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)
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.
why so much garbage? waste of time and money. I think I would have actually liked the story, it's just not worth it to me to sift through the filth. I guess I'm returning this for another Brandon Sanderson Book with an awesome world, story, and writing.
Unique and inventive use of the 'F word' . Hilarious, loveable characters. Great twists. No dictionary of Middle Earth or Elvish translation needed.
Loved this book. Certainly one of my favorites. Father Chains in particular caused me laugh out loud - often - Michael Page did a great job.
There were a lot of great moments and funny quotes. This one that really tickled me...
“What kind of knife is this?”
Locke held a rounded buttering utensil up for Chains’ inspection.
“It’s all wrong. You couldn’t kill anyone with this.”
“Well, not very easily, I’ll grant you that, my boy.”
Chains guided Locke in the placement of the butter knife and assorted small dishes and bowls.
“But when the quality get together to dine, it’s impolite to knock anybody off with anything but poison. That thing is for scooping butter, not slicing windpipes.”
The character dialog in this book is some of the most entertaining I've ever heard/read in a fantasy series. The world building is very quick to pick up and jump into but it also surprises you with how deep it eventually goes.
An excellent "Thieves’ tale". Cool but passionate characters. Plot twists and turns and great con artistry.
Definitely "Father Chains".
I laughed pretty often at the impressively colorful and descriptive insults and expletives uttered by the characters.
If you're any sort of gamer that likes to play a thief/rogue character type, you'll appreciate this book.
Teacher & musician.
This is a great story, containing everything an epic fantasy reader yearns for. Crazy ambition, foul villains, magic, and deep twisting plots are woven deftly together into an intricate tale of destiny, blood and vengeance.
Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.
While I rated the performance as 5, I will admit to listening to the book on 1.25 speed, as I otherwise found the reading slow. The plot was not, however, and this was a fun listen with imaginative scenarios, plausible within the world Lynch created. Worth the credit, for sure.
Well-written work of art. Unique and poetic. full of beautiful imagery, lively character structures, and a decent story. I highly recommend this book.
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