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 is a swashbuckling tale with adventure, trickery and a fair amount of violence. Think of the Three Musketeers, Robin Hood and Hustle with sorcery and science fiction thrown in, and you still won't do it justice.
This is not a genre I generally go for, bought it on the basis of the recommendations here at Audible. It blew me away. The prose is incredibly rich, the narrator is superb, the adventure is riveting. I can't recommend it highly enough.
And: it's good to read a book with such strong and well developed female characters, so often ignored in this type of story.
I was hooked within a minute, and as a commuting listener I more than once sat in my car outside the house to hear "just a bit more". Enjoy.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I found this book by search Audible for it's highest rated books in every genre. I was shocked to find a Fantasy novel I'd never heard of, and happily gave it a try. It was as good as everyone says.
The narration is superb. The dialog is witty and sharp. The story is fast-paced and captivating.
I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading on.
This is a great yarn made even more enjoyable by the reader, Michael Page. He brings every character to colorful life.
All of the books by Joe Abercrombie. Same genre, same feel.
I don't think that my imagination would, on its own, create the characterizations that Michael Page creates. Mr. Page certainly enhances the experience of enjoying this fine book.
The trellis scene, in which Locke and Jean are descending from a tower, they hope, clandestinely. It does not quite turn out that way. Also, the scenes with Father Chains are priceless.
I would listen to anything narrrated by Mr. Page. Bravo!
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
You really come to care for the characters of this book. Buy the end, they are friends, You will root for them, and feel for them, and that's all I'm telling you so I don't spoil anything.
Michael Page did a superb job. His narration was the characters. The characters were his voice. He was fantastic.
Rated "R" for language.
I was a good 2 hours into this book when I started wondering how this could be considered Fantasy. Well, it is, but if builds slowly, and is certainly not dominated by stereotypical fantasy themes. It is the characters of this book that make it a wholesome read. The story is fantastic and once you get used to the back and forth in the timeline you will appreciate how it helps fold the story lines with back story. By the end I was in love with this book and eagerly went onto the second in the series.
What else do you need to hear? You're wasting time. Pick this one. Thieves, conning, comedy, French-sounding names? Everything you didn't know you wanted in a story.
Awesome story! Excited about the next book in the story line. Spoken with good imaginative and descriptive voice for audible.
I love, love, love to read. Until I found audio books and now I love to listen: esp great stories told by great narrators.
If you liked Dickens Great Expectations or the movies Ocean's Eleven or The Italian Job then you're in for a treat here. Great characters and a twisty-turny bunch of stories will keep you listening for 30+ hours. I'm off to start book two of The Gentleman Bastard series.
Scott Lynch is an excellent story teller, weaving plots and sub-plots in and out through well developed and colorful characters, led by Locke Lamora. A wonderful book of intrigue and surprises. I can't wait for the next one.
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