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)
This story kept me entertained from beginning to end! I thought the narrator did a great job keeping the characters distinct and conveying all the appropriate emotion with his voice. I don't normally like stories that jump back and forth in time, but I really enjoyed the intricate weaving of time that was done with this story. I highly recommend it. Very satisfying story, that leaves you wanting to hear more. Thankfully there is more to come!
Scott Lynch creates a fantastical world reminiscent of renaissance Venice Italy full of royalty and thieves. I feel that it is written more like modern fiction than it is traditional fantasy, magic is present but not over-explained.
Michael Page does an amazing job with his performance, he brings all of the characters to life and gives them accents and speech patterns that I would have totally missed if I’d have read a printed book.
I really liked this story and now can’t wait to read the second book in the series.
Certain portions were impossible to put down.
The writing is brilliant and entertaining. The world is vivid and the characters are fantastic. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because I have a hard time seeing un-involved characters get screwed over. Don't know why.
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend, and would tell my enemies to avoid it. The story is fascinating and the characters are captivating.
Aside from Locke Lamora, my favorite characters were Father Chains and the duke's spider. Listen to the book to see why ...
Father Chains was too delicious for words.
It made me listen to it when I was NOT in the car. That is a pretty extreme reaction for me.
Harry Potter for grown-ups! But definitely NOT for children.
If I had read Locke Lamora in paperback, I would be far more enamored. The world Lynch created is detailed and engaging and his characters have lives of their own. The plot line drags.
The storyline alternates between current events in grown-up Locke's life and his origins as a child thief. The origin story is at least as interesting as the current day, but it does get a bit tedious moving between the two, as it takes twice as long for any plot development to occur. In a paperback, this would be no problem, as I would quickly skim the offending sections and read more slowly in the engaging ones.
In audio format, however, you are required to listen to every, single, word, regardless of whether the current side-tale is interesting or not. Michael Page does a great job with voices and brings the characters to life, but even he cannot make up for six to eight hours of just too much material.
By the second of the three 8 hour installments, I was tempted to give up. I forged ahead, and I am relatively glad I did (?), but I won't be listening to the second book. If I do pick it up, it'll be for a quick read instead of a slogging listen.
I like stories where we see the main character develop from childhood. The back story was terrific and painted a unique picture of a world that may have been a bit earth, like but was mysterious and magical. I was entranced and enjoyed every hour of this book. I I found myself getting emotionally involved in the outcome of Lock and his gang of outrageous thieves,laughing at their cleaver antics and cheering for their victories.
Here was a Fantasy story that surprised and delighted me at every turn, had me laughing out loud, or waiting in nervous anticipation of how Lock would untangle himself from the most terrible of situations." I loved the verbal dance of insults between characters too.
He has a lovely voice to listen to. I liked his accents and all the different voices he could make. He was perfect for this book.
yes, but it is long so I had it on my i pad in the car, in addition to playing it during the day when I was working on the computer or around the house. If there was a free moment I had it playing and then immediately bought the sequel to keep the story going..
I hope the author Scott Lynch writes more books. He is a great talent. I don't bother doing a lot of reviews but wanted to shout from the rooftops that this is a fantastic book.
One of the best stories I have heard in some time. Love the characters. Narration really added to the story. Highly recommend this first book. I will definitely get the rest of the series as it is available.
I loved the first half and somewhere into the second half it degraded to like.
The set-up was great. I can see Geoffrey Rush playing Chains so easily!
I started losing interest somewhere around the time of "the big loss" wondering how such brilliant thieves did not have other, unknown, hidden resources to draw upon in case of emergency.
I would have enjoyed more detail on some parts which were glossed over (perhaps something profound learned on the farm?)
Overall, I found the ending a bit lackluster and feel it did not live up to the beginning of the book.
warnings - a few grisly scenes some might not stomach well ... and to those who are greatly offended by language ... this book probably isn't for you. LOL!
Scott Lynch takes this relatively common story of a thief that's more than meets the eye, and adds complexity and intrigue. I drive 4 hours a day, but would find myself not wanting to get out mof my car just so I could find out what was going to happen to the characters. The characters themselves are artfully developed, which allows them to drive the story effortlessly.
Way of Shadows, though written better, and instead of being an assassin, Locke is a thief.
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