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 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 grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
This book is nothing less than astounding. It's got thieves pulling off capers, masterminds, mages, alchemists, assassins... shark-fighting gladiators; whatever you're looking for, it's probably got it here. Not only is the world itself not a Tolkien / Martin knock-off, the writing style is just laugh-out-loud funny and equally cringe-worthy when those moments arise. Honestly, I have trouble describing how incredible this is - if you got this far to where you're reading a review, trust me when I say this book is for you. Grab it.
Michael Page is new to me, and now he's instantly one of my all-time favorite narrators. This guy goes from meek and sniveling to bombastic and pompous in the blink of an eye, and everywhere in between. This book is a performance of the highest caliber, and he clearly had way too much fun with it.
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.
Clever, gritty, dark, wonderful character development, and rich setting. This feels like Joe Abercrombie wrote a thief novel - and narration is absolutely top notch. I've read a lot fantasy, medieval, and thief stories and this is so far above anything else, there's just no comparison. The characters carry deep baggage and the sort of human flaws that make them feel realistic without tarnishing your love of them. The setting is a rich world with its own culture, nuance, and unique elements that are brought to life organically through the characters' interaction instead of tedious description.
Definitely in the top three books I've listened to. It was smart, funny in places, solemn and serious in others. Some parts were predictable, but there was enough surprises even through the end to keep it interesting throughout. I purchased this book because someone else commented that it was far better than expected... and I have to agree whole heartedly.
Can't really say I have a favorite. I loved the "voice" that the writer gave to Loche - reminiscent of Jack Sparrow, if PofC wasn't a Disney flick. There are some very good one liners delivered impeccably by Michael Page.
I would never have believed this was narrated by only one person. Even Loche's different personas could have been different people.
No, far too long for that
The "interludes" between chapters are a little distracting, but it's a way to break up the back story without revealing too much too soon. This book is also definitely not for anyone who get's offended by blue language.
I think Lynch is a fantastic "new" writer and I'm looking forward to reading any work he does outside the world of Lamora, or perhaps, newer books in the series.
Page was fantastic; I'll be searching out his work for sure.
Absolutely. He has a knack for beautiful prose and world building; even if this one was a bit overdone and rife with annoying flashbacks and interludes.
Even in the end, when I finally began to feel for some of the characters, I am still left with some lack of overall interest and I'm not quite sure why. I'd love to read something in a world outside of the Gentlemen Bastards; something new.
This is a hard question to answer simply because the character development was extremely slow. I nearly put the book down for good several times because I did not care at all for any one character. Eventually, I grew to love Jean.
If it weren't for my determination to finish what I begin, I would have missed the eventual character dev. This is mostly because Lynch decided to tell the story with several flashbacks and interludes which left a complete picture of the Gentlemen Bastards (and my love for each them) unfulfilled until the tail-end of the book.
Slow start, slow character development, beautiful writing if a tad overdone, fantastic world, slightly disappointing climax.
This is a book by a very skilled writer and talented storyteller at the beginning of his game. With some experience and honing he could very well become something great.
Fantasy and Romance Author
What a fun story! In a world littered with the mysterious buildings and artifacts of an alien civilization, master con-man Lock Lamora and his band of sworn brothers set out to swindle the nobility, Robin Hood-style, in a setting that mingles Renaissance Italy and Dickensian London.
An orphan sold to a notorious thief-master, and trained as a pickpocket and petty thief, Locke is a born troublemaker, a restless genius with a knack for biting off more than he can chew, and leaving chaos and unintended destruction in his wake. Along with Jean Tannen, warrior and intellectual, a young thief nicknamed 'Bug,' and a set of larcenous twin brothers, Carlo and Galdo, Locke is later adopted by a priest determined to train a select group of thieves to prey upon the city's upper classes, and ultimately to break the power of the city's Capo, the master of all the criminal gangs.
Unfortunately for Locke and his gang, a new and mysterious criminal figure, nicknamed The Gray King, is also determined to take over the city's criminal underworld...and the Gray King has a frightening and powerful sorcerer at his bidding. What follows catapults Locke into a complex scheme of revenge and bloody conflict as he finds himself cast into the role of the city's unwilling savior.
Loved the high-spirited plot and the sharp dialogue, enhanced by a wonderful performance from narrator Michael Page, who gives each character a distinctive voice and characterization. I've already downloaded the sequel, RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES, and am looking forward the publication of the third book in the series in October 2013.
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