this no-magic magic-book; although there are some strange capabilities resembling magic in "gentling" and definitely in the "bondsmages", the real magic comes from the brotherhood of the gentleman bastards.
My friend Steve Diamond recommended this book to me ages ago and I just got around to it. I loved how all the strange bits came together at the end. Mostly, I loved the connection and trust between the bastards and where that connection ranked in comparison to their actual goals.
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