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Publisher's Summary

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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fucking awesome

super fucking awesome. really fucking awesome. fucking fucking awesome. not worth 50 bucks. very fucking awesome

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awesome

this book feels like a fantasy version of leverage. was great would recommend to anyone that likes a complicated plot

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Perfect story, Obnoxious Narrator- get it in print

The narrator gives Everyone but a few main characters very obnoxious voices. It is a constant assault on the ears, and distracting. This story is extremely well put together and I highly recommend it, but get it in paperback!

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Amazing it is a Must

I recommend this book to every who loves fantasy stories. the characters are amazing just wow

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Damn good book

only one real comment, which is that I would have rathered locke to trick the Grey King somehow instead of somehow winning against all odds in a fight. I was really hoping that maybe he would have pulled a bait and switch or something, make it seem like the Grey King won and then flipped the situation on its head and killed him.

it would also have been nice if there was some notion at all of what the next book would entail, just show that the plot was ripe to thicken instead of tying a nice bow on it.

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Masterful

Truely a great book, and Michael Page's narration was supreme! I can't think of anything about the book that I didn't enjoy.

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The next epic series

I couldn't recommend this book enough. Without spoiling the plot it's a heist story with fantasy elements in an Italian Renaissance era setting.

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gripping read enhanced with stellar performance

An entertaining and fantastic caper brought to life by the performance of Michael Page. On the occasions when listening was inconvenient I read it on Kindle; the story is still a page turner packed with wit.

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brilliant storyline & brilliant performance

I couldn't stop listening. Almost felt like I was at a play. I did a lot of research prior to purchasing this book. Research paid off. This book is a definitely needed addition to my library.

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Fun Read

A bit tedious at times, but worth continuing. Well developed characters and story line. Enjoyed it enough to go to the next volume.