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 love Lynch's writing. The characters are the epitome of loveable rogues with hearts of gold (or white iron) and the plot is an intricate wheels within wheels style that will leave you guessing.
Through Rose Tinted Glasses
An enjoyable fantasy heist story. A good length for a casual listener and a fun, unique story.
I think this was one of those books that would have been better to read than listen. The format of the chapters had me lost at times and did not know what frame of mind I needed to be in with all of the time travel back and forth.
Michael Page did a good job telling the story, however, his character voices at times were a little hard to distinguish to whom they belonged to.
Because I had a hard time visualizing what was going on with all of the past and present time chapters going back and forth, I don't think I will continue with the series on audio, I may continue it on book.
It was moderately slow until the whole story started to really unfold. The back in forth of the timeline is disorienting at first. Narrator could have spoke a little faster but he was annoying and did a good job varying the voices. I'm looking forward to the next adventure.
Audiobooks are my drug of choice
This is a series that could be listened to repeatedly and some missed detail will probably be found each time.
The books I love most have an abundance of characters I find myself becoming attached to. It would be impossible to select just one. The author gives them such life!
This is my first experience with Michael Page's narration. He does a beautiful job. I kind of think he makes Locke sound a tiny bit like Captain Jack Sparrow, and that is certainly not a bad thing! LOL
One could never properly make this book into a film! Please, nobody try!
If you are offended by frequent cursing, and I mean the down and dirty type, you may want to avoid this one. However, you will be missing out on a wild, surprising epic adventure. I am on the third book in this series and will be continuing the ride until the end. The Gentleman Bastards are constantly getting in and out of scrapes, sometimes by the skin of their teeth. They always seem to have a trick up a sleeve (literally) when it seems there is no way out. If you enjoy humor, fantasy, trickery and adventure, don't wait to start this one. I had it on my to- read list for years and I'm kicking myself for not starting it sooner. If nothing else, you'll learn a bunch of new and creative insults to add to your repertoire.
The world is totally new and very good described. I like the harsh language too (pg advised).
The performance is excellent. All characters are spoken so differently that one knows who speaks immediately. In addition he even managed to fake accents and moods. A 5+ work.
The story arc itself is good, maybe not 5 stars, but 4. But the ideas for the world and its description earns a fair additional star.
Starts out slow & a bit confusing but ends with splendor!
Can't wait to hear the rest of lockes devious adventures.
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